assure you, in the greatest excitement, and in a state of consternation and sorrow, and the cause of that state of mind is none else but yourselves, my dear friends. I, a few days ago, read in the Morning Post, that an eminent and successful bookseller had entered the Church of Rome. I thought that that bookseller must be one of the Tractarian party, when, to my utter astonishment, I heard whispered that that bookseller was nobody else but Mr James Nisbet, his whole family, and my old friend Mr. Murray, with the observation, “ One extreme leads to the other extreme.” Now, having known you for these twenty-five years as sober-minded members of the Kirk of Scotland, I cannot conceive what may have induced you to embrace the tenets of the Church of Rome ; for I, having been a pupil of the Propaganda, know that true Romanism is as different from the amiable spirit of Fenelon, whose writings may perhaps have misled you, as black is from white. If you like, I am quite ready to come to London to talk over the whole matter with you. My dear Nisbet and Murray, what could induce you to do such a spite to your John Knox, Chalmers, and Gordon, and join with a rotten church? Nobody is more impartial in acknowledging the good things still to be found in the Church of Rome than myself, yet I rather would see the Pope and all his

Ι cardinals fly into the moon than become a Papist again.


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The house of the righteous shall stand.'—PROV. XII. 7.

HERE are some men who, while scrupu

lously observant of all the outward forins of religion, are yet notorious, in their

business transactions, for acts of meanness and of selfishness not less discreditable to themselves than inconsistent with the profession which they make. It was otherwise with James Nisbet. His religion was as apparent in the counting-house as it was in the sanctuary. While he made it a matter of conscience to exclude from his stock every book which was not of a moral or religious character, he was distinguished, in his dealings with the authors of publications of which he thoroughly approved, by the exhibition of more than ordinary kindness and liberality. He was not satisfied with purchasing the copyrights on terms highly advantageous to the parties who disposed of them ; but when the sales were larger than he at first anticipated, instead of retaining the entire profits to himself, which, of course, he was legally entitled to do, he was in the habit, from time to time, of making the most liberal advances, and thus, after the transactions seemed to be closed, many an author was made to share unexpectedly in the riches of his liberality. One estimable man, whose praise is in all the churches, and whose admirable works have met deservedly with a wide circulation, felt himself constrained to adopt the somewhat unusual course of putting a curb on his publisher's generosity. His notes upon the subject are exceedingly creditable to himself, and I hope I may be excused if I venture to quote a few sentences :'I shall agree to accept a hundred guineas, but no

I had no reason to expect anything for this book. You remember our conversation about the price of it. Then I do not think you can afford it. Should there ever be so much profit on it, I shall be very glad. You have taken such pains with my little productions, and given such a quantity away, that I should be very glad if this one brought in a few pounds' profit to the good old house of James Nisbet and Co. They will do good with the money. But I should be very unhappy in accepting a sum which made this impossible. I remember


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writing the same way about the tracts, and you gave the money in my name to different objects. But, for the reason now stated, I do not wish this either. I deeply feel the generosity and personal kindness which have prompted you and your worthy partners to make such an offer ; but the half of it is all that I can take. It will defray the journey I am now about to take, and will be as seasonable, as more would be oppressive. Now, my dear friend, I hope you understand the business part of this letter, and that you will make me happy by letting me have my own way for once.'

Alongside of this characteristic note, let me give the testimony of another witness :- As it is an honour and a privilege to minister to the household of faith, so it is a comfort and satisfaction to deal with the members of it. It is just thirty-seven years since, in the providence of God, I first became acquainted with dear Mr. Nisbet. Just after I married, I took a house in Alfred Place, within a few doors of Haldane Stewart; and soon after I got there, I wandered in company with my dear wife, and Helen Plumptre, to Mr. Nisbet's shop in Castle Street. Among other things, I have a distinct recollection of his having taken us into his back parlour, and introduced us to Mr. Knill, who had lately returned from India, and was on the point of proceeding to St. Petersburg. This reminds me how given to hospitality dear Nisbet was, especially to missionaries and


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