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Pittsburgh Presbyterian Banner and Advocate (Newspaper) - July 4, 1857, Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaPresbyterian Banner amp advocate. Firm Banner vol. A to. 11. I Terian advocate vol. Xix to. 36. One thing is needful one thing have i desired of the lord a a this one thing i whole no. S49 Mckinney editor and office Gazette building fifth Street Aboye Smithfield Pittsburgh a. Philadelphia 111 South tenth Street below Chestnut a Watanar Walwitt Iii �,1a Newth to a Quot a Fin v a up vets. A. Al thu Vav jct pc jowl Jet Hama Johw it jul al u jk.jlp�3l m. 9 Pujji a Obj 19u4f by Hail or at the office $1.50 per tear is to delivered in the City 1.75 a a a a prospectus. Right till a . Acrostic. Arest brother thou Art gone i of us Rabat follow thee Over shift it thou hero return this sin cursed world to he. They scenes with thee Are past eternity has come a we All with thee at last Quer sin and reach thy Homo Ping 111 the narrow Way this world of sin and woe her shall f forget the Day i thou didst toward me bestow a since thy names been dear i find hard trials 15th, 1857. J. S. To presbyterian Banner and advocate. The divinity of Christ. Ton by Plicis a John Viii 53. Go Back 1827 years and enter the male daring the feast of Taber As our astonishment at the Gorge a of wealth and splendor gradually. Behold in a spacious court on. An t provided for those who instruct a one who Speaks As never Man he crowd Are All attention and gladly but certain pharisees and the Law occupying conspicuous eem agitated. They interrupt is Ever and anon with impertinent and angry contradictions. He pro a self a the Light of the him of falsehood. A thou ecord of thyself a say they a a thy not he it offers them free the galling Yoke of sin. A a if be 1 my word be shall know the truth 11th shall make you a we or in bondage to any Man a they a thou Art a Samaritan and Hast a he promises eternal life a a if any p my sayings he shall never Seea now we know a they exclaim. Of derision and that thou Hast a Devil. Abraham and the prophets and thou safest if keep my sayings he shall never taste Art thou greater than our father who is dead ? and the prophets Are Hom makes thou thyself a that same being who addressed a Nde in the jewish Temple on the f the feast of tabernacles 1827 still Speaks by the Reading and _ of his word to the children of 11 offers Light Liberty and life to a a enslaved and dying world. Some the proclamation As glad tidings and the offer with Joy Wale others Quot us to say the great mass of men e Light because their evil air bondage and trusting to the of the old Serpent a Eye shall not Quot treat it with indifference if not met and scorn. The language of not toward its author is who Art j makes such extravagant Preteau whom makes thou thyself that Mest to enlighten emancipate and to us ? this then is the question i Jesus of Nazareth claim to he e was really and truly Man is Evie was born of woman was nourished there a breast passed from infancy childhood and youth up to manhood and mind gradually developing in Ary Way. The child grew and _ in spirit. A a he increased in d in stature and in favor with god he was subject to All the phys cities to which humanity is heir d drank wore clothing and sought offered from hunger and thirst cold was wearied and needed rest he he smiled was sorrowful and had of rejoicing fasted and prayed sickness and pain his Back was the the Scourge his head was thorns his hands and his feet a with the nails his Side was the the Spear his soul was wrung a a he bowed his head in agony a his body became stiff and cold that he was an extraordinary daily admit. And that he was a a a god few upright thinking men sent Day deny. But he claimed a he claimed to be god As no a god Many a being in whom it natures the human and the were United in one person in e second person of the adorable As veiled under a human form sly United with a human soul the and the creator strangely Joi fied 1 is is evidently implied in his claim 1 Messiah. Take a few passages in testament which the jews uniform to speak of their Messiah him whom expected 1800 years ago and by Are still expecting to come. A a his rth a says Micah a Are of old from a a this is the name Quot says a a by which he shall be called the a a his name a a a a shall be called wonderful a the mighty god the eve last or the Prince of a a thy exclaims David in the language Ofa a thy throne 0 god is forever a a sceptre of righteousness is the of thy surely he. Whose Forth Are of old even from everlasting name is Jehovah the mighty god everlasting father to whom the holy prompted David to ascribe in Adora of Only a righteous sceptre and an in throne but the absolute title be none other than the self exist Lighty and eternal one s it is Plain a that he whom his enemies called Arine but whom we love to Call Ourin Meiai rain g to he the Serpent Bruiser to eve the Blessing of Abraham How Jacob the Prophet of Moses 1 of Balaam the glorious Everlast-1 Kinz 0f David the Baler of the holy one of Israel of Isaiah of of a Eremi hand Zechariah the Man of Daniel the Shepherd Prince Iel the Signet of Haggai the Saviour Ian and the Sun of righteousness