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Bible; and remarking that they might | ax is, was he what we call a parson? For as well take a compass into the pulpit.' if so, he was not like any that ever I By the time Ned came to the thirty-third know'd of.' • In what way?' asked Terse, the men were eager to hear the Lamont. . Because the most of them end of the story. . And while the day chaps I have sailed with, I'm blest if was coming on, Paul besought them all they weren't fine gentlemen, rigged out to take meat, saying, This day is the with black coats that could not stand salt fourteenth day that ye have tarried and water and the ship's company. Now continued fasting, having taken nothing. that man was all alive, I say, and fit for Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: a quarter-deck,' What do you mean?' for this is for your health : for there shall said Lamont. “I meant as how he got Lot a hair fall from the head of any of rations served out to all hands, for'ard you. And when he had thus spoken, he as well as aft, like a man, and kept a took bread, and gave thanks to God in bright look-out for the crew, and for the the presence of them all: and when he passengers and sogers. And what I say had broken it, he began to eat. Then were is this, that he was an outer-and-outer! they all of good cheer, and they also took A right good fellow he must have been, some meat. And we were in all in the when the sea was a washing over that old ship two hundred threescore and sixteen tub in a gale of wind before break of day, souls. And when they had eaten enough, on a lee-shore, for him to rise up in that they lightened the ship, and cast out the turmendous crowd of passengers, and to wheat into the sea.' Wilson observed, say grace as peaceful as if he was in a *Well, I'm glad I was not on board of church; I say he was a tip-topper, and her. It must have been a wild job, with no mistake; and a man I'd hear preach, I a leaky ship, a cargo of wheat-shifting would. Go on, Ned, I want to hear how too, no doubt-and two hundred and they got along. It's first-rate.' •Well,' leventy-six souls on board, and she riding said Ned, if you would listen to his by four anchors off a lee-shore in a preaching, I can read you many of his Levanter! Now, Fleming, as you are sermons, for there are many of them up to the Bible, tell me, was that man here.'' Paul a regular parson' He was a holy
This is capital. We could say and apostle, Wilson,' replied Fleming. That is a parson, is it continued Wilson. quote much more of a like kind, but time • In course he was,' said Lamont. Pity and space forbid ; and we can only add, me, Wilson, ye surely hae heard o' the that this is one of the healthiest works of Apostle Paul?' Perhaps I have, as fiction we have ever met with. well as you,' said Wilson; but what I
Brief Notices of Books.
The Gentile and the Jew in the Courts of | in old heathendom is discovered which the Temple of Christ: an Introduction to turns out to be “an unconscious prothe History of Christianity. From the phecy of Christianity." Perhaps of late German of J. J. 1. Dollinger, by n. the tide has set in too strongly in that DAENELL, M.A. 2 Vols. (London: direction. Where it is so, the “ Gentile Longman.)- It is curious to observe the and the Jew” will act as a corrective. changes that from time to time come over Here we have the darker side again the spirit of historical inquiry. Some uppermost. Heathen philosophy and time ago, in presenting the moral and religion are pourtrayed in gloomy but religious aspect of the teachings and truthful colours. We do not believe habits of the ancients, it was common to that either Dr. Dollinger or writers of find only one unmitigated spectacle of another school tell all the truth. If the ignorance, folly, vice, and crime. The pagan world had been only what he results so presented were employed for describes, it could not have existed as it controversial purposes in the warfare did. If had been only what others against deists. Of late a different temper describe, it is difficult to see how the has been exhibited in the treatment of description of it in the Bible could be fair, the old pagan world. Gleams of light To use a simile of Simeon's, the truth are recognised amidst the darkness - will not be obtained by keeping fixed to words of wisdom are found besides false- a golden mean, as it is called, but by hoods and barren speculations. Much oscillating-not vacillating-pendulum
