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public-house-had much sale, drank deeply for some years, during which he was almost constantly under the care of doctors, and died a desperate drunkard in the latter part of 1829. His son and successor was an active man, made a hypocritical profession of religion, read, prayed, and ex. horted, was accounted a prodigy of religious exbibition; yet he became a notorious drunkard, failed, involved many, ard was cast into prison.
“No. 2.-The last tenant had saved at one time about 30001., but became a drunkard, and died pennyless many miles off, returning from a tedious imprisonment.
« No.3, has had a succession of inhabitants, their term of residence always short, the cause of removal in every case strong drink. Here has been riot of all grades, drink. ing even to madness, &c. &c. The present tenant had once saved money, but, having at length obtained a spirit licence, he is now poor. One of his little daughters became, last winter, so confirmed a drunkard, that the most decided means of reformation were resorted to, I know not with what succese.
“No. 4.-The late occupant was accounted a very respectable man, and carried on business extensively. About thirty years ago, he told a friend in confidence that he possessed property to the amount of 22,0001. One branch of his business was the sale of distilled spirits. considered a most correct man, and despised from his inmost soul any one who drank besore dinner; yet I suspect that none of his friends would be hardy enough to assert that, for a number of years, he ever went to bed sober. His losses by trade were few ; yet, unaccountable as it may seem, (for every thing he did was on the saving plan,) be was borne to the grave a short time since, a man who died poor.
“No. 5, was inhabited by a man of most retired habits, eeldom seen even by his nearest neighbours. Report said thal two quarts of whiskey per day was not too much for his consumption, and that one was considered by him a miserable allowance. His life was cut short. His son became a few years since his sole heir, got married, drank, broke his wife's heart, failed in business, and now wanders the world in search of drink and employment.
“No. 6, has had a succession of inhabitants. One of these, who died, some years back, was a drink-seller, rather reputable in his line. On his death-bed he seemed to be
most confident of heaven. On being asked the ground of his assurance, he said, “If any man had too much drink already, I did not give him more; my bouse was quiet and regular, and, unlike my neighbours, I did not burn candles to sell drink after nigbi. On this being reported to one of his acquaintances, he admitted the truth of the general statement, but added that he did not wonder at the sobriety of his friend's house, for, • it took a great deal of his drink to make any body drunk.'
“No. 7.-Present inhabitants civil people, ratber industrious, once sold spirits. Inquiring lately of a near relative of theirs what their mode of life is, Why,' said he, since ever I knew them, they drænk just all they could get.'
“No. 8.-Present inhabitant a kind-hearted man, wbo has sold spirits for twenty years,-is not regularly drunk, --only occasionally,--has got many sore beatings from his customers. Every single article of bis property was auctioned last winter, by a sheriff's sale.
“No. 9.-Another drink-shop,-the fate of its inhabitants very tragical. The frst proprietor a notorious drunkard. His end was death in a moment by apoplexy. His daughter, who inherited his house and business, married a great sturdy drunken scoundrel, from whose daily drunken brutality she led a wretched life. On a tight memorable for rain and storm, the ruffian shut her outside the house. Not wishing to expose his shame by going into any neighbour's house, she sat all night and an awful night it was,) beside the door. Next day she was seized with a putrid sore throat, which soon carried her to the grave. She was as majestic á figure as ever graced female attire. You ask what became of her husband. His servant maid, a picture of every thing vile and ugly, said he had married her. He denied it. They lived together, or rather quarrelled together, till poverty drove them both out of the country.
“ No. 10.A spirit store. The proprietor a genteel, friendly man. Even his enemies accused him but of one fault -drunkenness. For a number of
emaciated frame suffer under it. He trembled, and cougbed, and staggered about -took medicine to cure this disease, and drank to aggravate it, till at length reason gave way, and a gradual decline and death followed.
“ No. 11, belonged to a substantial, sturdy little tradesman, who never sold drink, but bought much. He used to say that he could make money if it was above ground. When drunk, and this was often, he was, in his line, a great philanthropist, which he evidenced by treating every neiglibour with whiskey. Quiet, moderate men were often seen. wending their way cautiously towards him, when drunk,-their only object to get a glass from him.' Almost all they said of him was, that it was a pity so good a man should drink so much whiskey. Every lover of drink regarded him as a father. His purse, however, was stronger than his constitution. After a fourteen days' drinking fit, it was remarked, that in walking he was much bent to one side. His days were ended. His ruling passion was strong even in death, for in his last moments lie called a companion to his bed-side, and said, When I am buried, and my grave neatly covered, buy five gallons of whiskey and drink it over me.'
« No. 12.-This house has been long occupied as a publie nuisance. Its original proprietor sold drink, kept a liouse of ill fame, larboured thieves, received stolen goods, &c. I am not exactly acquainted with bis history, but believe that death somewhat seasonably freed the world of him.
