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Obituary.

Died, of fever, on Thursday, the 13th April, Mr. Thomas Alison, Student in the Royal Belfast Institution. His remains were accompanied out of town, on Friday morning, by the Professors and Students of the College, as well as by the Clergymen of town; and the marked solemnity of deportment exhibited by all present, shewed the esteer in which he was held. By this melancholy and unexpected occurrence, the General Synod of Ulster has suffered a loss which will not be easily repaired. He had studied for four Sessions, and had almost completed his last, preparatory to bis being licensed to preach the Gospel, when, in the niysterious providence of God, he was cut off by a sudden stroke. We had looked forward to bis future usefulness with high hopes, and bad anticipated much public good from his labours; but our fond expectations have been blighted by the band of the Most High. The Lord's thoughts are not as our thoughts, nor his ways as our ways. He possessed intellectual powers of a high order, and a love of knowledge ever coveting loftier attainments. His mind was somewhat of a metaphysical cast, which led him to view subjects in a philosophic light. During his collegiate course he took most interest in Philosophy and Theology; and the numerous honours he received testified that he was no ordinary student. To the study of the Bible he bad directed bis attention with great diligence, from the time he joined the Divinity and Biblical Criticism classes, wbence he had acquired enlarged and correct views of many of the leading subjects in religion. Nor did he neglect the Greek and Hebrew languages, a knowledge of which he justly looked upon as essential to the right interpretation of the Holy Scriptures. His mind being thus embued with the most useful learning, he had determined to prosecute the same studies, with unceasing interest, during his life. But with all his literary attainments and desires, he

did not omit the cultivation of personal piety. Although accustomed to view reli. gious doctrines in an intellectual aspect, be felt the necessity of having the affections powerfully impressed, and the exercise of the highest feelings called forth in the service of God. His piety, however, was not of an ostentatious kind, -it shrunk from display, but it was uniform and consistent, running through all his actions, and regulating the general tenor of his

life. In all his plans for the future he looked forward to the general good of the Church,--to the spiritual welfare of the community, and to the removal of such abuses as appeared to require thorough reform. He bad formed high ideas of the qualifications of a clergyman, and often spoke in indignant terms of the unpreparedness of many to preach the everlasting Gospel, and of the careless manner in which not a few perform their pulpit ministrations. On all affairs connected with the General Synod of Ulster his views were correct; and we hoped ere long to see him advocate them with energy, and to carry them into effect. From his earliest infancy he was trained to serve his God, and notwithstanding many temptations to which he was exposed in his youth, the grace of the Lord accompanied bim, and taught him to look upward for help and encouragement in the time of need. From the natural amiability of his disposition, and the mild graces of his character, all his friends and acquaintances were inclined to esteem and to love him. To preach the unsearchable riches of Christ was his highest aim, and to ameliorate the condition of men around him, by promoting their eternal welfare, bis chief study. And although he deemed it bis present and most urgent duty, as a student, to acquire a store of knowledge on religious subjects, and to attain correct views of the various doctrines and duties of revelation, yet he was actively engaged in various ways in the Redeemer's service. In conversation he frequently threw out such suggestions, and hints, and cautions, as shewed that he was alive to the necessity of vital godliness in bimself, and to the everlasting happiness of those with whom he came into contact. We panegyrize not the dead, when we say that he was a young man who would have reflected honour on the religious body with which he was connected. We knew bim intimately. In his secret thoughts we largely participated. In his confidential communications we generally shared ; and we can truly say, that his babits of mind were such as would bave placed him in a conspicuous station among those who are able to appreciate genuine talent, sterling piety, and true friendship. We do not think that he would have sbone as a pulpit orator. He possessed not the vehemence of manner and the fluency of expression which characterize the popular speaker. But in the comprebension of his subject,-in the style of its illustration - in lucid ex. pression,-in correct description,-in chasteness of composition,-in the calm didactic tone of his discourses, and the high polish 10 which they would have been subjected, we doubt not but that he would have ranked high among the preachers belonging to the Synod of Ulster. These are more enduring qualities than the mere flash and glitter of words, which ordinarily pass away without much impression; and which, when committed to writing, lose all their attraction and exbibit their leanness. If, therefore, his fame bad not been great among the common people, as an orator who could control and sway the passions, it would have been of a lasting character among the intelligent and the learned. In training up men for beaven,-in imbuing them with a love of God and of bis word, few would bave excelled him. As a writer, he had acquired a style remarkably perspicuous, chaste, and accurate; and the Church would probably bave reaped more benefit from his services in this capacity, than she has done from the ephemeral speeches of many. It is to be regretted, that almost from the commencement of his illness bis mind was so affected that he could not converse on his prospects when laid on a sick bed, and leave a testimony behind him for the truth and efficacy of the Gospel, as able to support and console the spirit when hovering on the confines of an eternal world. Still the remark of John Newton is forcible,~"tell me not how a man died, but bow he lived." His life was a constant preparation for eternity; and though no expressions of triumphant faith were uttered, yet we doubt not that the Saviour whom he loved, irradiated his dying moments with the light of his countenance,—and though his departure was marked by no peculiar utterances of the joy that is unspeakable and full of glory, yet the Lord Jesus, whom he served from his youth, doubtless supported his soul by the secret aids of his grace, and ministered unto him an abundant entrance into bis everlasting kingdom.

