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THE REV. HENRY GREY, D.D.,
MINISTER OF FREE ST. MARY'S, EDINBURGH,
EDINBURGH; AND NEW YORK.
Congregation of Free St Mary's,
With the Elders and Deacons, and to Friends at large, to whom I
formerly stood in the Pastoral Relation.
MY DEAR FRIENDS,-Many signs admonish me that the time of our separation is at hand. Our Sabbath seasons, our times of Holy Communion, with the varied and endearing intercourse of common life, long enjoyed, will erelong be spoken of among things that are past. In this view a wish dwells in my heart to leave with you some memorial of these times and of the ties which Providence formed betwixt us; casting our lot, first as contemporaries, then as fellow-travellers through different periods of life's journey, and finally, giving to our connexion a sacred and important bearing on the life that lies beyond.
I have reason to think with joy of many with whom I have been so associated: some whom I shall rejoice to leave carrying out their term of service here below, while a far greater number have preceded me, called at different stages from the ranks : and, lingering among the last, my office of late years has often been to watch over, to part with, and to follow to the grave, those who were a while ago our fellowworshippers, but have already entered into their rest.
It is not, therefore, with the friends of my youth that I now leave tokens of remembrance, for these are already gone, or are preparing, like myself, for an early departure. But as