“No. 13.---The proprietor had, in the early part of his life, saved, as report says, about 4001. He then commenced hard drinking, and spent his money with amazing rapidity. Towards the end of his cash, he happened one day to have so much use of his eyes as to see a young woman to his fancy: He visited her; and how could she resist? for he was still completely drunk. For better for worse, they were married. She was the very wife for a drunkard. Believing that every woman should bear rule in her own house, when the man is incapable, she immediately assumed both the legislative and executive. She set her face against drinking in all its shapes: she would and must be obeyed; and so completely has her husband been reclaimed under her good government, that for many years he has entirely abstained.
“No. 14, has had many inhabitants, the most conspicuons, a genteel family, who feasted and drank for a time nobly; but their drinking, like the confusion of languages, scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.
“ No. 15.-One story out of many. This house was partly occupied by a mother and her daughter, who had a little aninuity to support them. They were quiet deep drinkers : the neighbourhood knew little of them. One nigiit
, those in the adjoining house were awakened by a suffocating smell. The houses were searched, for no one could endure it. On entering the apartmeat occupied by the two females, the mother
was found half consumed by fire. Some supposed she had been set on fire: there was, however, no sign of this visible. It was a case of voluntary combustion, occasioned by excessive drinking. The daughter was missing. She was cowering in the corner of the room dead drunk. Her mother's fatę was no warning to her. It was believed that she was still free from that vice which seals the degradation of the female character, To prostitution she was at length driven, for strong drink she would have, at whatever cost.
She died on a dunghill in Belfast.
“ No. 16.—A public-house. Its first occupant had a very gay wife, who, through drunkenness, was seduced, and went off with a military man. The deserted husband, also a drunkard, died shortly after; it was said of a broken heart.
“ No. 17, has sheltered many drunkards in the course of a few years. The most confirmed was a tradesman from ScotJand. However, he got out of town with the life, and returned to his own temperate Scotland. The next inhabitant was. a man of the same trade; his appearance once genteel and interesting. Poor fellow : he was nearly as drunken as his pre. decessor. He spent his nights alone.' One morning his door remained closed. It was forced open, and the wretched inmate was found lying a lifeless corpse upon the shop floor. A minister of the gospel present opened lis breast, in search of some remnant of lingering life, but death was every where; and next day, a mournful procession carried, to an unhonoured grave, one more to be added to the unnumbered victims of distilled spirits."
SYNOD OF ULSTER.
The Annual Meeting of this body was held in Belfast, on the 30th of June, and they continued to sit till the 11th of July. Although the meeting was so protracted, a large portion of the business was left unfinished, and an adjourned meeting was appointed to be held in Cookstown, on the 11th of August. We abstain from any general observations upon the proceedings of the Synod, until they are completed in Cookstown. In the mean time we submit an outline of the several discourses delivered, during the meeting in Belfast.
The Rev. Mr. M'Clure, the former Moderator, preached from Phil, iii. 23. His subject was zeal, which he treated under three heads. 1. The characteristics of christian zeal. It should be ardent-guided by knowledge spring from proper motives and be imbued with a right spirit. II. The objects
to which; as a church, our zeal should be specially directed.
These are, enforcing the duty, of family prayer--the revival of the Eldership-and Missionary operations. III. Motives to the duty inculcated. The importance of the ministerial officethe advantages of the Presbyterian system-the assurance of
The Rev. H. Wallace, of Cork, preached from Psalm cxxii. .9, illustrating, I. The circumstances by which the house of God is distinguished. The place of bis manifested presence the depository of his truth-the maintainance of ordinances and the subject of the effusion of his Holy Spirit. 11. Circumstances by wbich the good of the house of God is promoted. By the faithful preaching of the word--the purity of church communion—the persevering prayers of ministers for their people-brotherly love among ministers and temperance. III. Obligations under which we are laid to seek the good of the house of God. The honour of Christ-love to Christ the day of account is at hand.
The Rev. W. Kirkpatrick, of Dublin, preached from Psalm Ixvii. I, 2. Setting forth how the church might be expected to enjoy the divine favour while seeking to make known the way of God on the earth. I. By using caution in admitting members to the church. II. By attending to the efficiency of the Eldership of the church. III. By ministers aiming at the conversion of their hearers, and so preaching with power. IV. When the people pray in faith. V. When all are active in the house of God.
The Rev. J. Macfarlane, of Collessie, in Scotland, preached from Is. liv. 13. His subject was divine teaching. 1. The necessity of divine teaching. II. The manner of this teaching. It is rational conformable to truth-inward-efficaciousand practical. III. The result of this teaching. It is peace. Its foundation is sure its nature satisfying-its continuance Jasting.
At the close of the various services, collections were taken up in aid of the Synod's Missions.
THE SCOTTISH MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
The Scottish Missionary Society has at present ten Missionary Stations, namely, one in Russian Tartary,-three in the East Indies,--and six in the Island of Jamaica. In India, the Missionaries are chiefly occupied in preaching the gospel to the natives ; and with this view, thèy last year made some very extensive tours through the country; in the course of one of these tours, they circulated upwards of 14,000 book's and tracts. In the schools there were about 1300 scholars, of wbom near 300 were females. Though the number of natives who have