Matecki predicted should Rise upon urea with Healing in Bis wings in no to be him of whom Moses and the to thus wrote him that was to come i father of eternity a Hebra ism for Eler a the Messiah thereby claimed to be truly god. He permitted himself to be worshipped. The Wise men of the Bast guided by a Star to the place of his birth fell Down and worshipped him a Leper came and worshipped him a certain ruler worshipped him the woman of Canaan worshipped him the Man whose sight had been restored by washing in the Pool of Siloam believed and worshipped him the Mother of Zebedee a children came worst Ping him the sailors who beheld him walking on the troubled sea amid the howling of the storm and supposing him to he a spirit oried out with fear when he entered the ship and the wind ceased came and worshipped him saying of a truth thou Art the son of god. When he first appeared to his disciples after his resurrection they came and held him by the feet and worshipped him and from that time until he ascended to glory Oft As they met him they paid him the same Honor. In every instance he received the homage As is due. No Mere Man acting under divine authority would have dared to do so. Cornelius attempted to worship Peter a a stand up a said Peter a a i also am a they strains were about to pay divine honors to Paul and Barnabas. Did they allow it ? no. They rent their clothes and ran in among the people crying out a sirs Why do be these things ? we also Are men of like passions with Yon and preach unto Yon that you should turn from these vanities unto the living no Angel no matter How Bright or How near the eternal throne would dare to do so. John in ecstacy at the brightness and glory of the new Jerusalem twice prostrated himself to to ramp the Angel that had showed him those things. A a see thou do it not a exclaimed the Adgel a worship our Saviour himself lays Down the Rales a a thou Shalt worship the lord thy god and him Only Shalt thou in permitting a himself to be worshipped did he not thereby proclaim himself a a the lord our god in this is also implied in the prerogatives and attributes which be claimed. To mourning penitents he said a be of Good cheer thy sins Are he consoled those who wept Over the Graves of departed mends by assuring them that he was a a the resurrection and the life a that the hour was coming when the dead should hear his voice and live. He forewarned the jews that to him the father had committed All judgment that the Day would come when the son of Man would sit upon the throne of his glory and before him should be gathered All nations to be judged separated and doomed. He claimed Power Over is own life a i Lay Down my life for my sheep i have Power to Lay it Down and have Power to take it he claimed to he omnipotent a a i give my people eternal life and none is Able to Pluck them out of my hand a omniscient a a knowing All things a omnipresent a a where two or three Are gathered together in my name there am i in the midst of them a a Flo i Quot am with you alway even unto the end of the self existing and eternal he Calls himself the a a i am a the title assumed by my who spake to Moses from the burning hush. But he who is clothed with authority to forgive sins to raise the dead to judge the world to kill and to make alive he who is almighty All Wise everywhere present self existing and eternal must be god. Lastly How else ate we to understand his claim to be a the a amp a of god Quot especially since he so Drew the parallel Between the prerogatives of father and son As to Force upon us the conclusion that they Are the same in substance equal in Power and glory ? a a All men should Honor the son even As they Honor the a a As the father hath life in himself so hath he Given to the son to have life in a a he that hath seen me hath seen the a a i am in the father and the father in me a amp a. Indeed he positively asserts the Equality a a i and my father Are the jews so understood him. They inferred it from is assuming the Power to forgive sins. A a who can forgive sins but god Only a him and sought the More to kill him because a a he had not Only broken the Sabbath Day but said that god was is father making himself equal with again they took up stones to Stone him. Why ? a a because being a Man thou makes thyself they charged him before Pilate with blasphemy. A a we have a Law and by our Lawhe ought to die because he Marketh himself the son of had they not understood him As using the title in an infinitely higher sense than that in which it is sometimes applied to Good men the claim would not have afforded the slightest ground for the charge. His disciples so understood him. Matthew called him Emanuel god with us. Thomas convinced by the print of the nails and the wound in the Side exclaimed a a my lord and my a i saw the lord Quot said Isaiah a a sitting upon a throne High and lifted up and his train filled the Temple. And above it stood the Seraphim. A each one bad six wings with Twain be covered is face and with Twain he covered his feet and with Twain he did Fly. And one cried to another and said holy holy holy is the lord of hosts the whole Earth is full of is John says that the being of whom the Prophet thus spake and whose glory