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and also its own insufficiency. You heard, likewise, the argument from the 9th chapter of Hebrews-that Christ could not be offered without suffering, and that, as he does not suffer in the Mass, he cannot be offered in the Mass, and therefore the Mass is not a true, proper, and propitiatory sacrifice."

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Were I to give you an outline of every portion of the arguments employed on this subject, I should go on in this manner for a length of time, but the period which is allotted me for addressing you is rapidly expiring, and I must therefore forego any further summary. I can only earnestly request you to bear in mind what has been said, particularly the different passages of Holy Writ that have been adduced, which set before us the truth that Christ "by one oblation hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified." This text is a declaration which, in itself, is sufficiently strong on which to take our stand, and it has not been noticed on the other side. It not merely asserts the value of Christ's offering in general terms, but it tells you particularly, that, by that "one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified;" as the Apostle says in another passage, which I quoted yesterday, "Christ entered once into the Holies (i. e. into Heaven) having obtained eternal redemption." I asked the question before, and I ask it now again, What can a man want beyond ETERNAL REDEMPTION? and that inestimable blessing-that glorious result is said to be obtained by the one finished work of Immanuel, when he entered into Heaven," the holiest of all," and presented himself before his Father as the victorious surety of sinners.

In conclusion, then, I say, first of all-(and I do it in the exercise of that charity and faithfulness, which I have endeavoured to exhibit all through this Discussion, and which I would desire to manifest to the very close)-that, if these be the testimonies of the Bible respecting the great salvation of the Lord Jesus, it becomes us, who profess to be the Ministers of the Gospel-the heralds of salvation-to bethink ourselves on this momentous point-to "make full proof of our ministry"-to bear in mind the "woe" denounced against those who " preach not the gospel"-to examine our hearts diligently and faithfully, lest in any manner we should give even a practical denial to the complete redemption effected by CHRIST.

And to you, my hearers in general, I say, remember the

fearful consideration that my friend, Mr. Lyons, sought to impress upon you at the close of his last address. He told you, that the hearing of the truth made you either better or worse, and so it is. The Gospel never left any man as it found him; it either proved, as the Apostle says, "the savour of life unto life, or of death unto death," to his soul. The declaration of truth increases a man's privilege, and therefore places him under a far weightier responsibility than if such privilege was not his. Bear in mind, then, your present situation. You have had opportunity, during this week and the past, of coming to this place to hear those gentlemen on the one side, and my friend and myself on the other. We have put forth arguments on each side: we have endeavoured to substantiate our respective beliefs. Recollect, therefore, that of this, as of every other opportunity of discovering "the truth as it is in Jesus," you will have to give an account when you come to stand before the tribunal of the Most High. Some of you may imagine, perhaps, that it is pleasant to observe the conflict of argument, while you may not think of your own deep interest in the questions discussed; but I remind you that, not only should your intellects be exercised in the investigation of truth, but your hearts affected by its immense importance. Do not think we are disputing for victory-it is for truth we contend. Do not think we have been speaking about non-essential things, about matters of minor consequence -it has been said on the other side, and I repeat it now, that we have been talking about things that concern the salvation of the soul. Oh! then, exhibit that wisdom which becomes intelligent and immortal beings-show yourselves anxious about your best, your truest, your eternal interests-and seek the Lord, encouraged by the promise that those who seek "shall find him, when they search for him with all their hearts." Let there be no delay-no hesitation-no Felix-like postponement to 66 a more convenient season," that may never come. Remember the melancholy case that has occurred among yourselves, and take warning from this to flee before it be too late, to the refuge set before you in the Gospel-to look by faith to that ALMIGHTY SAVIOUR, who " TAKETH AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD," and who is THE END OF THE LAW FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS TO EVERY ONE THAT BELIEVETH."

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THE CHAIRMAN.

THE concluding words of the eloquent advocate, whom you have just heard, dissolves this meeting, and with the dissolution of the meeting my office is at an end.

As the individual who has occupied this Chair, a duty yet remains to be performed which I would not omit; but I will endeavour to trespass no longer on your attention than is absolutely necessary for its discharge.

In the first place, I would offer a humble tribute of admiration to the Gentlemen on either side of me, to whom we have listened with such unabated interest. I doubt not but that to you, Ladies and Gentlemen, as to myself, it has been a matter of astonishment, that, in such a sharp and lengthened collision of rugged thoughts and hard arguments, the combatants should have elicited the truth without wounding each other. If, in this arduous conflict, wounds have been received, I trust that, as professing Ministers of a meek and lowly Saviour, a balm will be sought for and applied whereby they can be healed.

Having thus ventured to offer a few words of commendation to the Rev. advocates generally, I would now beg to pay an acknowledgment to the Rev. Gentlemen on my left, in particular. I feel much pleasure in expressing to them, both for my friends and for myself, our sense of the courtesy, I may say kindness, with which they have treated us since the moment that we crossed the threshold of this College. They will allow me to say, that, although the religious differences which separate us be great, and they may never pass away, yet that there is one thing which will remain, and the memory of which we shall cherish and that is the recollection of their courtesy.

And now, Ladies and Gentlemen, permit me address a parting word to yourselves, a word, too, of merited commendation. The talents and the moderation of the Rev. and learned champions must have been exercised in vain -it would have been utterly in vain for them to have elicited the truth, if you had not extended to them a most patient and most attentive hearing. Not only, then, as Chairman of this meeting, have I to thank you in behalf of the cause itself, for which we have been assem

bled, for the manner in which you have performed your part in the task, and (considering how powerfully the feelings have been excited, and how painful it must have been so entirely to restrain them) the task was no easy one, I have to thank you for myself. I came to this Chair with no small degree of apprehension, lest I should compromise its dignity by some failure in the performance of its duties. But the harmony, the propriety of demeanour, and the peace, which have not been once interrupted during the whole period, have rendered my office a mere sinecure. Your conduct has covered all my deficiencies. In truth, I have been a mere regulator of time and, as it were, a pendulum vibrating between the conflicting parties on the right and left, and the only duty devolving on me seemed to be the care of regulating the vibrations with strict impartiality. Possibly it may be expected, that I should now advert to the Discussion itself, and attempt to lay before you a summary of the arguments. But this, assuredly, is no part of my office. I depose the balance before you-examine the scales yourselves-it is for you and for the Public, and not for me, to determine which scale preponderates. Were my private opinions of a ton or a talent weight, or lighter even than a feather, I should deem myself unworthy of the place I have occupied, were I to cast that feather into the scale. With these few words I take my leave. Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank you for your indulgence, and I humbly bid you farewell.

THE REV. E. TOTTENHAM :-Before any other step be taken, I beg to say, I rise with the greatest possible pleasure, on the part of the Reformation Society, to thank the Rev. Gentlemen on the other side, and the members of the College generally, for the use of this Chapel, and also for the extreme kindness and accommodation which have been afforded us during the whole Discussion.

On the motion of the Rev. F. EDGEWORTH, seconded by the Rev. T. J. BROWN, E. T. CAULFEILD, Esq. vacated the Chair, which was then occupied by DANIEl French, Esq.

Mr. EDGEWORTH said-I have great pleasure in expressing my own individual gratitude to the gentleman who has just left the Chair. I am sure the feeling, which from the first moment of the discussion to the present instant, I have cherished, has been fully participated in by every Lady and Gentleman, in reference to his conduct,

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