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of their words and deeds did he treasure up and dwell upon. His house was the centre of a large portion of the vital Christianity of the last forty years in London.

5. He was a strong and decided Presbyterian. Though meeting continually with men of other denominations, he never let go his old principles, but held them unbroken and unaltered to the last. Of the Presbyterian form of government he had known the benefit, and he gave his testimony in favour of it wherever he was.

6. He was generous in his gifts for the cause of Christ. We knew his liberality here, and in London there were few Christian or charitable institutions that did not share it. He gave freely, as the Lord had given to him.

• Friends and brethren, be followers of these forerunners in the heavenly race. Follow them, as they followed Christ. Press forward more fervently. The time is short. The days are evil. The godly man ceaseth. The righteous are taken away from the evil to come. Awake, and sleep no more. Arise, and loiter no more. Work while it is day, for the night cometh when no man can work.'

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now, according to the munificent liberalities he exercised, and by the promise of the great Giver of good, the great Rewarder of His people, he has gone to receive a righteous man's reward.'

"The church their hallowed memories takes in trust,

Their honoured names are registered above;

Where'er its wings, expanding like a dove,
The Holy Spirit takes its flight untired,

Where'er the name of Christ the heart can move,
Where'er the cross is borne, the crown desired,
Their labours should be owned, their Christian zeal

adınired.'

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'For a memorial in the temple of the Lord.”—ZECH. VI. 14

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Emigravit is the inscription on the tombstone where he lies; Dead he is not, but departed, for the Christian never dies. Fairer seems the ancient city, and the sunshine seems more

fair, That he once has trod its pavement, that he once hath

breathed its air.

N the National Scotch Church, Regent

Square, a mural tablet had previously been erected on one side of the pulpit,

and at the expense of the kirk-session, to the memory of William Hamilton ; and another

h on the other side, of the same kind of material, and of similar dimensions, was subsequently raised to the memory of James Nisbet.

In some respects the men were widely different ; but they were most closely and lovingly associated together in the ser

Sow, though the thorns may wound thee;

One wore the thorns for thee;
And though the cold world scorn thee,

Patient and hopeful be.
Sow ye beside all waters,

With a blessing and a prayer ; Name Him whose hand upholds thee,

And sow thou everywhere.

Sow when the sunlight sheddeth

Its warm and cheering ray, For the rain of heaven descendeth

When the sunbeams pass away.
Sow when the tempest lowers,

For calmer days will break,
And the seed, in darkness nourished,

A goodly plant may make.
Sow when the morning breaketh

In beauty o'er the land; And when the evening falleth

Withhold not thou thine hand.'

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' That the communication of thy faith may become effectual

by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.'—PHILEMON, ver. 6.

AM quite aware that by specially recording the preceding testimonies to the memory of my venerated father, I may be laying

Ι myself open to the charge of being actuated by a spirit of nothing more than vain and ostentatious display. At the same time I cannot help thinking, that the giving of so many tributes of respect from the pulpit, from the press, by means of official documents, and by private letters, does really present a phenomenon not undeserving of a passing notice. How comes it to pass that a mere tradesman, moving in the ordinary walks of life, should have made himself so well known, even amid the dense and enormous population of a city such as London,

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