was thus displayed was Bur Saviour. Yes the beloved disciple considered that Jesus on whose bosom he was Yoou stored to recline not Only a god but the god that created and upholds All things. A a in the beginning was the word and the word was with god and word was god the same was in the beginning with god. All things were made by him and without my was not anything made that was Paul not Only elate him the son of god the brightness of the father s glory and the express image of his person the image of the invisible god the firstborn of every creature by whom were All things created that Are in heaven and that Are in Earth visible and invisible whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities or Powers who being in the form of god thought it no robbery to be equal with god but called him expressly god Manifest in the flesh in whom dwelt All the fullness of the godhead bodily the great god even our Saviour who loved us and gave himself for if it is possible for language to express Sueh a claim. Jay Beem. New London Iowa. For the presbyterian Banner and adv Cate. Religion or letters to a Friend on the doctrines and doties of the Bible. Letter of regeneration. Whereas i was mind now i in 25. My dear Friend a i will proceed with what i have to say on the nature of regeneration. I have spoken of it As a spiritual illumination. The regenerated soul can say whereas i Wash Lind now i in 25. Hence in regeneration there Are new and Clear views of divine things. There Are new and Clear views of sin. One great reason Why so Many take up with a false and delusive nope is because of their very defective views of sin. This shows that they have not been taught by the spirit never Leen regenerated for in regeneration the mind is enlightened and it sees sin in its True nature and deformity. The eni lightened soul regards sin As an infinite evil and abhors itself on account of sin and its great desire is to be delivered from sin. And having Sueh views it can find Relief Only in the blood of. Christ it flees to the Cross for safety and Here Only can it find Relief and deliverance. A hence in regeneration there Are new and Clear views of truth. In that divine illumination spoken of the spirit takes of the things of Christ and shows them unto the soul and causes it to see Xvi 13�?15. He guides into All truth gives Sueh views As were never possessed before so that the renewed soul is Able to have some right apprehensions of All the great truths pertaining to the scheme of redemption. And it is because of this As we May perhaps see at some future time that a knowledge and love of the truth is one of the Best evidences of regeneration. For the present i Only say that in regeneration new and Clear views of truth Are imparted by the spirit in is illumination of the understanding a a enlightening our minds in the knowledge of . Cat., ques. 31. Hence in regeneration the spirit gives new and Correct views of ourselves. By nature we Are ignorant of ourselves we have very defective views of our sinfulness and we have Little or no realizing sense of our ill desert on account of sin. But conviction of sin precedes and follows the saving illumination of the mind and we look upon ourselves As hell deserving and justly exposed to gods eternal Wrath and curse. Arid thus oppressed and burdened we cry what must i do to be saved a acts Xvi 29�?31. And then new and Correct views of Christ Are imparted. We see now and feel our need of him. We. Know we must perish without my and we Are enabled to see in him a fullness and sufficiency to meet our wants we see that be is adapted to our necessities that is salvation just meets our ease in a word that he is just the Saviour we need and we see too that be is not Only Able but willing to save that he invites us to come to him just As we Are and promises to receive and bless and save us and hence that he is not Only willing to save us but willing to save us now yes Gat us with the word of Iii 7 Jas. I 18, a second. The other thing to be remembered is this these matters concern you. They have a relation to each and every one they concern you individually and personally and you should make them a matter of personal interest and attention. They concern Yon my Friend you you just As much As if you were the Only person Man woman or child in the world they concern you my Friend you you you must be born again the necessity rests upon you and from the nature of regeneration you see what that necessity is Yogi see what the change is which you must experience in order to be saved and Nevith this fall before you realizing your personal interest in the matter what the Chari a is and the necessity of it with All Thrig. This question come right hoi he aft have you exp Riei have you been born of hell depends upon the is file <7o�r salvation a or damnation is involved life or death Reader heaven or hell with these before you answer the question. Are you a new creature in Christ Jesus ? have you been born again ? these Are the words of Jesus Christ except a Man be born again he can not see the kingdom of god be must be born again have you been Bora again ? a John Iii 3-�?7.i Hope you can answer this question with Comfort and satisfaction but it is Well to examine