like between the two extremes, touching though no one can write more impartially not one alone but both. There was much than Mr. Venn, and do more justice to that was very bad in the old world, and the real virtues and excellences which something very good. For the bad study the “saint” possessed. We earnestly Dollinger. It is a book wonderful for its recommend the volume to all students of learning. In modern times we have had missionary history. nothing like it. And besides, its style Aphorisms of the Wise and Good. Illuand manner are so flowing and agreeable, minated by Samuel Stanesby. (London: that the most common reader can get on Griffith and Farren). - A number of smoothly and pleasantly from page to short, pithy sayings, are here collected page, finding a great enjoyment in this and arranged with judgment and taste. most erudite of treatises. The philoso- Each one contains a condensation of pracphical acumen is not on a par with the tical wisdom better than rubies. But we stores of knowledge. There is a want of are afraid the form will be more thought systematic treatment of the development of than the substance. The “getting of great principles. The onesidedness of up" of the book is very attractive. It the book, too, is against it. Occasionally is a good specimen of printing in colours also--though seldom-the Roman Catho- and gold—which, while it lacks the lic peeps out. But, on the whole, it is a richness, lustre, and delicate grace of work which every student ought care- original illuminations by the fingers of fully to read, and if possible possess. the cunning artist, is by no means a bad
The Mission Pastor : Memorials of the imitation. The title-page is the least Rev. Thomas Boaz, LL.D., Twenty-four beautiful part, and the portrait of Milton years Missionary in Calcutta. By his has a heavy look. But all the borders Widow. Edited by his Brother-in-law. are chastely designed, and produce a (London : John Snow.)—Well did Dr. pleasing effect as you turn over the leaves. Boaz deserve such a tribute to his memory The binding is very tasteful, and the as the hand of love has reared in this book makes a fitting ornament for the volume. It is a very valuable addition table. to the library of mission literature Patience Hart's First Experience in which has been steadily growing during Service. By Mrs. SEWELL, author of the last thirty years, and the friends of " Homely Ballads," “ Mother's Last missions will peruse it with the peculiar Words," "Our Father's Love," etc. interest which attaches to the foreign The Children of Summerbrook : Scenes field of Christian evangelization, Dr. of Village Life, described in Simple Verse. Boaz was a devout, earnest, indefatigable, By Mrs. Sewell. influential man, whom we were sorry to A remarkable power is possessed by lose at the comparatively early age of this author of interesting readers of the fifty-five; but his real worth and the class for whom she writes ; and as the extent of his labours, wherein he suc. influence of her books is always good, we ceeded and wherein he failed, are not most heartily rejoice both in their appearknown as they should be. These “Memo- ance and in their wide circulation. The rials" happily supply the information, prose work before us, containing a young and many will avail themselves of it, and servant's experience, as narrated in letters find that Dr. Boaz was no ordinary man. to her mother, is written in a very lively
The Missionary Life and Labours of and attractive manner, and affords many Francis Xavier, taken from his own Corre-judicious hints for those who are placed spondence. By H. Venn, B.D., Preben- in similar circumstances. dary of St. Paul's. (London: Longman.) Jesus Calls Thee. By Rev. S. Martin, This volume is the result of a good deal (The Book Society.) --In anything that of painstaking research, and is executed has room for the pathetic, Mt. Martin altogether in a workmanlike way. Mr. invariably excels. The cry of poor BartiVenn has gone direct to the original mæus, whom the people told to “be documents, on which alone a true life of quiet,” reached the ears of the Master, the great missionary can be founded; who graciously commanded the suppliant and therefore, instead of wearying us out to be brought to him. The people seeing by more than thrice-told stories and this, change their voices, and shout, stupid platitudes, he really increases our · Rise, He calleth thee !" Upon this information, and suggests more correct Mr. Martin lays his skilled finger, and conclusions as to Xavier's life and labours. manipulates a thing of beauty. To every The common veneration for this remark-class, condition, and age he addresses a able man will be considerably diminished few fervent words, with a "Rise, He by this truthful narrative. The lustre calleth Thee !" of his name will be somewhat dimmed, Pastor Gossner, his Life, Labours,
