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Oh, my soul, wonder and adore. He is mine, and I am his, for ever and ever, Amen. My soul saith Amen!” The following is from one of her letters :
Oh, the difference between this life and that which is to come, when a real likeness between the Head and the members shall take place; when these frail bodies of ours, in feeling the power of perfection and immortal vigour, shall join with the sons of the morning, and shout for joy. Oh, eternity! eternity! how desirable art thou ! adorned with the unsearchable, uncreated riches of Deity-softened by their near con. nexion with one nature in the person of the son of God--the glorious everlasting King, Priest, and Prophet, Head of the covenant, Author of all things!"
“ How inexpressibly sweet is it, after a seed-time of heavy mourning, to come again with rejoicing, bringing our sheaves with us! This is a sweet reward for a mourner's toil, labour, and grief; and the hotter the battle is, the more glorious will be the victory. Hear that voice from the excellent glory saying, "Him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which grows in the midst of the paradise of God.' Oh, who would not run and strive, fight and wrestle, for such a glorious reward !"
We cordially recommend this book to our readers. In this we follow the example of the Rev. J. Barr, of Port Glasgow, who prefixes to the volume a favourable notice of it, and a high attestation to the worth of Mrs. Simpson.
EXPLANATORY STATEMENT. In The Orthodox Presbyterian for June 1832, it is stated by Dr. Cooke, that two ministers of the Secession church (one of whom is understood to be the Rev. Mr. Coulter) were willing, and more than willing, to enter the Synod of Ulster, provided they could have obtained congregations. This has been denied on the part of Mr. Coulter, in the Belfast News-Letter. A disagreeable controversy has hence ensued, and we have been requested, as the mutual friends of both parties, to take the subject of dispute into our consideration, with a view to an amicable arrangement. We bave carefully considered the whole matter, and express our opinion upon it in the following statements, which we publish with the consent of Dr. Cooke and Mr. Coulter. :-1. That it appears Dr. Cooke was led to believe, by communications which he had with differert persons, that Mr. Coulter was willing to enter the Synod of Ulster, provided a suitable settlement could be provided.
2. That the origin of this opinion appears to have been a correspond. ence between Mr. Coulter and some members of the Synod, in which Mr. Coulter was advised to join the Synod, but which terminated in his declining to do so.
3. That the impression on Dr. Cooke's mind, of Mr. Coulter being willing to enter the Synod, appears to have been erroneous, and to have been caused by the misunderstanding of mutual friends; and while we believe such an impression was the necessary result of the statements made to Dr. Cooke, we fully acquit the persons who made them of in. tentional misrepresentation,
4. That Mr. Coulter does not appear to have declined entering the Synod through fear of pot obtaining a desirable settlement; but in order
preserve consistency, and lest he might be thought to act from mercebary motives.
R. J. BRYCE, L. L. D.
London Missionary Society. THE Rev. Edward Ray, a Missionary from India, has left Ireland, after a tour of more than two months through a part of Ulster. His object was to raise funds for the London Missionary Society, and to foster the spirit of missions in this country; and from what we have seen and heard of his labours, we hope he has not been unsuccessful. He speaks warmly of the kindness with which he was every where received, and leaves the country, impressed with a high sense of the worth and excellence of the Presbyterian ministry. With a very few exceptions, no disappointments took place, either on the part of Mr. Ray, or those whom he visited.
He had generally good congregations, and, on the whole, we have reason to think, from his report, that the Missionary spirit is making progress, At present there is scarcely a Minister or Session, in either the Synod of Ulster or the Secession Church, that do not feel it to be their duty to open their pulpit to the deputations of the Missionary Societies. The greatest evil of which we have to complain is, that some of our Ministers do not appear sufficiently to feel the duty of devising measures and carrying them into effect, for the support of the Missionary cause, when left to themselves. They give collections cheerfully when applied to for them, but we would desire to see them stepping forward themselves, unsolicited, to carry on the work in their neighbourhood. No church or congregation is rightly organized or governed that has not its own Missionary committee. Were this general, it would foster the Missionary spirit and raise large Missionary funds, without the visit of any deputation; and when visited by a deputation, their way would be extensively opened, and their labours rendered much more effective. The sum collected by Mr. Ray amounts to about £200; and had be been able to have remained a month longer, arrangements were made, by which he could have raised £100 more.
Next year we expect to be favoured with a deputation from the Scottish Missionary Society-an arrangement having been made between the London and the Scottish Societies, by which their deputations are to visit Ireland on the alternate years. Mr. Ray leaves our country with the good wishes and affectionate sympathy of all who met with him, having gained their esteem and love by his diligent labours, faithful discourses, and unassuming deportment. He intends shortly to return to India. The following is a list of the places visited and the collections raised by him. There is added to it an account of the sums transmitted for the Ulster Auxiliary and for the
Scottish Society. A few of the places mentioned were not visited by Mr. Ray, but by some of our Ministers in his stead :Stonebridge, Rev. W. White
£1 10 0 Cootehill, Rov. Mr. Bones..
2 0 0 Rallynure, Rev. Mr. M'Cay..
3 2 0 Ballyeaston, Rev. Mr, Raphael.
2 3 64 : Bailieborough, Rev. P. White ..............
2 4 Newry, Rev. J. Shields.......
3 5 64 Rev. J. Carlisle
4 9 6 Ballynahinch, Rev. J. Shaw.
3 11 6 The Spa,
1 4 6 Dundrod, Rev. Mr. Loughridge
3 2 Belfast Juvenile Society.
5 00 Comber, Rev. J. M*Cance.
