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respond with the Committee, and stood on the Society's list; and that, obtain their approbation of such since the commencement of the Incases, before they send up their stitution (1785) they had distributed ministers, or other persons, to col. , 257,996 Spelling - Books, 57,366 lect for them.' By attention to Testaments, and 7,566 Bibles to this regulation, many difficulties 2,996 schools, containing upwards' may be avoided. The Committee of 251,000 scholars; and, likewise, meet on the Wednesday after the the sum of 4,1701. 16s. 5d. for the third Lord's Day in every month. payment of such teachers as could Letters may be addressed to the not be obtained without pecuniary Rev. T. Hill, Homerton; or to the reward. -- Subscriptions, &c. are Rev. Charles Buck, Primrose Street, received by Messrs. Down, ThoraBishopsgate Street, London. ton, and Čo. Bartholomew Laze ;

Society for the support and Ene Drummond, Charing-cross ; and by couragement of Sunday-Schools:

the Secretary, Mr. T. Smith, 19, The Right Hon. Lord BARHAM,

Little Moorfields. President. - At a General half. Fast-DAY.-His Majesty has been yearly Meeting of the Society, held pleased to issue his Proclamation, Octs 12, the Committee reported, for the observation of Wednesday, That since the last Meeting, they Feb. 8, as a Day of Humiliation, have issued 8,100 Spelling-Books, Fasting, and Prayer. The preva1,485 Testaments, and 143 Bibles, lence of sin among ourselves, and for the use of 77 schools, containing the state of the world at large, renupwards of 5000 children, in ad. der such an appointment peculiarly dition to those which previously seasonable.


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THURSDAY, January 19, the following Cases of Widows were admitted : Denomina. Recommended

Denomine. Recommended Cases. tion. by Mr. L. || Cases tion. by Mr. L. M. W. Estab. Townsend, 5 | B. Baptist, Fuller, M. Presbyt. Waugh,

diito ditto E.C. ditto Burder,


ditto ditto Duncanson, 4 M.



4 H.



ditto ditto. ditto


diito Independ. Buok,

I s. D. ditto Hinton, ditto Hill,

E. E. 'dition Plait, ditto Fuller,

M. G. ditto

Roby, · ditto Simpson,

M. T. ditto Rrland, ditto

S. J. ditto ditto M. M. ditto ditto

5|| H. J. ditto ditto ditto Platt,

F. dilio

dilto B. ditto Bogue,

E. F.

Metoodisi, Wilks,
B. Baptist, Fuller,

C. ditto Platt, N. dito

ditto For many Cases which used to be relieved in January, no applications were made; which must be imputed to the negligence either of the Widows or their Patrons. We fear that such Cascs musi be deferred till the meeting of the Trustees in March. We are sorry for the delay; but the Committee could not vote the supplies, without knowing whether the Widows usually relieved are actually living, and need assistance or not.


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By Error misguided, and Trouble opprest,
To Reason's fair temple I hasten'd for rest.
Philosophy, friend to the sorrowful soul,
Who teaches us useless regret to controul,
There claim'd my attention, forbade me to grieve,
For evils repiping could never relieve.

Ah! cruel tormentor,' I quickly replied,
• Tlaat, that is the reason my sorrows abide :
Henceforward to me your vain counsel forbear;
Because grief is hopeless, I yield to despair !"
Then Useful Employment attempted to show, .
That constant contentment was her's to bestow.
I listen’d awhile, for she charm'd my distress ;
But Nature, when wearied, she never could bless ;
For then Recollection returns to its pain,
And Anguish instructs us our hope was in vain.
Distracted with doubt, yet still thinking to meet
The object I sought in this pleasing retreat,
I hasteu'd my footsteps, cm when, turning aside,
A figure, before unohserv'd, I espied.
With dignified manner and firmness of voice,
Grave Wisdom reproach'd me with foily of choice;
Directed my way to a temple more fair,
And told me Contentment dwelt certainly there.
The beautiful building, my steps to invite.
Seem'd fill'd with celestial iue trable light;
And the bright rays divine that mark'd out the road,
Induc'd me to enter the blissful abode.
The structure to HOLY RELIGION was rear'd, -
Repentance and Tailh at the altar appear d.
That moment Experience my feelings address'd:

'Tis only Religion can render you hless'd!
Subditied to her, let weak Reason remain,
And lovely Content in your bosum shall reign!'
Now deep disappointment involves not despair,
For God, a kind Gori, piakes his creatures his care,
Directs their distresses, in tenderness giv'A,
Since sancribed sorrow prepares thein for Heav'n!'

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WHEN fears alarm and doubts distress, My journey thro' a desert lies ;

And clouds obscure my glorious Sun, And can I hope with ease to run ?
Then with this wish my heart iinpress, Sure, I must strive to gain the prize,

Lord, not my will, but thine be done!' And cheerful say: • Thy will be Towards the heavenly land of Light,

done!' Thro' grace, I have my course be. Since Jesus is the pilgrim's Guide, yun;

And he for me such things hath won, Should trifies then my soul afright? How can I want for auglat beside ? No, Lord, let thy blest will be done ! No, Lord, thy blessed will be done!

My Lord upholds me hy the way,

He has for me the victory wod;
And now and ever will I say,

* IIis will, his blessed will be done! W.B.

Printed by G. AULD, Greville Street, London,

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By particular desire, we jnsert the following Memoir, wrltten by the Rev. Mr. Nicol, which appeared, a few years ago, in another periodical puh. lication (since discontinued); and which, having had a very limited circulation, reached but a small number of those persons, especially in North Britain, who justly prize the memory of Dr. Gillies.

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Dr. Gillies was the son of the Rev Mr. John Gillies, Mi. nister of Carriston, in the presbytery of Brechip, and of Mrs. Mary Watson, who was descended from a respectable family in Galloway. When a student in divinity, he was remarkable for excellent dispositions, learning, taste, and acquaintance with the best ancient and modern writers. His fondness for literary amusements continued through the whole of life ; but they were not allowed to encroach on his duties as a Cliristian, the head of a family, or a minister of the Gospel. He was successively tutor a the families of Brisbane of Brisbane, Macdowal of Castlesemple, and Lord Glasgow. The Doctor was ordained Minister of the College Church the 29th of July, 1742. For several years, besides delivering three discourses on the Sabbath, he gave lectures and serious exhortations three times in the week, to a. crowded audience, in his large church, wbich contains nearly two thousand people; he also, for some time, published a weekly paper, addressed to the consciences of his hearers. According to the laudable custom of the church of Scotland, the Doctor regularly visited and catechized his parish. He was remarkably attentive to the sick and dying of his charge. Soon after his ordination, he married Elizabeth, daughter of the Roy. Mr. MʻLaurin, who was one of the ministers of Glasgow, and author of the very excellent sermons which bear his name. Mrs. G. like her father, was blessed with a sweet and lively temper of mind;

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