ourselves and see that our Hopes rest on the Rock of Ages. Enough however for this time. I have More to say. Till i write again Adieu. Read John in and 2. Cor. Xiii and hymns �97, 287, and 199. May i ask the favor of a letter from you As to your present views feelings and exercises i Hope you will thus favor me. Farewell. Yours truly. Now and having these views of ourselves As sinners and of Christ As a present and ally sufficient Saviour we Are enabled by divine Grace to renounce ourselves and receive Christ As our Saviour and put our Trust in him for salvation. So that regeneration leads to self renunciation and to Trust in Christ. The very first act of the new born soul is Faith in Jesus Christ just As soon As there is spiritual life there is Faith and where there is Faith there is justification and where there is justification there shall be glorification so that regeneration As it is the infusion of spiritual life so is it the beginning of eternal life the new creature in Christ Jesus is an immortal creature it shall never die its growth May not be uniform at times it May languish it May even seem almost dead but it is immortal it shall never rift As Jesus Christ declares whosoever Kieth and Beli Eveth on me shall never die a John i 26. A for it is written whom he did predestinated them he also called or regenerated and whom he called called effectually or regenerated and converted them he also justified and whom he justified them he also glorified. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which Are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the , Viii 1, 28�?30. Thus As to the nature of regeneration we see that it is a a real change from nature to Grace a an inward change yet manifested outwardly a great change a vital principle the beginning of a new life at tended with new views and feelings and exercises new ends Aims and efforts new Joys fears and. Sorrows new Hopes and prospects old tongs Are passed away behold All tongs Are become new.�?2. Cor. V 12. Barnock on regeneration published by presbyterian Board Page 100, amp a. What i have to say of the agent in regeneration the Means and the end or de is god Over All blessed forever. Finally he has been so understood by the great mass of those who have been called christians Down to the present Day. Such facts we think prove conclusively that he whom the jews called the Nazareno but whom we love to Call our Saviour though in fashion As a Man claimed to be the Only living and True god sign of it must be Reeves for future letters. At present i will Only ask one question and it is a question Wimch demands your serious consideration it is this have you experienced this change ? have you been born again ? i Hope you have but remember two thing first. The doctrines advanced in these letters Are not human opinions. I say they Are not human opinions they Are the teach Ings of gods word they Are the True sayings of god truths which Are to judge you and me at the last Day. Elf Puld deem it worse than trifling to Addre Iskra these let ters merely to amuse you Waln human speculations to present Fine spin theories or to speak about things which pertain Only to this world or about evils which have no very near relation to yourself and truths which concern not your immortal destiny. What i would impress on your heart is what gods word teaches. I say than the doctrines of these letters Are the teachings of gods word. It is the Bible which teaches both the necessity and the nature of re generation. It i Jesus Christ who s be must be born again. It is an inspired apostle who says of his own will he be from our London correspondent. The Fine arts in England their prosperous conditions Art treasures exhibition at Manchester its unique character a visit to the Boyal Academy of paintings and sculpture suggestive statues portraits and historic scenes the bearing of Art on morals and religion architecture and the new beading Boom of the British museum a music oratorios a and operas in England or. Livingston and the Freedom of the City Mack. Elections in Between the priests and popular feeling in Belgium their Short a lived Triumph the scotch presented ultimately rejected deputation to the free Church its remarkable Progress the grand Duke constant inst Commerce Money and War. London june 5, 1857. The Fine arts including under that title music architecture statuary and painting Are at the present time in a very flourishing condition Iff England. The / More attract iop Ifo Telb foreign visitors Fot the presbyterian Banner and advocate. Rimand presbytery. This presbytery met in Mansfield on the 16th of june and a he following items of business Are thought a to be of general interest a. Essres. James r. Burgett James Fredericks and Geo. Gra Jiam students of the Western theological Seminary were licensed to preach the gospel or. J. W. Mcgregor was ordained to the full work of the gospel ministry and installed pastor of the Church of Mansfield the Rev. Henry a Rye preached the Sermon the Rev. We. Hughes presided proposed the constitutional questions and delivered the charge to the pastor and the Rev. J. Caldwell delivered the charge to the congregation. The pastoral relation Between Rev. J. M. Dinsmore