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Europe at large, with the history of the Church of Scot. land in its most interesting periods, or with the present and peculiar difficulties by wbich she is beset, it is im. possible not to regard his unexpected removal from the midst of us, at the age of 64, in the full vigour of bis faculties, and in the midst of his varied labors, as afford. ing ground of deep regret, not only to his family, his con. gregation, his brethren in the ministry, and the whole religious connexion of which he was so distinguished an ornament, but to the Church of Scotland generally, apd to the interests of religion and literature at large. No longer shall the pen of this ready and heaven-taught writer be employed in removing the reproach of Martyrs and Christian beroes, showing how true religion has ever gone hand in hand with solid learning and genuine liberty, and drawing lessons of wisdom for the world's use from history sacred or profane. No longer may we cherish the fond hope of seeing the historian of the Scot. tish Cburch one day grace the chair of her.General As. sembly. No longer shall we catch the inspiration of that eye which, lighted up from a brighter within, was wont 10 communicate to many an anxious auditor a portion of ils own sacred fire. That eye is now closed in the sleep of death; and those lips, which, from Sabbath to Sabbath, dropped wisdom, and faithful reproof, and heavenly con. solation, are sealed “ till the heavens be no more.!' “Know ye not that tbere is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel ?” “ How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished !”
LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONE OF THE INSTITUTION FOR THE DEAF AND DUMB, AND THE BLIND, IN COLLEGE-STREET.
In the wide range of buman misery, objects of greater commiseration than the Deaf, the Dumb, and the Blind, can not claim the generous regards of Cbristian Philanthropy. This affirmation we make not merely upon the ground that these portions of the community have been deprived of bodily organs, which are of immense utility to man; but because these persons frequently belong to families in the humblest circumstances of life, whose pa. rents cannot afford them the necessary, education, and whose poverty compels them to engage in employments,
and to associate with persons that superinduce habits of the njost peraicious tendency. Being thus destitute of sound instruction, and led osten into the most depraved society, they imbibe bad principles, pursue evil practices; and ultimately sink into the depths of spiritual wretched
Then these unfortunate individuals become moral pests, as well as clamorous beggars at our doors-they attend as little to the improvement of their souls, as they seek to support themselves by lawful industry. They, in short, often dishonour God, produce mischief in the neighbourhood where they sojourn, and neglect all that pertains to pure happiness, either in this world or that which is to come. It is in this view that we take notice of the contem. plated Institution for the Blind in the Town of Belfast, that we commend the exertions of those who have thus far con. ducted this important undertaking, and that we desire the blessing of the Almighty to attend the erection of this house of refuge, as also to rest upon the souls of the people that shall afterwards participate in its benefits. In this Institution for the Blind, the Deaf, and the Dumb, it is delightful to consider that the inmates will be rescued from the barbarous treatment of the many who take pleasure in making the miserable still more miserable, that they will be taught the most useful branches of industry which are suited to their condition; and above all, that they will be instructed in the doctrines and duties of true Christianity. When we reflect upon the labours of Mr. Gall to improve the mode of teaching the Blind; the time, the anxiety, and the great expense which he has bestowed to raise them in the scale of intelligence and comfort; and the mighty success that has attended his many sacrifices and persevering exertions, we may safely affirm that he has not lived in vain, and that the blessing of many who were ready to perish, must come upon him.
Pleased, therefore, as we are with the efforts lately made in behalf of these portions of fallen humanity, we gladly present our readers with the subsequent account of an Insti. tution for their benefit.
On Monday, the 17th inst. the Committee of this Institution met in the Exchange, at 12 o'clock, when the an rangements for commencing this important undertaking were made. In accordance with previous agreement, the Committee and many other gentlemen assembled at the Linen Hall, about one o'clock, where Sir Robert Bateson, Bart., M. P., joined them, and walked in procession
to the ground fixed upon for the building. When the procession reached the place, the ceremony com: menced with the reading of the 9th chapter of John's Gospel, by the Rev. Dr. Cooke ; after which, the blind pupils sung the following original bymn :
They tell us that the stars are bright,
Which glisten in the sky;
Upon the sightless eye.
Hues of the purple West,
The ocean's sparkling breast.
The moon so fair and clear
To lighten or to cheer.
Earth-ocean-air- and sky,
The Day-Spring from on high.
The page of truth and love ;
The message from above.
His praise, who maketh known
And seals it as his own. Sir Robert then proceeded to lay the first stone of this benevolent Institution.
Subsequent to this, the Rev. Mr. Macartney addressed the Ladies and Gentlemen assembled, in a speech highly appropriate to the occasion.