and Persecutions. By the Rev. Dr. / ginal, and certainly this book takes new PROCHVOW, Berlin. With Preface ground ; but there is an air of ambition and Introductory Chapter by Mrs. and pedantry about it by no means to WEITBRECHT.–This is a remarkable nar- our taste. Besides, a scientific basis for rative of a long life passed in doing good, a question of church government can under many disadvantages, _but ap- never be satisfactory. We all underparently with great success. By earnest stand the unity in diversity which chaand eloquent preaching, by instituting racterizes the material works of God, and home charities, and organizing or assist- the analogy which may easily be traced ing in missions abroad, Gossner seems to in mind ; but if the church be a divine kave laboured for his fellow-men with institution, its laws must be sought, not unusual faith and zeal. We find him among distant stars, but in the pages first a Roman Catholic, then a Protestant, of the New Testament. It may be true but always an Evangelical and earnest that “this world in which we live, with Christian. His name is not very gene- its teeming population, great and small, rally known in this country. The reader affects not only other worlds by the force will, perhaps, be surprised to find that of gravitation, but the inhabitants of the such great things were done by a man of most distant star on the confines of the whom he had very probably never heard universe, by means of the disturbance before.
caused by voluntary action in the great Independency: a Deduction from the ocean of electric force, in which all worlds Laws of the Universe. By Evan Lewis, move and by which all beings are afB.A., F.R.G.S., F.E.S. (London : fected.” But whether true or not, this Stock.)-One likes to see something ori- | matters nothing to the question.
Our Letter-Bor. To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine. Then, too, a noble tribute has been
DEAR SIR, - Will you allow me a brief paid during this year to the memory of space in your Magazine to call the atten. the sainted dead. tion of your readers to the
Bicentenary Of course, so long as their writings Celebration,” which during the past year remained, they never could have been has been conducted.
forgotten by us; but their history, and On the 16th of January, 1863, the first especially their noble conscientiousness, of the three years, over which it was might have been partially so. arranged subscriptions should extend, These, however, have been afresh will have closed ; and it is therefore rescued from oblivion, and forcibly preappropriate, in prospect of that date, that sented, as the great central fact of the a review should be taken of past action period celebrated--the great example we in reference to future progress.
are called to imitate. We have felt In taking such a retrospect many parti- more than ever that culars occur. Let me notice a few of them.
“Our fathers were right-minded men, No one, I think, can have marked the
Who nobly kept the faith;' doings and sayings of the past year of celebration, without acknowledging that and that, whatever their imperfections, a great amount of earnestness has been they paid homage to the great regal called forth in reference to the subjects power of the soul, and “reverenced their under discussion. It may with some be conscience as their king." a question, how far that earnestness It has been something to hold up this has been pure, high-minded, or wisely fact this year, and to illustrate it by such directed; but of its existence none can noble examples. Instances of the oppodoubt. On either side the controversy, site, spirit and conduct are rife among us, earnest minds have prompted earnest and seem multiplying. It is believed lips and pens, and the thoughtful part of that on thousands of minds the dethe community has been stirred up to a moralizing effect of these has been spirit of inquiry, both as to facts and checked, and the spirit of conscientiousprinciples, which otherwise would not ness braced, by the discussions and have existed.
instructions of the year. This, in itself, is no small benefit. Instructions ! and this suggests another Anything is better than stagnation; and result. The extent to which information though in this age in which we live has been diffused on our national and there may be little danger of this on ecclesiastical history. Of course the some subjects, there is on others, and leading facts of this history were known those the most vital and important. previously, but it is not too much to say,
that the minds of multitudes, both young It has, however, been raised ; and it is and old, ministers and laymen, are better surely a noble testimony, alike to the furnished on these subjects now than power of the voluntary principle, and to almost ever before.
