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TABLE OF CONTENTS.

Page

Page

* Address of the General Synod Genrral Assembly in America 340

of Ulster on Education.... 127 Gospel Truth the Life of True
Adherence to Presbyterial Order 289 Religion..

419

A Friend's Letter

100 Hill's View of the Constitution

African Light (notice of).... 359 of the Church of Scotland

A Help to Prayer (notice of) 424 (notice of)........ 250

American Societies.

411 Hints on the Causes and Cure

A Minister's Experience.... 99 of Popular Ignorance of
A New Year's Meditation. 109 Divine Truth..

145
A Sailor's Retrospect (review) 142 Infant Baptism ....

136

Baptist Irish Society. 357 Inspiration of the Bible. 374

Bible Sostruction, No. XII. Institution for the Deaf and

The Church...

16 Dumb and the Blind, Col.

No. XIII.

lege-Street....

892

Public Worship.......

Irish Schools and Mr. Win-

No. XIV.

ning ...

176

Baptism.....

90 Irish Island Association..... 187

No. XV. Irish Society.

252

The Lord's Supper....... 155 Leslie's (Rev. Thos.) Desig-

No. XVI.

nation as a Missionary to

Prayer...

303

No. XVII.

Depar-

377

ture from Belfast... 204

Blakey's System of Logic,

Letter

(notice of).

216 to Rev. Dr. Cooke....... 348

Brand, the Late Rev. Thomas Malone Presbyterian M.House 251 :

(account of)

228 Mercy to the Chief of Sinners

Burgb's Discourses op Faith (notice of)

ib,

(review of)...

288 Metrical Version of the Psalms

Cimpbell's Elements of Eng. in the Irish Language.... 62 ;
lish Grammar (notice of) 360 Moral Philosopby:

59
Carson's Review of the Uni- Nolan's (Rev. L. J.) Reasons

tarian Discussion...... 313 for leaving the Church of

Catechism on the Government Rome (notice of)........ 216

and Discipline of the Pres- Notices of Books, 34, 142,

byterian Church (reviewof). 425 215, 249, 288, 313, 357, 396 424

Chalmers, Dr. on Predestina- Obituary, Rev. Joseph Den-

tion:

153 ham, Killysandra .. 70

Character and Writings of the

Rer. Wm. Carey,
late Rev. Dr. M'Crie .... 387 D.D. Serampore .. 106
Christian Education the Foun.

Rer. John Irvine,
dation of National Prosperi-

Drumbanagher 248 301

ty (review of)...... 195

Miss M.Cord, B.fast 248 272

Church Membership..... 370

Mr. James Burn-

Clairseach Naombtha : nah

side, Dublin...

287
Eiriun, or the Sacred Harp On Devotion.

of Erin (review of)...... 396 On Pulpit Ostentation...... 144

Dick's Lectures on Theology Ordination, Rev. Hutcheson

(Botice of)

Perry, Ballyjamesduff.... 69

Faith a Practical Principle.. 263

Rev. A. Stewart,
Foolish Talking and Jesting, 302 Stafford, England ..

108
Galway Presbyterian Meeting

Rev. J. Parr, Bal.

1 House,

108 lytrain

144

Gall's Literature for the Blind

Rev. G. Hanson,
(review of)...
178 Ballylennon...

216

..217

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Ordination, Rev. W. Black, The Christian's Consolation 72
wood, Holywood .. 216 The Duty of the Church.....410

Rev. Samuel Dill, The Friend of Youth ; or
Magherally.

Rev. W. Graham, Visitor (notice of)........ 215

Dundonald..

386 The General Assembly of the

Parental Responsibility (no-

Church of Scotland.... 37

tice of)....

249 | Thoughts on the Name Christ
Popery Illustrated ....... 84 Jesus..

140

Popular Preaching... 417 Three Tracts on Public, Se-

Presbytery of Magherafelt.. 67

cret, and Social Prayer

Presbyterian Education (Spe- (notice of) ..

144

cial Meeting of Synod of The Intemperate...

73

Ulster)...

103 The Kingdom of God (notice) 250

Presbyterianism in England, The Late Rev. Dr. Belfrage, 426

No. IV...

253 : The Lord our Righteousness 181

No. V. 325397) The Lord's Prayer.

48
Presbyterianism.

289 : The Moravians in Labrador

.

209
Public Worship

125
Religious Intelligence....

69 108
(notice of)

357
Sabbath Schools .... 212 The Old Book New Again... 269

Scottish Missionary Society 356 422 Townsend-street Presbyterian

Scottish Missionary Society, Church (opening of)..... 262

i Rev. Mr. Waddell..... 362 : The Psalms of David in Metre,

Scripture Illustrated .,.. 13 193

with Notes,, by Rev. John

-Harmony.

117

Brown (notice of)......... 215

Sime's Sacred Geography (no-

tice of).

359

· with Notes, by Rey, J.

Spirit of Prayer

418

Cumming (notice of).... 358

Sprague on Christian Inter-

in Irish

course (notice of).

