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FREE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND,
HELD IN EDINBURGH, MAY 1844.
THURSDAY, 16TH MAY.
Dr Brown's and Dr Wilson's ditto,
il REPORT ON ADMISSION OF MINISTERS, AND
ib. Forenoon observed as a day of humiliation-
Speeches of Mr Macfarlan, Mr Paul, Mr STATE OF RELIGION.
18 Dr Makellar's,
of humiliation in reference to this subject, Mr Brown's (Largo)
Committee appointed to consider the subject
Assembly approve of the object, and appoint
Moderator's address to Mr Tweedie,
A Petition on the subject to Parliament, or.
Meeting at Wales, appointed,
Irish Deputation introduced, and Speeches of
Call to Mr M.Leod (Logie Easter) by Ken.
The people not having been cited, the call
Rev. C. J. Brown appointed to preach before Speeches of Parties,
ib. Speeches of Dr Clason, Mr Moncrieff, Pro-
ib. 'fessor Brown, Mr M.Naughtan, Mr M.
Crichton, and Dr Candlish,
The Moderator's address to Mr vi. Stuart,
REPORT ON COLONIAL SCHEME,
125 Cheap PUBLICATIONS-Dr Candlish's Speech
The Moderator's address to Mr Sym, 134 REPORT OF DEPUTATION TO UNITED SECES-
REPORT ON ADMISSION OF MINISTER'S FROM
Speech of Mr Dunlop,
ib Speech of Dr Candlish, and Regulations as
Speeches of Mr Cupples and Mr Grierson, 156 REPORT ON ALTERATIONS OF FORMULA, ib.
ON TRUST DEEDS,
Speeches of Mr Ferguson and Mr Blyth, ib,
Rev. Mr Monod,
Committee appointed to make report on do., 164 Speech of Rev. Mr Gray, and Letters be-
Dr Candlish's Speech,
OF COMMITTEE AS TO REPRESENTA-
Speech of Mr M‘Donald,
The Moderator's closing Address,
Call to Mr M'Leod (Maryburgh,) by Loch-
Speeches of Parties,
Speeches of Mr G. Speirs, Rev. Mr M Gil. 1. Speech of Rev. C. J. Brown at Synod of Lo-
livray, and Mr Dunlop,
184 inian and Tweeddale, on the State of Reli.
The Assembly agree to translate,
OVERTURE AXENT CONFERENCE WITH OTHER 2. Petition to Parliameni regarding Irish Pres-
186 Committee upon the State of Religion, 276
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 newspaper. 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 appendix.
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 has passed through no stage of precarious infancy, or sickly chiidhood, 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 partizansbip_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 dis. countenance 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 exertions bad succeeded beyond all expectation in laying down the platform, and organizing our economy as a Church; and workmen, numerous up to our present means of using them, 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 bung 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.