6 19 6 Holyroood, Rev. H. Wallace,
Lisburn, Rev. A. Henderson
5 12 6 Drumbo, Rev. C. Blakely.
2 10 0 Dromore, Rev. J. Collins.
2 10 Castlereagh, Rev. H. Hazlett.......
4 10 Bangor, Rev. H. Woods...
3 7 9 Rev. W. Patteson.........
2 11 3 Glastry, Rev. A. Goudy..
2 0 0 Kirkcubbin, Rev. A. M'Ewen.
2 3 8 Lurgan. Rev. H. Dobbin....
8 3 10 Portadown, Rev. Mr. Dowling.
1 1 0 Tullylish, Rev. J. Johnston...,
4 2 2 Moyallen, Do.
| 0 34 Banbridge, Rev. Mr. Anderson.
1 119 Downpatrick, Rev. J. A. Canning.
2 15 0 Officers at the Jail....
1 0 Kilmore, Rev. Mr. Lowry.
111 6 Clough, Rev. F. Dill
3 96 Killough,
0 11 6 Maghera, Rev. Nr. Kennedy
2 5.0 Ahoghill, Rev. Mr. M'Clelland
3 5 7 Clough, Rev. Mr. Hall..
I 2 05 Cullybacky, Rev. H. Hamilton
2 16 6 Ballymena, Rev. A Patterson
6 0 0 Connor, Rev. Messrs. Henry and Hamilton..... 9 1 3 Garvagh, Rev. Mr. Brown.....
1 Randalstown, Rev. A. Jameson..
3 0 5 Finvoy, Rev. J. Elder...
1112 Dunboe, Rev. C. Houston.
1 6 2 Kilraughts, Rev. T. Leslie
6 0 Ballymoney, Rev. R. Park.
11 4 6 Aghadoey, Rev. J. Brown...
5 0 0
0 10 6
0 15 6
£1 0 0
5 0 0 Ballyloggan Prayer-Meeting.
2 0 0 Miss Duffin
0 10 Newry, Miss Waddell..
4 1 0 Granshaw, Rev. Mr. M‘Culloch..
2 12 0 Do. Subscription..
0 10 6 Keady, Mrs. Reed..
1 5 0 Stranorlar,' Mr. Walker........
2 0 6 Miss Hamilton..
0 2 0 Monaghan, Miss Lockhart.
1 3 Belfast Juvenile Society....
5 0 0 Comber Missionary Society
... 4 10 0 Subscriptions for the Ulster. Auxiliary Missionary Society, of which
the Funds are, equally divided between the London and Scottish
2 0 0 Bailieborough, Rev. Mr. Bell.
2 10 0 Mrs. Small
No. XXXVI. SEPTEMBER, 1832.
“THE earth thou visit’st, watering it;
Thou mak'st it rich to grow
When thou provid’st it so.
Her furrows settlest:
Her spring by thee is blest.
Dost with thy goodness crown;
On us drop fatness down.
That do in deserts lie;
Rejoice right pleasantly.
The vales with corn are clad;
For thou hast made them glad.”—Ps. Ixv. 9.
The annals of pastoral poetry present no harvest-song so beautiful-s0 sacred as this. It is just such a song as should ballow every harvest-field, by its adoration and its joy.
Every individual feels that each season of the year brings with it its own peculiar pleasures, and although the contemplation from a distance of the change from one season to another, is not always grateful to the mind, yet as there is a place in which the receding and the advancing seasons seem to blend into each other, so our feelings glide imperceptibly from summer to autumn, and from autumn into winter; and the mind that rejoiced buoyantly in the gay decorations of the glad summer, will find its sensibilities still vividly glowing amid the stern desola. tions of winter. There seems to be one point of superi. ority which the harvest season must have awarded to it
the spring is the season of promise emerging from the ap. parent hopelessness of winter—the summer is the season of hope gradually developing the process by which fulfilment is to attain its broad and noble expansion-and autumn is the season of accomplishment, when every pledge of promise is amply and faithfully redeemed. The promises of the faithful God are delightful to the soul sweetly resting upon them, and gracious is the Lord in freely bestowing such a lovely heritage of promise upon his beloved children; but promise he bestows as a living river, down whose clear waters the bark of a believer's hope shall safely float to the boundless ocean of full ac. complishment and glorious enjoyment.--Accomplishment, accomplishment is the goal to which the believer hastens, and to which he is led by the current of every promise; and while he trusts in the promises, he rejoices in their fulfilment. The season of accomplishment is therefore the season to which every heart looks forward with deep and delighted interest; and it is the connexion established between promise and fulfilment that gives to the season of promise its peculiar preciousness. Now harvest bears to spring the relation that accomplishment bears to pro. mise ; and as it is the fulfilment of all that spring, promised, it may justly be looked upon as possessing this point of interest over the other seasons. It is delightful to look upon the harvest in this point of view; for then is every field of golden grain, in its gentle undulations, like a flag of victory, proclaiming that the great objects of promise are all nobly achieved. Then is the whole earth recording the faithfulness of God, declaring that “God is not slack concerning his promises, as men count slackness;" and every successive harvest that rewards the labour and anxiety of the careful husbandman, is an assurance that every promise of Jehovah shall receive certain accomplishment. What a sacredness and solemn gladness does this view cast around the harvest! and how well cal. culated it is to revive the drooping faith of the way-worn traveller to Zion! How often have clouds and storms swept over the season of promise; and the voice of the thunder, and the glare of the lightning, and the waterspouts of heaven, have all combined to waste and destroy the upsprung blade and the unfolding blossom, and to an. nibilate all hope of the harvest: but the God of the elements of nature presided over all, and the ripened barvest shows