and the Church of mount pleasant was dissolved an d this Church was declared vacant. J t. The following resolutions were unanimously adopted by presbytery resolved that we consider the testimony of the general a Assembly o son the subject of slavery from. The beginning of that body in 1789, up to the present As one and uniform when rightly understood against the slave system As being of divine right and of perpetual continuance or that those professing godliness should Avail themselves of the privileges of the slave Laws for their own profit or indulgence arid against the ceasing of desire and Effort for the Complete deliverance of the Church and the world from the system and its effects and inasmuch As there appears to be an increasing disposition manifested in Southern authors presses and speakers in and out of the Church not Only to justify slave How Ding in certain circumstances but the slave Laws which authorize them to hold them we wish it therefore to be understood wherever our testimony May go that we will not tolerate any retrocession of principle from that heretofore promo led by the general Assembly from time to time on this subject that instead of the Church retracing her Steps on this subject she ought to be with More earnestness expecting the consummation of the period when every Yoke shall he broken and the outcasts of every nation shall rejoice in All the privileges civil and religious which it is the design of the gospel to procure. Resolved that we Are pleased with the plan of the Ashmun Institute designed for the Liberal education of coloured men and recommend it to the favor and patronage of our people. In View of the exhausted condition of the Treasury of the Board of foreign missions presbytery adopted the following res1 solution on that subject. Resolved that this presbytery earnestly recommend in accordance with the recommendation of the general asset ably that our churches he called upon at an Early period to take an extra collection for the Board of foreign missions to meet the debt incurred by that Board in the enlargement of the missionary work during. The past year and that the agent of Presby Tery be directed to address All the pastors and Church sessions on this subject. J. Caldwell s. C. S. As the stated clerk is the presbyterian agent on this subject be would take this method of addressing the pastors and sessions on this subject. The amount of indebtedness of the Board is �11,000, the first time in All its history that any thing of the kid has occurred. It is hoped then for the Honor of the Board a of this presbytery in carrying out efficiently its own action and for the love of souls that All our churches will Tes Poud promptly to this recommendation of presbytery. Please Tref Hysmit immediately your contributions to the treasurer of presbytery at Ashland o. J p Caldwell agent of presbytery. Thing quite a tit que a nits cd and refinement have for centuries been gradually Art treasures not merely by government purchases and splendid bequests of eminent private collections to the National gallery but also and chiefly by the Purchase either from London picture Deal ers or on the continent by noblemen and gentlemen of some of the finest and rarest productions of the old masters. Bat these treasures were alike idely diffused and comparatively unknown being family heirlooms or accessible a Only to a favorite Circle of friends. At the time of the Quot worlds exhibition of 1851, several noblemen in London threw open their mansions particularly the Duke of Northumberland and the recently deceased and accomplished Earl of Ellsmere. I remember going through the Halls and rooms of Northumberland House in 1851, with much interest and pleasure. But the present Art treasures exhibition has this novel peculiarity that it brings together in okie grand building the scattered gems of Art possessed by individuals beginning with the Queen and embracing All who like her have been willing to lend their pictures for the occasion. And so it comes of cd pass that whereas on a National gallery a or our a Vernon gallery in London Are not to be compared with the collections at the louvre or the pictures in italy., and other Continental states end land 1 found t possess and a produce for popular admiration and instruction As Well As for the stimulus of the artist or Amateur a collection of treasures Sueh As brought under the Eye in one place and at one time give is an idea of an amount of artistic a a wealth untold a of which we never dreamed As indeed our own. Manchester is not the Ideal of a place for Sueh an exhibition Blit probably it was chosen for its being More cheaply accessible to All parts of the United kingdom than the Metropolis. Besides in Cotton Polis Art and literature have warm wealthy patrons and rth exhibition is Likely Tai be a great Success. Facilities Are Given by the Railroad companies for popular a Oess to it.,-, i visited last week the annual exhibition of the Royal Academy. This is a yearly spectacle of what our sculptors arid artists have been doing and of what the English school of Art is accomplishing always full of interest. It remains open for several months. The. Pictures Many of them Are purchasable and to show Bow Art