The address being concluded, a suitable prayer was offered, by the Rev. Mr. Carlile—the blind pupils then sung the following Hymn, composed for the occasion :
THE DEAF AND DUMB, AND THE BLIND. " Who hath made the dumb or deaf, or the blind ? Have not I the
Lord ?"-Exod. iv. 11.
Who shed on earth Compassion's tear
The dumb to speak—the deaf to hear.
No longer shall the mute be still;
Here-signs significant of sense
In strains of voiceless eloquence.
Unclothed, unlettered, and unfed ;
To earn and eat our daily bread.
Though lost to hearing-voice-and sight;
Our rery wants shall us unite,
Who thus bath opened up a way,
To witness this rejoicing day.
This stone shall our memorial be:
The deaf to hear the blind to see! Counsellor Gibson, in the name of the Committee, returned Sir Robert Baleson thanks for the interest he had taken in the day's proceedings, the readiness with which he consented to lay the foundation-stone of the building, and for the interest he had evinced in an Insti. tution for the amelioration of the miseries of the deaf, the dumb, and the blind.
Sir Robert, in the most handsome manner, replied, assuring Mr. Gibson and the Committee that he always felt very bigb satisfaction among the inhabitants of Belfast, but at no time did he feel more delight than when called to take part with them in their charitable Institutions that he had the strongest desire for the success of the Institution whose foundation-stone was now laid, and he would never cease to desire its utmost prosperity.
SYNOD OF ULSTER.
At the adjourned meeting of the Synod of Ulster, lately beld in Cookstown, the following important overture was agreed to:
“WESTMINSTER CONFESSION-SUBSCRIPTION.- Whereas doubts appear to exist respecting the meaning and extent of the resolution of last Synod, not to sustain any exceptions opposing the doctrines of the Confession of Faith: and whereas, it is most desirable in itself, and indig. pensable to the renewal and maintainance of ecclesiastical commóunion with other Presbyterian churches, to adhere to an unqualified subscription of the Westminster Confession of Faith-this Synod do now declare, in
accordance with the resolution adopted at the last annual meeting of this body, that they will not, from this time forth, receive any exceptions or explanations from candidates for the ministry, and require that all who in future wish to become licentiates, or ministers of this church, shall subscribe its standards in terms of the formula agreed upon at Monagban, in the year 1831, which is as follows: I believe the Westminster Confession of Faith to be founded upon, and agreeable to, the Word of God, and as such I subscribe it as the confession of my faith.""
TAE FOLLOWING REPORT WAS RECEIVED, RESPECTING THE CENSUS OF THE PRESBYTERIAN POPULATION.-" The Committee appointed by Synod to draw up a statement respecting the late census of the Presbyterian population of Treland, report—That, having received statements from some ministers, and having partially examined the first report of the Commissioners of public instruction for Ireland, they have found that in many places the amount of the Presbyterian population has been considerably under-rated. They wish especially to call the attention of the Synod to the fact, that in very many of those congregations where the pastoral charge of the minister extends over more parishes than one, the minister did not receive notice of the visit of the Commissioner to each of those parishes, although he had duly returned their names to the Secre. tary of the Commission in Dublin-an omission mbicb, of course, deprived bim of any opportunity of inspecting the returns of the population in any of his parishes, save the one in which his place of worship happened to be situated. They also beg leave to notice, that in several parishes where casual vacancies have occurred from the death or removal of ministers, the Presbyterian population has, in one at least, been altogether, ard in others partially, overlooked ; while in several parishes the Presbyterian places of worship have been entirely omitted to be entered. The Committee would therefore recommend to Synod the necessity of immediately petitioning the Legislature on the subject, that by timely representation the interests of the Presbyterian Church may not suffer, and the true amouut of the Presbyterian population be ascertained."
CLAIRSEACH NAOMHTHA na b EIRIUN, Dublin, 1835. We hail this little work with great delight, not only on aecount of its own excellence, but chiefly for the sake of its peculiarity. It consists of several hymns, translated into Irish verse. We are assured, upon good authority, that they are such as are every way worthy to be put into the hands of the native Prish, and fitted to exercise the happiest influence over their hearts. We are glad to notice a favourable review of this little work in the Belfast News-Letter; but we cannot suppress our surprise at the attempt of tbe Editor to under-rate the arduous work undertaken by Dr. M'Leod, to render all the Psalms of David into Irish verse; as well as to prejudice the labours of the Synod of Ulster in the same department, in the eyes of his readers. We content ourselves with merely noticing this ungracious and uncalled-for judgment. And we recommend the Editor to call upun others to engage in this work, rather than to blame those who have already engaged in it, and at whom he has been able to aim this blow only by wandering out of his path. We have space only to add, that the present production is the work of Miss Alexander, the daughter of the Bishop of Meathe