the compatibility of independent action Our “spiritual heroes," and "the with systematic and united organization. times of the Stuart dynasty,” are more But I must not trespass longer on your familiar to us than, but for this year's space. Let me in conclusion say a word teaching, they would perhaps ever have to those who have not contributed and to been; and it will be our shame and loss those who have. if we again allow them to be forgotten. To those who, sympathizing with our
It surely is a further valuable result of celebration, have not yet given, the prethe year's celebration, that the great sent affords a fitting opportunity to principles of our nonconformity have do so. been so ably expounded and vindicated. The list for the first year closes on the It is true that in connexion with such | 16th January. Before that time, let all vindication, some irritation has been who intend to contribute send in their occasioned, and even animosity enkindled names and amounts. It is surely well in the minds of those who differ from us. that all should unite in the effort ; that it This we regret, nor does any one justify should be practically seen we are at one all that in the heat of controversy has with our brethren ; that the reproach been spoken or printed. Making allow- which some cast upon Congregationalism, ance for all this, however, who but must that it lacks the power of united action, rejoice that our principles, as English should be removed ; and that a memorial Nonconformists - principles which we should be raised bearing some adequate believe lie at the base of all national proportion to the spirit of self-denial greatnesss, and which are every day and sacrifice which those we celebrate becoming better understood-should have evinced. received so great an impulse during the If each will do something, the present past year, and been so forcibly illustrated. amount might easily be augmented to at If those principles are worth anything, least £200,000. Why not a quarter of a they are worth exposition and enforce- million ? ment on all fitting occasions, and such an To those who have contributed, let an occasion the past year has most appro- appeal be made for the exercise of great priately furnished.
circumspection in the appropriation of Then we cannot overlook the noble their gifts. liberality which has been evoked. The To avoid occasion of suspicion, and to past year, as we all know, has been one “provide things honest in the sight of all of peculiar pressure, a pressure as mag- men,” the committee will feel it their nanimously borne as magnificently re- duty, to the utmost extent possible, to lieved ; yet it has been during this year verify the payment of all promised donathe £152,000 have been raised by the tions. Congregational body, as a thank-offering Such a desire on their part cannot fail to God for the liberties they enjoy, and as to meet with general approval. To acan expression of their admiration of those complish it, however, will require vigithrough whose sufferings they were won. lance and skill : care on the one hand
This fund has been, or will be, appro- not to offend by over scrutiny; on the priated to the erection of a Memorial Hall other, not to yield to mere assumption in London, chapel building, British mis- and laxity. sions, education, pastoral aid, the removal Some kind of receipt or certificate from of chapel debts, religious publications, each local treasurer or recipient of money and other denominational objects selected is desirable, and would meet alike the by the donors ; the contributions in all difficulty and necessity. cases being reported to the committee as One word for the committee itself. So " special and extra."
thoroughly have donors kept control It may be well to observe, however, over their own contributions, that barely that this sum has not passed through the enough passes through its hands to defray hands of the committee; on the contrary, current expenses ; and it is a fact which they have scarcely seen a fraction of it, should be known, that the larger proporand no fear need be entertained, therefore, tion of these expenses (which, including of any centralized pecuniary power; they printing, advertising, and agency are not have simply been the instruments in help- small), have been borne by members of ing to raise it, and in suggesting its appli- the committee themselves. cation ; its appropriation in each case I venture to suggest that a proportion being left to individual donors.
in each case of their respective contribu
tions should be appropriated by donors space, and thanking you for your valuable to the General Expenses Fund.
advocacy during the year, The committee has been, and is, the I am, dear Sir, yours most truly, spring of the entire movement; and
JOSIAH Viney. possessing as it does the confidence of all Highgate, 15th Dec. concerned, it is only for want of thought P.S. My esteemed friend, the Rev. John that more abundant means have not been Corbin, the honorary and indefatigable placed at its disposal. A word to the secretary of the committee, will be glad wise is enough.
to afford any information, or to receive Apologizing for this intrusion on your any remittances.