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Lines TO THE MEMORY OF MR. THOMAS ALISON,

Student in the Royal Belfast Institution.

I saw him first when his cultured mind
Was furrowed by thought, of a higher kind
Than all that science could e'er attain,
In the loftiest heights of her wide domain,-
He drank from a fountain pure and high,
From the ballowed streams of Calvary.

On the towers of Zion he longed to stand,
To point the way to a better land:
But heaven decreed a holier spbere,–
And the chariot wheels are rolling near,-
And the rush of the horses is heard on high,
In their viewless fight to eternity!

A few short months, and he hoped to wield
The sword of truth on the battle field;
But now he stands in the armour bright
Úf the countless throng, all clad in white,
Whose harps and voices for ever raise
An anthem of high undying praise.

The flickering lamp of an earthly fame
Has changed to a brighter, holier Aame,-
And the midnight oil, with its feeble ray,
Now fades in the light of eternal day,
Where censers of gold, with odours sweet,
Burn ever before the mercy-seat!

Companions in thought with him who scanned
With you the map of another land,
O choose, like him, the nobler part, -'
The heavenly culture of the heart,-)

,
And drink, from the brook, that can supply,
Peace to the heart and jog to the eye.

While the classic flowers of Greece and Rome
All withered lie on his early tomb,
The Rose of Sharon will ever shed
Its perfume around bis lowly bed, -
And embalmed with love his sleep will be,
In the fragrance of immortality.

明,

NOTICE OF BOOKS.

Letters to the Author of an Article in the Edinburgh Review, on itself. We are thankful that God raises up men in the Church so qualified to uphold the faith once delivered to the saints. Mr. Carson has many times seasonably and successfully maintained the cause of truth and righteousness; and the present we regard as one of his bappiest efforts. It will be found profitable not merely as an exposure of error, but also as a concise and clear statement of several important and difficult doctrines.

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'Evangelical Preoching.By the Rev. A. CARSON, A. M., Tub. bermore. Fraser & Co., Edinburgh. WHAT a treat: A more complete humbling of a conceited philosophy we have seldom seen. . The reviewer takes upon him to criticise and condemn Evangelical Preaching. Mr. Carson demonstrates that he un. derstands neither what he says nor whereof he affirms. As a sound philosopher, be detects and exposes the sophistries of a mere pretender, Sure enough the wise man becomes a fool in his bands. Evangelical. doctrines are consistent with themselves and with the Scriptures; the theories of both Scottish and German Neology are weakness and folly'

NEW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, BALLYMA.

CARRETT.

Tots new and handsome. Church was opened for public worship on Sabbath, the 23d inst., by the Rev. Dr. Smyth, of Glasgow, under very favourable circumstances. The audience was very large,—the day most delightful,—the preacher truly engaging and edifying,--and the collection liberal. This house is the second that has been raised by a Committee, in Belfast, without any view to their own accommodation, but simply for the good of their Presbyterian brethren elsewhere. Their success has been great in Townsend-street, and tbey fondly anticipate that, under the Divine blessing, it will not be less in Ballymacarrett. The Christian public bave much encouraged them, by their liberał contribution of £160, at the opening of the Church; and better still, one hundred sittings were engaged before 11 o'clock the next morning. The house will accommodate 700 persons,.-it will yield a stipend, if all let, of £170, and the Committee have expressed their desire, that there should not be less promised to the minister than £150 a-year. As this Committee has hitherto acted so generously and successfully, it is hoped they will persevere in their labours. An applicatiou has been made to them, by the Presbyterians of Ligoniel, to aid them in the erection of their place of worship, and they have promised favourably to consider their case. We believe, however, that their principal object is the erection of a New House in York-street, Belfast, and we trust they will not relax their efforts until this most desirable object is gained.

Ordinations.

On Tuesday, the 28th March, the Presbytery of 'Tyrone ordained the Rev. Alex. Fleming to the pastoral charge of the First Presbyterian Congregation of Cookstown, as assistant and successor to the Rev. John Davison. The services of the day were conducted by the Rev. E. M. Dill, Rev. James Denham, Rev. Robert Allen, Rev. D. Bennett, and the Rev. Dr. Barnett.

On the 29th March, the Presbytery of Strabane ordained the Rev. Wm. Fleming to the Congregation of Pettigo. The services of the day were conducted by the Rev. A. P, Goudy, Rev. S. Armour, and the Rev. John Crocket.

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