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'Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord.'

Phil. I. 20.

OTWITHSTANDING of the humble

position which James Nisbet occupied as a mere shopkeeper, so high was the

estimation in which he was held as a philanthropist and a Christian, that he was occasionally honoured by pressing invitations from families in the highest ranks of life, to visit them in their country seats.

Though certainly gratified by such marks of kindness and respect, he was very backward in accepting of such invitations, being thoroughly convinced that his personal comfort, and his power of usefulness, would be more effectually promoted by confining himself to the sphere of life which the providence of God had assigned to him. It was not, therefore, from any want of respect for their high rank, or their Christian worth, but from a feeling of propriety very creditable to himself, that he felt unwilling to share in the hospitality of personages whom he highly esteemed, such as the late Duchess of Gordon, the Marchioness of Cholmondely, the Marquis of Breadalbane, the Earl of Panmure, and Robert Ramsden, Esq., of Carlton Hall. But there was one nobleman—the Earl of Roden—whose invitation was so urgent, that, along with his dear friend Dr. Malan of Geneva, he left other pressing engagements, and went all the way to Ireland to visit him ; and the visit was not only the source of high enjoyment, but of much refreshing from the presence of the Lord.

He was deeply and profoundly impressed with the daily habits, the good works, and the genial fellowship of this illustrious nobleman, in whose ancestral halls he found something, for the time being, like the home of a father. And in writing to an old and valued friend, he takes occasion to say: 'The more that I see of this dear family, the more I have reason to rejoice. Oh that what I have heard and seen here may be the means of strengthening and encouraging me in the good ways of the Lord! Oh! what a blessed thing it is to be a Christian ; and when nobility is thus adorned, how amiable ! Unite with me in praying that God would indeed uphold and strengthen the hands of His servant in this happy, because holy family. When his lordship came first here to reside, four years ago, he




found but one Christian ; now he has a host, to whom his ministrations have been blessed. I think there is a text which says, Strengthen those women that laboured with us in the gospel.” Now, my dear brother, how is it that you stand all the day idle ? Are there no women in dear Kelso whose hands want strengthening ? Are there no ignorant children needing to be instructed ?-—no sick persons in want of some kind friend to read the word of God to them, and tell of the love of Jesus to poor sinners ? My dear friend, look inward, look upward, and resolve, in the strength of the Lord, that as for others, whatever they say or do, as for you, you will serve the Lord, through evil as well as good report. Why should you be thus backward ? I wish you were with me here. While highly honoured for our blessed Lord's sake, do not think I am lifted up.

I am rather humbled. My visit has been of the most delightful kind, and if spared to reach home, I trust God will enable me to be more alive to His blessed service, and give me grace to be more humble, and to abound more and more in every good work. It is now a month since I left London, and the Lord has blessed me with excellent health and strength.

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“ Thus far the Lord has led me on,

Thus far His power prolongs my days,
And every evening shall make known

Some fresh memorial of His grace.

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Agnew, Bart.; Treasurer in London for the General Assembly's Schemes for Church Extension in Scotland ; Treasurer for the Foreign and Jewish Missions of the Presbyterian Church in England ; Vice-President of the London Presbyterian Church Extension Society; Treasurer in London for the Church of Scotland's Foreign Missions ; Treasurer to the Association in aid of the Free Church of Scotland's Foreign Missions ; General Treasurer of the London Lay Union; Agent for the Circulation in London of the Communications of the Free Church of Scotland; Chairman of the Meeting for providing Sabbath Services in Exeter Hall during the Exhibition of 1851 ; Member of Committee of the Caledonian Asylum ; Member of Committee of the Marylebone Savings Bank; Member of Committee for the Hospital for Women, Soho Square ; Member of the Wodrow Society ; Honorary Secretary of the Committee for Relief of Highland Destitution ; Chairman of the Booksellers' Provident Retreat.

It appears, moreover, from the subscriptions which he gave, and the meetings he attended, that he had some kind of connection with the New Asylum for Fatherless Children; the Society for the Sons of Deceased Missionaries; the Servants' School, New Ormond Street ; the Hanway Lunatic Asylum ; the Milton Club ; the Boys' Refuge, Whitechapel ; the Royal Naval Female School, Richmond ; the Lon

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don City Mission ; the Orphan Asylum, Clapton ; the Chinese Evangelical Society; the Irish Church Mission; the Religious Tract Society; and the Sunday School Union.

It is remarkable, that while everything in his own place of business was conducted with the utmost promptitude and despatch, he was able to take a more than ordinary share in the work of so many religious and charitable societies. The institutions in which he took the liveliest interest, such as the Orphan Schools, Middlesex Hospital, the Sailors Home, and others of a similar description, had their committee meetings at least once a week. But nothing but illness or absence from home could prevent him from appearing in his accustomed place, and labouring for the furtherance of their best interests, not by fits and starts, but week after week, in regular and unbroken succession, from the commencement of the year to its very



Death worketh,
Let me work too;
Death undoeth,

Let me do.
Busy as death my work ? ply,
Till I rest in the rest of eternity.

Time worketh,
Let me work too;

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