Diary of the Churches. The next Half-yearly Meeting of the Trustees will be held at the Guildhall Coffee House, on Tuesday, January 20th, at Half-past Twelve o'clock.
The Auditors will meet at Twelve.
Nov. 11.-Glamorganshire. The Asso- Carlisle, B. A., gave an address ; the Rev. ciation of Congregational Ministers for R. Robinson proposed the usual questions, this and the adjoining counties held its and offered the designation praver; the meetings at the Market-square Chapel, Rev. T. Adkins delivered the charge, and Merthyr. The Rev. J. Rees read a paper the Rev. J. Woodwark preached to the on the “* Pilgrim Fathers;” the Revs. W. people in the evening. Jones, J. Waite, B.A., W. J. Ford, J. E. Nov. 26.--Heywood. Sermons were Evans, J. James, J. G. Parish, B.A., D. preached in connexion with the recog. M. Jenkins, and J. T. Davis, M.A., took nition of the Rev. T. Slade Jones as pastor part in the discussions. Two sermons of the Church in York-street, by the Rev. were preached in the evening.
J. Palding, D.D. On the following day Nov. 17.- Coventry. A meeting was the recognition service took place. The held in St. Mary's Hall, to bid farewell Rev. W. H. Parkinson delivered the into the Rev. W. T. Rosevear, and to troductory address; the Rev. Professor present him with a gold watch and a
C. C. Tyte offered the recognition prayer; purse of money. The Revs. W. Shillito, and the Rev. Dr. Falding delivered the G. B. Johnson, J.J. Brown, C. Vince, T. charge. In the evening a meeting was A. Binns, and many other ministers were held, the Revs. J. H. Ouston, J. R. present. The Rev. E. H. Delf occupied Thompson, G. Snashall, B.A., R. Dawthe chair,
son, B. A., G. Shaw, and E. Dawson, Esq., Nov. 19.-Bingley. A new Indepen- J. P., speaking on the occasion. dent Sunday-school was opened in this Nov. 30.-Beverley. The Independent place. A public meeting was held, W. Chapel here was re-opened, after having Murgatroyd, Esq., J.P., in the chair. undergone extensive alterations, when Addresses were delivered by the Revs.
sermons were preached by the Rev. G. J. R. Campbell, D.D., J. P. Chown, Richards.
On the following evening J. Ward, and H. Brown and E. Ke on, the Rev. H. Ollerenshaw preached ; and Esqs. The entire outlay has been £663. the next day the Rev. G. Richards was
Nov. 25.-Skipton. The Rev. T. publicly recognised as pastor. The Windsor, of Manchester College, was Rev. R. A. Redford, LL.B., gave the ordained pastor of the Church in Zion introductory discourse; the Rev. J. Chapel. The Rev. J. B. Lister read the Sibree asked the usual questions, and Scriptures and offered prayer; the Rev. offered the recognition prayer; the Rev. A. Thomson, M.A., delivered the intro- E. Jukes preached to the people ; and the ductory discourse ; the Rev. R. Gibbs, Rev. J. Dickinson concluded with prayer. late pastor, asked the usual questions; Dec. 1.-Petersfield, Hants. A meetthe Rev. J. Tastersfield offered the ordi- ing was held to take leave of the pastor, nation prayer; and the Rev. Professor the Rev. James Duthie, and to present Newth gare the charge. In the evening him with a purse of gold as a testimonial the Rev. E. R. Conder, A.M., preached, of affection. Mr. R. H. Jackson took and Rev. Professor Creak conducted the the chair, and the meeting was addressed devotional exercises.
by the Rev. H. Kiddle and Messrs. Nov. 26.-Totton, Hampshire, The Holder, Calvert, and James. Rev. J. Sherratt was ordained pastor of Dec. 2.— The Sussex Home Missionary the Independent Church. The Rev. R. Society. The annual meeting of this Compton opened the service; the Rev. H. society was held at London-road Chapel,