Minutes and Letters of Sympathy.
Broughton Place United Presbyterian Church, Edinburgh.
Church Offices, 20th October 1890.
The Monthly Meeting of Session was held this
evening at 7.30, and was constituted by the Rev. John Smith,
Inter alia,—The Session having received
intimation of the death of Mr James Darling, agreed to place on
record their deep sense of the great loss sustained by them, in the
removal from their midst of one so energetic in labour for the
Master, and so generally beloved. They fondly recall the many
Christian graces which adorned the character of their departed
brother; his warm and self-sacrificing philanthropic spirit; his joy
in service, especially among the poor, the afflicted, and the young;
his strong sympathy with social reform; his eager usefulness in
evangelistic work; his readiness to undertake the most unwelcome
tasks for the good of the Church and the glory of Christ; and the
brotherliness of disposition which endeared him to all who were
associated with him in the oversight of the congregation. They
deeply sympathise with the bereaved widow and family, and pray that
they may receive the abundant consolation of Divine grace. The Clerk
was instructed to send excerpt of this minute to Mrs Darling and
family, with the kind regards and sympathy of the Session.
Extracted from Minutes of Session of Broughton
Alex. White, Session Clerk.
Broughton Place Band of Hope.
Meeting of Committee, 19th November 1890.
The Committee of the Band of Hope record with
deep regret the loss sustained through the death of Mr 'James
Darling, on 17th October.
Mr Darling was one of the founders of the Band of
Hope in Broughton Place, and it was meet that when it was formed he
should be elected one of its Vice-Presidents. In its progress he
took the warmest interest, and its success was no doubt helped
considerably by his hearty co-operation and support. The increasing
number of members from session to session seemed to cheer his heart:
and when it was found desirable to form a Senior Section, he
rejoiced in this new departure. His readiness to help in every way
available was most marked, and the recollection of his kindly smile
and cheery word will long be cherished by young and old alike.
The Committee recall with satisfaction the many
meetings in which he took part, but more especially the happy
occasion, two years ago, on which, with many friends, they
celebrated together his Jubilee as a total abstainer. In the removal
of Mr Darling, they feel that they have lost a friend indeed; and
his example, as an earnest and devoted worker in the total
abstinence cause, they trust will prove a stimulus and encouragement
They unite in expressing their deep sympathy with
the family, who have thus been bereaved,—and their prayer is, that
the God whom he delighted to serve may comfort and sustain them.
Carrubber's Close Mission.
Edinburgh, October 1890. Extract from Minutes.
By the departure from among us of Mr James
Darling, one of our Directors, a loss has fallen upon the Mission,
and upon the city, of no ordinary kind.
He was a man who was so singularly transparent
and unassuming, that he could without difficulty be "known and read
of all men." His faith was of that simple character which ensures
admission to the kingdom; while the lowly service which he was ever
ready to render to the least of Christ's brethren, was of that kind
which paves the way to true greatness in that kingdom. His
well-known figure will be greatly missed in evangelistic and other
meetings, where he seemed to charge himself with getting every one
comfortably seated, while he himself was content to stand or sit
down in some obscure corner.
Now he has received the call from the Master to
"Come up higher."
He manifested the most disinterested concern in
helping forward many enterprises with which he might be supposed to
have nothing to do, thereby exemplifying the manner in which might
be fulfilled the Apostle's exhortation, "Look not every man on his
own things, but every man also on the things of others." He made
himself the friend of all, and the servant of all. The practice
which he regularly observed of conducting family worship in his
Hotel drawing-room, and the manner in which that service was
performed by him, has made the visit to his house a memorable one to
many. One who had passed a night in the Hotel, alluding to this
practice, aptly remarked that Mr Darling truly "made room for Christ
in the inn." The Hotel was a kind of Christian club, to which
eminent Christian workers from all parts of our own and other lands
found their way. There many a "plan of campaign" against the
drink curse, and other forces of evil in the city, were devised. He
engaged the interest, the pecuniary support, and the active
co-operation of his visitors in aid of this Mission, the Drill Hall
Free Breakfast, and other religious agencies. The blessing to this
community which accompanied the addresses of those speakers who
lodged in his Hotel, and whom he introduced to various meetings in
the city, cannot possibly be estimated.
Servant of God, well done!
Rest from thy loved employ;
The battle fought, the victory won,
Enter thy Master's joy.
The following Resolution was unanimously passed at
the Gospel-Temperance Demonstration held in Carrubbers Close
Mission, on Saturday, 18th October 1890, and at which there was an
attendance of about fifteen hundred:—
"This Gospel-Temperance gathering, representing
friends of the Gospel and of Gospel-temperance, belonging to all
evangelical denominations in the city of Edinburgh, learns with deep
regret of the death of Mr James Darling, and desires to convey to
Mrs Darling and family the sincere expression of their sympathy with
them in their severe loss.
"This meeting recalls the great services Mr
Darling rendered to the cause of Christ and to the Temperance
Reformation, and further remembers the hearty and disinterested work
he has long accomplished in connection with the Carrubbers Close
Mission. Mr Darling's death is a severe loss to our Mission, and
will make a great blank in Christian circles in Edinburgh, where he
was universally respected and loved.
"It is a sad thought that never more on this side
of Time will his happy smile and devoted life be brought into
personal contact with the victims of our downgrade, who were his
special care; but the very recollection of what he was, will inspire
fresh hope and zeal in the hearts of his fellow-labourers who
remain, and who will feel his removal laying a special obligation
upon them to devote themselves more and more to the work he had so
much at heart."
