fore defer obedience to his dying wish, and I give you his spontaneous message in his own emphatic words, “Give my love to James Nisbet. Tell him there must be no separation.” And then he repeated very earnestly, “He must not separate himself. It is not right for men who have fought the battle long to retire at a time like this. We must fight to the last.” It is not for me, my dear Mr. Nisbet, to make any comment on an appeal so earnest, from your “ brother beloved,” now in glory, nor can I help regretting that it was entrusted to one so unworthy as myself-though I yield to none in the loving and reverent regard which I bear to yourself, who have established such manifold claims on my grateful affection.'

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A dying request from one of the dearest of his friends, conveyed too in a note so finely expressed, and so full of tranquil power, it was scarce possible, for a man of Mr. Nisbet's temperament to resist. The note came into his hands at half-past nine o'clock on Sabbath morning; and that being the day when the communion was to be celebrated, he appeared in his accustomed place, and the session having declined formally to accept of his resignation, he continued, I doubt not, greatly to his own comfort, to the satisfaction of his brethren, and to the joy of the congregation, to preserve unbroken the official relationship

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in which they had been so long and so happily connected.

In some respects I have sometimes thought that James Nisbet had constitutional propensities somewhat analogous to those of Simon Peter. He was impulsive, outspoken, warm-hearted, more accustomed to lead other men than to be led himself. Peter, forgetful of his own infirmities, and confiding unduly in himself, made a sad mistake, and suffered a grievous fall.

But he was restored again, and the commission which reinstated him in the office from which he had fallen, was couched in these memorable words, * Feed my sheep'-Feed my lambs.' And so, I think,

' it was with James Nisbet. He had been walking not warily or wisely, and he stumbled and fell. But he was not deposed from his office by the authority of the church, or by the sentence of its great Head. His separation from the fellowship of his brethren, and from the duties of his official position, was his own act, and I cannot doubt that it pressed very bitterly on his heart. But the counsel of a dying brother, acting upon a heart open to conviction, and full of the warmest affection, was productive of the desired result. And when his soul was restored again, he said but little to the oldest of his friends, or to the nearest of his kindred, but of his own free will resumed the position which he had abandoned for a season ; and, taking his accustomed place at the table of the Lord, he continued henceforward, as before, to feed the Shepherd's sheep-to feed the Shepherd's lambs; and who can doubt that in returning to his holy calling, and abiding therein, he was the right man in the right place, ministering abundantly to the comfort of other men, and at the same time drawing in rich and sweet refreshment to his own soul.

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Dear in God's sight is His saints' death;

Thy servant, Lord, am I:
Thy servant sure, Thine handmaid's son:

My bands Thou did'st untie.

Thank-offerings I to Thee will give,

And on God's name will call:
I'll pay my vows now to the Lord,

Before His people all.

Within the courts of God's own house,

Within the midst of thee,
O city of Jerusalem,

Praise to the Lord give ye.'

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“He shall build an house for My name.'—2 SAM. vii. 13.


HILE resident in London, Mr. Nisbet was

not indifferent to the wellbeing of his native town; and, entering heartily into

the Church Extension Scheme, which was so vigorously prosecuted by the late Dr. Chalmers, he resolved, in dependence on the blessing of God, to put forth every effort in his power for the erection of a new and additional church.

In entering on a project of this kind, he was aided, after much consultation and prayer, by the Rev. James M'Culloch, minister of the parish, and by Messrs. Alexander Leadbetter, John Henderson, and Robert Williamson, members of the kirk-session. Though they had many difficulties to meet, and no small degree of opposition to encounter, they gave themselves right earnestly to the prosecution of the work, and having purchased a suitable site at an expense of about £ 500, the foundation stone was laid, in presence of the presbytery, the kirk-session, the trustees, and other friends, on the 3d May 1836. In due time the building was completed, and, in auspicious circumstances, it was opened for public worship on the 26th November 1837, the Rev. Dr. Muir of St. Stephens, Edinburgh, officiating in the forenoon, and the Rev. J. A. Wallace, of Hawick, in the afternoon.

The expense of the building, when completed, amounted to £3000, and by far the greater part was either given or collected by Mr. Nisbet. And not only so, but long after Dr. Horatius Bonar was appointed to the charge, and after the infant and juvenile schools were brought into a state of active and efficient operation, he continued to take the liveliest interest in everything connected with the prosperity of the church ; and from time to time he subscribed largely, for the upholding of divine ordinances, and for the effecting of all necessary repairs on the buildings. From a little work entitled Kelso,' edited by Dr. M'Culloch, and containing the sermons and services, both at the opening of the church, and at the ordination and introduction of the first minister, I extract, from the introductory notice, the following passage, because of the graceful tribute therein paid to the character and services of Mr. Nisbet :

* Kelso can now point with gratitude and pride to

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