is patronized it was stated the other Day at the annual diviner of the benevolent Artistes fund that the sales this year were not much less than �30,000.walking through the different rooms of sculpture and painting met various objects very suggestive. The statuary room is Small Soine figures Are full length others Are Marble busts but As a Rule both Are beautifully executed. There is a repose about statuary which to me at least is very Sublime and impressive. It has something of the sole rim Beauty that Speaks to the soul of Hima a who hath Bent mini Over the dead Ere the first Day of death is especially is this the Case when parental love has called in the Aid of the sculptor to perpetuate the form and likeness of lost ones such As meets my Eye in a a the posthumous Marble group of two of the children of a a Quot or. Livingstone a bust is Here Mueh More faithful than the painting of the Humble you not surprised to find How Independent of Money peace of conscience is and How much happiness can be condensed into the humblest Home ? a cottage will not hold the Bulky furniture and sumptuous accommodations of a mansion but if god be there a cottage will bold As much happiness As might Stock a Rev. G. Hamilton. It is a matter of Faith not to Trust to that which the Eye seeth but that which the word prom Seth. / a. It a mix in Tif a him in another room which last almost made me angry with the artist who has failed in giving the world a Assurance a of the a Man a As he is in his Noble simplicity of character. A Here too by Baily is an exquisite pair of full length figures of a Madam consoling eve after the evil dream a Paradise lost Book a models Ateo of the statues of Chatham and Fox intended for Westminster Hall the Welsh a Bard a a Fine Ideal of one of the Patriot class whom Edward i. Ordered to be put to death and whom Gray the poet represents As crying. A a Buin seize thee rut mess King a confusion on thy banners the a massacre of the Innocente a a Marble group is worthy of the subject the Mother the Ohi id the murderer and the sword uplifted each is perfect in its expression. Here is a bust of the late lord Raglan another of the late Joseph Brotherton m. P., who was so Well known in the House of commons for his advocacy of Short sittings and the rising of the House a Midnight at farthest. Here Are actors artiste poets authors. Among the last Are the bust and medallion of our poet laureate Tennyson telling of a True and great Man. Here also is the medallion of Thomas Carlyle the great thinker but alas the great septic warring with the Bible with All that is amiable pouring fierce scorn indiscriminate and unrelenting on what he thinks a Shams a and believing in nothing. A his aspect Here is Stern severe almost appalling from the indications of the play of a dinner fires of Wrath beneath that grim surface. Once he loved the old Faith of is native Scotland. He has rescued Cromwell a memory also from the misrepresentations of partizan history and puritanism with him once the grander glory and preserving leaven of the past. May he be yet brought out of that Slough into which he has fallen let me not forget the Bronze Statuette of your Sowri immortal Washington and then leaving the sculpture room let us ascend the grained staircase. Here is a grand perspective of three great rooms filled with pictures and All of them Hung with taste and judgment under the very Best Light. There Are Side rooms also devoted to architectural plans and drawings As Well As to Watrt col ors amp a. I May not dwell non the twelve Hundred pictures embracing every subject including portraits such As that of general Williams the defender of Kars and of or. Adler chief rabbi of the London. Jews. This last picture made me sad for that nation a a scattered and peeled a and still having a veil of its heart of which the rabbi is a Type. There Are paintings also of the Queen and Prince Albert and likenesses in military costume on horseback of or. Dallas the american minister of Mcolin to of one of the discoverers of the Northwest passage and of or. Cooke a Noble likeness painted by Macnee for the presbyterian College Belfast of which the Veteran antagonist of arianism is the president. Landseer the great animal Painter exhibits a Large picture of Highland red Deer Otth Bohdi Jerild a amp a Nate a reposing together my More Lonous. I May not write at length of summer scenes English landscapes the Glade the Brooks nor of household sketches nor yet historical paintings save to refer to such As a a the burial of Charles i.,�?