Signed in name of meeting,
T. R. Marshall, President. G. A. Barclay,
Edinburgh Band of Hope Union.
5 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, 22nd October 1890.
Excerpt from the Minutes of Meeting of Directors
of the Edinburgh Band of Hope Union, held here on Tuesday, 21st
On this the first meeting of the Edinburgh Band
of Hope Union Directorate after the death of Mr James Darling, one
of their number, the Directors desire to place on record the high
esteem which they entertained for him, the sorrow with which they
have heard of his death, and the sympathy which they feel for his
Quiet, humble, and unostentatious, but earnest
and laborious, Mr Darling early threw himself into the Band of Hope
movement, bore it up in prayer, supported it by contributions, and
helped to carry it on by his personal exertions.
Never can his brother-workers forget him;
lovingly will they cherish the memory of his unwearied co-operation:
and long will they miss his kindly help, his wise advice, and his
W. G. Bruce, Secy.
Edinburgh Parochial Board.
Excerpt Minute of Monthly Meeting of the
Parochial Board of Edinburgh, held within the Board Room, 2 Forrest
Road, on Monday, the 20th October 1890.
William Officer, Esq., S.S.C., in the chair.
Inter alia,—The Chairman stated that it was
with deep regret he had to announce the death of one of their
number, Mr James Darling, who had been connected with them for the
past four years, during which time they had ample opportunity of
observing the earnest manner in which he advocated the interests of
the poor. He therefore moved that the Board record their
appreciation of Mr Darling's services to the parish, their deep
sense of the loss which they have sustained by his decease, and
their sympathy with his bereaved widow and family,— which was agreed
to, and the Inspector was instructed to send an excerpt of this
Minute to Mrs Darling.—A true excerpt.
G. Greig, Insp.
Edinburgh Total Abstinence Society.
Committee Rooms, 52 Nicolson Street Edinburgh. 21st October
May I be allowed, in the name of our Committee,
to convey to yourself and the members of the late Mr Darling's
family, their deep sympathy with you in your bereavement. Mr Darling
for many years was a real supporter of temperance work and our
Society, and as such his way-going has left another blank to fill up
with kindred devoted life. The past few weeks have been a harvesting
time of the old and tried heroes of the temperance movement, and it
is a blessed comfort to know that beyond the silent valley, and up
the sunny slopes of the mountain of the Lord, there can follow the
love of those who have been blessed by his example and strengthened
by his kindly aid. Accept our deepest sympathy and regard.
Your faithful Servant,
William Todd, Secy. Dr Darling.
Besides the above Minutes from Public Bodies, Mrs
Darling and Family have received nearly five hundred letters of
sympathy from friends in this and other countries, which they wish
gratefully to acknowledge. Only one of these can be given here,
along with a tribute of regard from the Servants at the Regent
Scottish Temperance League.
108 Hope Street, Glasgow, 31st October 1890.
Dear Mrs Darling,
It was with very deep regret that I received
intimation of the death of your dear
husband and my dear friend of thirty-four years' standing, and I was
very sorry that I could not be present at his funeral. I had a very
warm regard for Mr Darling. I first visited Dalkeith on the 4th of
September 1856—thirty-four years ago. I stayed in your hotel, and I
shall never forget the great kindness that I received from yourself
and him on that occasion. On the following day he spent some hours
in introducing me to all the members of the League in the town.
During the time that you were at St Andrews I stayed several times
in your hotel. I have often stayed with you since you came to
Edinburgh, and the kindness which I received from you at the first
has not only been sustained, but has abounded more and more. Mr
Darling was one of the best and most lovable of men. I look back
with a melancholy satisfaction upon the hours spent in his company,
and esteem it a great privilege to have enjoyed his friendship. I
thank God for all that he was as the head of his family, as the head
of his hotel, as a friend, as a temperance reformer, as a
philanthropist, as a Christian, as an office-bearer in the Christian
Church, and as a Christian worker.
He will be greatly missed in all these circles; I
shall miss him much; but he will be missed most of all at his own
fireside by you and your dear family, by whom he was best known and
most deeply loved. You have the
great consolation that the parting is not final,
but only for a little. He has only gone home by an earlier train,
and in due time we shall follow and meet him again to part no more.
Dear Mrs Darling, I hope that you and your dear
family will all be comforted and sustained under your great
bereavement by the hopes and consolations of the glorious Gospel. I
hope yourself and family are all keeping well.
With deepest sympathy and warm regards,
Dear Mrs DARLING,
Wm. Johnston, Secy.
From the Hotel Servants.
Regent Hotel, 11th April 1891.
Dear Mrs Darling,
Hearing that a memoir of your late esteemed
husband is about to be published, we, as representatives of your
servants, take this opportunity of paying our humble but sincere
tribute to his memory. We, more than most, have cause to lament his
death, for he was a master such as we are not likely to find again.
He made the welfare and happiness of his servants his especial care,
and though master he was ever ready to lend a helping hand. He was
no task-master, but rather a kind and sympathetic friend, who stood
to us in the relation of a parent rather than of a master. This was
especially the case when any of us were laid on beds of sickness. At
such a time his kindness and care were very acceptable to those who
were far removed from their own homes and parents.
When we gathered round the family altar all
distinctions were for the time abolished, and we felt that we were
worshipping God in deed and in truth. Many of us will never forget
the many lessons learned, and the many happy and hallowed hours
spent there. All the servants join us in expressing their sorrow at
your great loss, and in hoping that God will comfort you and all
Again we thank you all for all past kindnesses,
which we have ever appreciated.
We remain, Madam,
Your obedient Servants,
James Whitehead. John Macgregor.