14 MARCH 1840, Page 9

The Commission of the General Assembly of the Church of

Scotland net on the 4th instant, in the Tolhooth Church, Edinburgh. On Mr. Dunlop's !notion, it was resolved, after a sharp discussion, by a majority of 108 to Ii, to summon the suspended ministers of Strathbogie, and thFir clerk, to answer for their disobedience to the orders of the Com- motion. By another vote of 121 to 8, it was resolved to cite the Pres- bytery of St. Andrew's to appear before the next General Assembly, to prohibit the Presbytery from proceeding with the trials of Mr. George Cooke, presented to the parish of Kemback, and Mr. Cooke from pre- senting himself to undergo his trials. Dr. Chalmers spoke with much vehemence in support of this resolution. Mr. Candlish moved three resolutions protesting against the attempt of the civil courts to interfere With the jurisdiction of the Assembly, and declaring such interference to be contrary to the Word of Goa and the Standards of the Church. It Was resolved to present an address to the Queen, praying for immediate measures to protect the Church from the " unconstitutional interference of the Court of Session." These resolutions were adopted by 107 to 9.

The number of petitions presented to the House of Commons up to the 3rd of March, praying for an alteration in the present system of Church patronage in Scotland, was 353, the signatures to which amount to 132,332.