THE REV. DAVID McKEE.
;;Before;this, sketch reache^ts r readers, oae of the finest spirits? ohwehWreh, or our ccrtintr^eyer produced .ywill have set sail witH taiS^mily for NevrlZe^laßd.. Acting on tli^ybest medical advice, lie Ait. on his way to a more genial climate in the south, in the hope of finding there a new sphere of labor. It is due alike to Mr McKecV character and to our own feelings to pay some tribute to him-, now that he is fairly on'the deep. Many year? ago we remember hearing the. late Dr Edgar say that if the -Rew ■ iMiO^eeyorAhagl^ opportunity of a .city charge, he would; have had no equal in the church." The ( experiment, untried in the father's case, ; ' has been tried in the case of his gifted son, ; , and we have no hesitation in hazarding 1 the opinion that the Rev. David McKee, '■ who has just left us, leaves behind him rid equal, as a preacher and as a man, in the Piesbyte.rian Church in Ireland. .This may not perhaps be the popular judgment, for Mr McKee never regarded popularity as one of the graces of the Spirit, nor saw the necessity for cultivating it, but our judgment is riot the less 'likely to be the true One. This ".brightypirticular star," then, whom a merciful though mysterious. Providence is translating fiom our northern hemisphere, has vanished meanwhile from our sight; hut his destiny, we trust and j pray, is to shine • for mapy and many a \ year beneath the Southern Cross. Many ! a prayer will, w© are confident, be asy cending for the safety of the ship. A new link is about to be formed between ! the distant colony, for, which he has sailed, aud warm hearts he has left behind. There is" mystery about the Providence, and yet sufficient light to inspire the con"fident belief that many of our countrymen in the southern hemisphere will bless the * day on wmt'hthe. Rev, David McKee was.: compelled td emigrate to them. — Presbyterian' Churchman.
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