among themselves. And at the period of the Disruption, he circulated, at his own expense, not only in Scotland and in Ireland, but throughout England, great multitudes of Dr. James Hamilton's ' Farewell to Egypt,' and other tracts of a similar description, which, it is understood, were of signal service in removing the ignorance and misapprehension which were then prevailing, as to the great principles for which the Free Church was contending.

In this department of Christian work, it is not for a moment to be supposed, that he was spending his strength for nought, or his labour for that which profiteth not. On the contrary, communications were occasionally sent to him, announcing that the tracts, or the little books, which he had distributed, were the instruments of awakening and converting souls previously dead in trespasses and sins. And when the sealed book is opened at the last day, many records, doubtless, will be found there, to demonstrate to an assembled universe, that no prayer of faith is ever lost, and that the least of all the services which Christ's disciples have rendered, have not passed away without yielding some blessed fruit.

Reader, you may feel that you are awanting in the gifts that would fit you for rebuking open vice, or speaking a word in season to strangers that you meet with in the journey of life. But even in that case, the door of usefulness is not shut against you. If there be any good thing in your heart at all, you can go forth, like James Nisbet, with your pockets filled with religious tracts ; and if, with earnest prayer and simplicity of faith, you put them in the hands of little children, or even scatter them by the wayside, you may rest assured, that you shall in no wise either waste your substance, or lose your reward.

• Work while the daylight lasteth,

Ere the shades of night come on;
Ere the Lord of the vineyard cometh,

And the labourer's work is done.

Work in the wild waste places,

Though none thy love may own;
God guides the down of the thistle

The wandering wind hath sown.

Sow by the wayside gladly,

In the damp dark caverns low,
Where sunlight seldom reacheth,

Nor healthful streamlets flow.

Watch not the clouds above thee,

Let the whirlwind round thee sweep;
God may the seed-time give thee,

But another's hand may reap.

Have faith, though ne'er beholding

The seed burst from its tomb;

Thou knowest not which may perish,

Or which be spared to bloom.

Room on the narrowest ridges

The ripen'd grain will find, That the Lord of the harvest coming,

In the harvest sheaves may bind.'

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"Who hath despised the day of small things?'—ZECH. IV. 10.


HE Fitzroy schools were established about

the beginning of this century, by a few young men, for the instruction of a

limited number of poor children on the Sabbath-day. After the lapse of a short period, the carpenter's shed, which they had at first occupied in an obscure court, was found too small for the accommodation of the children. A meeting, therefore, was held, at which Drs. Waugh, Nichol, Winter, and other ministers were invited to be present, to take into consideration the propriety of providing a more convenient place of meeting. During the course of the discussion, as appears from a memorandum in Mr. Nisbet's handwriting, a penny a week subscription was proposed, and afterwards adopted by the committee, by which means larger premises

were engaged and fitted up for the reception of 300 children. In addition to the instruction imparted to them on the Sunday, they received lessons in writing and arithmetic during the course of the week ; and eventually, the committee were encouraged to engage a master and mistress, under whose superintendence the children were admitted to the full advantages of a free day school. But the progress and prosperity of the institution did not terminate there. From the rapid increase in the attendance, and the liberal support obtained from many Christian friends, a larger building was purchased in Hertford Place, at an expense of £1650 ; and there, from year to year, the blessings of a religious education have been imparted to at least 600 children, of whom not a few have risen to the high and honourable position of ministers and of missionaries, while the great majority have joined themselves in communion with the church of Christ, and shown the advantages of early training, by the blessed fruits of a useful and godly life.

These are interesting facts. Evidently it was a day of small things when the schools were first established. At that time none of all the young men who resolved, after prayer and conference with one another, to open a little Sunday school in a shed, meanly furnished, and of small dimensions, could have formed the faintest conception of the swift progress it would make, and the grand results to

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