� and the a a Field Conven tical in Scotland so a killing times a or to a a Christ with the woman of Samaria a a a Peter the great in the Dook Yard at Deptford a and a the Pilgrim fathers a a departure of a Puritan family for new England a with the kneeling figure of Robinson a a with watery eyes a As governor Bradford a journal has it a commending them with most fervent prayer to god a i go next to a a the National gallery a in the same building which stands open to Rich and poor alike without Entrance fee and in which Are the old masters English and foreign. Pictures by Teniers cuyp Poussin Leonardo de Vinci Rubens Correl in Claude Rembrandt and Quot Vandyke meet the Eye of the million on the Walls to say nothing of West so a Christ Healing the Many of them have sacred1 subjects though not a few Are tinged with romanism and Mario Latry. Some of t he Best modern pictures were sent away to Marlborough House in Piccadilly to be added to the a a Vernon gallery a some time ago i have written far More than i intended about artistic exhibitions in England. The question arises a a what bearing have these on morals a the Bishop of Manchester sprayer at the opening of the Art treasures collection had a petition that a it might refine our a strange petition surely 1 yet religion ignores not Art or any thing which human Genius produces if the glory be Given to god the giver if the intellect and the heart be not injured but rather cultivated if the tendency be not demoralizing but purifying and if inno cent recreation be afforded to those mentally or physically Over tasked. And there is much of All tvs i Trust in the present condition of Art and in the feelings a of its patrons. Not that these Ever be substitutes for. The gospel or be the cure of Many a sins and sorrows. But bringing tributes to Christ and teaching great moral lessons to the thoughtful and the thought stirring the heart with Noble historic reminiscences by the pictured stories of martyrs reformers patriots even these things tend to do Good and speak Forth to All the animating word a a Excelsior a the new Reading room of the British museum is one of the greatest triumphs of architectural Small and Teste. It is circular in form with a mighty dome overhead equal in loftiness save by a few feet to that of st. Peters at Rome. Galleries go round the building tier after tier giving Access to the books which in myriads Are placed there each bound and Gilt lettered. Besides desks and tables at which librarians stand to attend to the desires of the readers each Reader has a separate seat for himself with every facility for taking notes and extracts. The Beauty and gracefulness of the whole Structure Are extraordinary the colouring and painting by the celebrated Gwen a a no a admirable. Crowds of Rich and poor have been passing through the Library to inspect it Ere it is opened to the literary Public. The Cost is �150,000. Taken As a whole the British museum is a glorious Structure and its Contente most precious. The Nineveh marbles Are now beautifully arranged and Wale the world will testify to the retributive Justice of the great governor of nations and to the truth of is a a a ure word of As to music As one of the Fine arts never was it so extensively cultivated in England As it is now. There is to be tvs summer a a a Handel festival a commemorative in its character of the great composer at the Crystal Palace at which his Best oratorios Are to be Sung by the most eminent professionals and a Choras of probably one thousand voices. As to the lawfulness of oratorios i say nothing save that the professedly religious world is divided some Earnest christians like lord Shaftesbury in a recent conversation i had with him holding and maintaining from their personal consciousness that the effect is a eminently devotional and tends to subdue is and to melt even the eare Lesb. Others like Ceoil and Newton among the dead and Dean close among the living condemn the oratorios on the ground that they must be Sung by persons some of whom Are notoriously immoral stage players &c., and that As in. A the Messiah a a great crowd is collected to draw entertainment from a rehearsal of the sufferings of the son of god. I am persuaded that the majority of the j evangelicals Are opposed to oratorios. But surely the time May come when a the. Messiah May become a glorious out pour ing from sanctified multitudes of homage Faith and penitence at the feet of the redeemer and to the glory of god the father. As to operatic music a a a Trovatore a and a a Traviata Quot Are All the rage and the Triumph of Heidi As a composer is unparalleled. But there is positive Eyu Here. In the latter opera the heroine is a fallen one and As she Dies of consumption by slow degrees her Sweet singing and Beautiful acting make the Charm who his so potent. Vice indeed is veiled but is it the less dangerous a the i been has never once Given her presence or countenance to either of these operas. Doctor Livingston was last week presented with the Freedom of the City of London. In i his reply he indicated the probability of Trade and Commerce penetrating Ere Long the heart of Africa and that a equity the abolition of the slave Trade would be the result. He made mention also of the vast productiveness of the soil and of Many fruits quite unknown in this country. One article a specimen of which he produced was a quite new to Commerce.