their families. I always admired this trait in his character-blessed fruit of the Spirit! And as our God has said, “He that honoureth Me I will ,

I honour ;” and the dear man was enabled to honour the Lord with his substance, and all that he had ; so the Lord, in a variety of ways, put great honour upon him. To Him be all the praise. I have no doubt the providential circumstance of our feet being directed to Castle Street, and to its ending in Miss Plumptre, two years after, sending the first volume of the “Scripture Stories” to be published, was the means of giving our dear friend a considerable lift in the world. And never did the dear man cease to talk of it, and, while grateful to the instrument, ascribed all to the good hand of God. Nothing ever struck me of my dear friend's more, than his very grateful remembrance of any little favour or benefit conferred upon him. And I am sure, he and Mrs. Nisbet took every occasion of practically showing their sense of it. How often did I and my family, especially my two eldest sons, on their way to school at Iver, experience their kind hospitality! I do reckon it among my mercies that I ever knew dear Mr. Nisbet, and I shall ever entertain a grateful recollection of him. I am sure his life and conduct preached many a sermon to me. I long to have a picture of him over my chimney-piece.' I presume

that communications of this character,

so honourable to both parties, are but seldom to be met with in the business transactions of any mercantile firm. It is refreshing and instructive to meet with them even occasionally. And I cannot help thinking that, if they indicated the rule, rather than the exception, there would be much more of the blessing which maketh rich, and which addeth no sorrow, and a great deal less of the disaster and the bankruptcy with which, at the present day, and even in the case of houses of long standing, the commercial world is so often startled and disturbed.

I am not aware that, in the course of his business transactions, James Nisbet ever met with any very serious losses. There was one debt, however, amounting to a considerable sum, which he himself had reckoned to be a bad one. But, contrary to his own expectation, the debt was eventually recovered. He did not, however, spend it on himself, or his family, but laid it out in the purchase of plate, which he presented to the church in Regent Square. I need scarcely say that the gift was graciously accepted, and the acknowledgment of the kirk-session is, I think, deserving of a place in this record :

*To Mr. James Nisbet, elder of the National Scotch Church, London, and to Mrs. Nisbet, his wife, a member of the same church.—Dearly beloved brother and sister, we, the kirk-session of the National Scotch Church, have this day received a


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very valuable set of communion vessels, consisting of eight cups, two flagons, and two plates, as an offering out of your substance unto the church of Christ under our care. We accept them in the name of the whole church, and do tender unto you our thanks, and the thanks of the whole church, for the same ; and we shall take order, that this your deed of love, and act of bounty, be written in the books of the church, and go down to our children for a memorial. We can wish no better wish for the flock committed to us, than that they may be filled with the like spirit, and abound in the same liberality, to the honour of God, in which ye, the heads of your house, have so greatly abounded. Our prayer is, that you may increase in the gift of God, and that you may transmit it to your children, and your children's children. May the Lord have you in His holy keeping. Farewell.

*From your faithful brethren in the Lord.--Edward Irving, Minister of the National Scotch Church; William Dinwiddie, senior, Elder; Archibald Horn, Elder; D. MʻKenzie, Elder ; Andrew Panton, Elder; William Hamilton, Elder; David Blyth, Elder ; Charles Vertue, Deacon; Alexander Gillespie, junior, Deacon; John Thomson, Deacon; J. Henderson, Deacon; Thomas Carswell, Deacon ; David Ker, Deacon. NATIONAL Scotch CHURCH,

May 5, 1828.

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'He liveth long who liveth well,

All other life is short and vain; He liveth longest who can tell

Of living most for heavenly gain.

He liveth long who liveth well,

All else is being flung away; He liveth longest who can tell

Of true things truly done each day.

Waste not thy being; back to Him,

Who freely gave it, freely give; Else is that being but a dream

'Tis but to be, and not to live.'


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* Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.'



S illustrative of the variety and multiplicity

of Mr. Nisbet's labours for the benefit of other men, let me here specify the offices

to which he was elected, and the duties of which he regularly and faithfully performed.

He was Secretary of the Swallow Street Scotch Church Auxiliary in aid of the British and Foreign Bible Society ; Secretary of the West London Auxiliary in aid of the Missionary Society ; Secretary and Treasurer of the Fitzroy Schools ; Director of the Sailors' Home, London Docks; President and Trustee of the Booksellers' Provident Institution ; Life Governor of the Orphan Working School, City Road; Director and Steward of the Corresponding Board in London of the Royal Highland School Society; Mem

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