36

Verse, Letter from Dr.

Sunday-school for the Blind,

M‘Leod .

342
and for the Deafand Dumb 25 Tbe Position of the Church of

Synod of Ulster at Dungan-

Ireland, and the Duty of

nou (Missionary Meeting)

1 Presbyterians at the Pre-

Home Mis

sent Crisis (review of).... 353

sion.

106 | The Promises Fulfilled......

115

(Address of) The Power of Religion.. 384 429

on the Subject of Education !27 To the Readers of the Or-

Schools.. :. 139

thodox Presbyterian” 107 427

State of Con- True Happiness...

170
gregations.

240: The Scriptural Unity of the

at Belfast,

Protestant Churches (no.

(proceedings of)........ 355

tice of),

360
ai Cookstown The Unerring Mark of the

; (adjourned meeting).

395 True Christian......... jb.

Temperance (Petition to Par. The Worm.i.

239
liament).

211 White's Meditations and Ad-
(History of Se- dresses on Prayer (review

venteen Houses)

.... 350

of)........

349

Evidence before Wickliffe's Twelve Hindrances
Committee of Parliament 376 to Prayer, ...

226
The Advantages of S. Schools 85 Will you become a Sunday-
The Barren Fig-Tree......... 29 School Teacher?..

213

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ORTHODOX PRESBYTERIAN.

No. LXI.

OCTOBER, 1834.

VOL. VI.

MISSIONARY MEETING OF THE GENERAL

SYNOD OF ULSTER AT DUNGANNON.

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TO THE EDITOR OF THE ORTHODOX PRESBYTERIAN. SIR,

AGREEABLY to your request, I shall proceed to offer to your readers some remarks upon the late Missionary Meeting of the General Synod at Dungannon. As you have already published the resolutions that were adopted, it will not be necessary that I should refer to them particularly. I shall, therefore, content myself with a general comment on the most important, premising, however, that on a subject on which so much has been said already, you are not to expect much originality, either in the way of argument or illustration.

The great object, I may observe, in general, which all the measures adopted had in view, was to impart a missionary character and spirit to the whole church with which we are connected, by calling into action those powers and aptitudes to missionary operation, which, though latent and undeveloped hitherto, have all along been an essential portion of the Presbyterian constitution. Strange, indeed, that with such an admirable mechanism, our church should have ever lost an interest in missionary schemes. When planted in this northern province of the island, a spirit of expensive enterprize and Christian daring burned within the bosoms of her sons. Much did they mourn the darkness of this our country—sorely did they toil for its illumination-often did they concert together for the enlargement and establishment of Zion. A bles. sing rested on their labours--an abundant increase recompensed their toils. The Presbyterian temple was reared in strength and beauty upon the sure foundation--the banner of the cross waved over it triumphantly-within its walls were thanksgiving and the voice of melody. I need not tell the story of that sore degeneracy which our church sustained, when the holy and beautiful house became a desolation-when the lamp within the sanctuary burned with a sickly ray, and

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strange fire was offered on its altars. The experience of our own short-lived day can testify to all these melancholy reverses, inasmuch as it was but the other year that they were all before our eyes in mournful contrast with the zeal and faithfulness of former days. Divided in religious sentiment, it was not possible that auy great or noble enterprizes could engage the attention of our ecclesiastical assemblies, and, accordingly, their members often met and separated, as though no gospel were to be proclaimed beyond the limits of their own peculiar territory; or if an occasional attempt was made upon that of the enemy, it was but feebly and imperfectly sustained. I reiterate a common, I had almost said a hacknied, sentiment, in saying that a great work has been commenced among us. a work which God hath wrought; for however much we may applaud some of the human agents who were concerned in it, yet it is to the God of the church that the church's renovation ought to be ascribed. Well, therefore, might the church declare, at the commencement of the late missionary proceedings, that her most fervent gratitude was due to the King of Zion, for all the good that has already been accomplished ; and well may every genuine and true-hearted Presbyterian rejoice in the late transactions and enactments of his church, as her harbinger of better days.

As the Synod was not assembled, however, to dilate upon the past, but to deliberate for the future, it was acting altogether in the spirit of a reforming church, when it immediately after recorded its humiliation and regret that so little had as yet been done in furtherance of its missionary operations. It is, indeed, too true, that we have great reason to be humbled for the scantiness of our attainments, and the pitiable and paltry nature of our services, when compared with our high privileges and responsibilities, as a church of the Lord Jesus Christ. For is it not a fact, that there are whole districts, even of that territory we call our own, where spiritual desolation reigns ? Have we not in many things a name to live, while we are comparatively dead? Ís there not among those of us who minister at the altar, too much of the spirit of a cold and calculating selfishness, and too little of the high, selfdenying spirit of that sacred profession and name we bear? Instead of seeking the enlargement of the church at home and abroad, do we not often rest contented if we can only retain in our communion the same amount of respectability and numbers that belonged to it when we undertook the ministerial charge? Where are our longings for the conversion of

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