� this Plant has a fibrous tissue it is a substitute for flax and an eminent London firm says that when prepared it will be Worth �50 or �60 a ton. All this is hopeful while we do not forget or. own words a a the end of the geographical feat is the beginning of the missionary the mock elections in France for Louis Napoleons mock legislature Are about to commence. The government sends to prefects and Heads of departments a list of candidates and urges them to us every Means to insure their election. The times asks what would England say if the Queen attempted Sueh a course and then in a its usually powerful Way yet under the veil nnrflraij.tehnkekmjtbe.6enst.fraipce will have it so and that Snemis Noto Iscon tented As England would be. Somewhat dishonest and treacherous to both parties is this style of writing even while declaring in favor of constitutional Liberty on the whole. A the French republicans talk of bringing Forward Cavaignac and others As opposition candidates. But the Effort will be followed by Small results when corruption and systematic repression spread their net. Work Over the whole kingdom. In Belgium there has been a a collision Between the priests and the people which May be followed by important results in favor of protestantism. The priests have always been the bitter foes of the Constitution. But As they could not get rid of it they moved the masses by superstitious influences to elect a chamber Wimch gave their party a majority and put their bettors into office As the ministers of King Leopold. By the Law is it has stood since the revolution of 1830, priests could not receive bequests and will making at which in Ireland and elsewhere they have always been such adepts for their own Good and that of Mother a Huron was absolutely forbidden them. The cry was raised of the poverty of the convents and the hardship that people when dying could not leave their property to be disposed of As they pleased without state interference and so by a majority they carried last week after a tumultuous opposition a virtual repeal of what May be called a Mort main act. Whereupon the people at Brussels at Antwerp at Ghent and elsewhere of the Middle class gathered. In threatening crowds in the streets and some of the Jesuit clergy fled. The Popes Legate also was insulted at Brussels. Seeing the danger the Crafty Leopold Only too glad to have the Opportunity of quashing a measure which he detested dissolved the chamber. Thus the priest party Are completely upset in their calculations and not Only will they never dare to propose the obnoxious change again but they have made themselves hateful to multitudes. All tvs savors More of a political and secular struggle than a spiritual one. But it is a Token for Good. And the evangelical protestant Church in Belgium Mil not fail to take advantage of it. Much prayer should be offered on behalf of Belgium whose soil has been watered not Only with the blood of hostile armies fighting and falling there but by that of some of the most renowned and precious of gods martyred servants. In reference to the Case of a presented in the scottish establishment referred to in my test letter and whom the moderate party in the Assembly had succeeded in declaring eligible it gives me real pleasure to record that this disgraceful vote was virtually repealed by the Success of another by which it was resolved to take the evidence of ministers and others who knew the real state Oft the Parish. The result was that the objectionable presented was set aside by a majority of tarty six. Thus the evangelical party in the establishment has vindicated its reputation. The free Church Assembly has received deputations from the Irish and English presbyterian churches As Well As from the Church in Canada. M. Monod gave an address to the Assembly on the state of religion in France. Religious persecution still continues there to a certain extent. The Progress of the free Church is the disruption it numbered four Hundred and seventy eight ministers. It has now eight Hundred and one ordained , and eight Hundred and eighty one congregations. In the first year the Sustento Tion fund amounted to �68,704 it has since increased upwards of �40,000. Then it had not a single school now it reports six Hundred and seven schools and fifty Beven thousand scholars. Then its country ministers had no acres now there Are five Hundred and thirty pleasant manses. Then the foreign Mission funds were �4,949 last year. They amounted to �14,470. Since the disruption Down to May 1856, there had been collected �3,902,000, or a an average of a year for thirteen successive �300,000 years. A. The grand Duke Constantine has paid a Brief and private visit to the Queen at the Isle of Wight. He remained but a Short time and in the Royal yacht took a Short excursion with the Queen amid the thunders of a Royal Salute from the ships in Portsmouth Harbor. He was conveyed with All Honor to Calais and thence departed to Germany. Trade is much disturbed and depressed by the constant Drain of Money to the East. About one million Sterling is to be dispatched to Morrow to India and China. The War in the latter will Likely be but a local a Terel. J. W. A summary of is no salvation but by the. Free mercy of god no mercy but through the mediation of Christ no interest in Christ except by Faith in him no justifying Faith hut that Wimch works by love and purifies the heart no love to Christ which does not include love to is people his example the precepts no genuine love to his people which does not influence a Man to do Good to them As he has ability and Opportunity. In Onoe we Are sure god hath done a thing there is no room left to dispute its

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