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the boys are sure to take in good part, | This little book may be read with inand which we hope they will not forget. terest and advantage. The subjects

The Teacher's Offering. (London : which are numerous, and wholly unconJackson, Walford, and Hodder.) This nected one with another-are all treated favourite little serial comes out in a new with great propriety of language, and, form, and we wish for it an increase of as we think, correctness of opinion; but the support it has so well earned and there is a want of that originality and obtained during the past.

depth of thought looked for especially in The Wearmouth Abbots: a Tale illus- such short dissertations, which should be trative of Saxon Christianity. By the weighty in proportion to their brevity; and author of "The Rationale of Justification we can hardly understand or justify the by Faith,” “The Philosophy of Evan- rather pretentious title given to the book. gelism,” &c.—The charm of this book Saturday Afternoons; or, Short Addresses consists greatly in the time to which it to a Class of Young Women. By a Lady. relates. We find no eventful or exciting - These simple teachings, concerning imtale, but are interested in any fresh illus- portant truth and Christian conduct, tration of the thoughts and ways of our originally written for a class which the Saxon ancestors, especially of those who author conducted, are now with advanwere connected with the Venerable Bede, tage offered to a wider circle of readers, and in reading the conversations with and will, we believe, be useful both to which this book superabounds (viewing those who seek to convey instruction in it as a story), we think once more, as we a similar way, and to those who, not 80 often have cause to think, of the simi- having this means of obtaining it, look larity, in many cases the uniformity of more to books than to friends as their theological thought and religious expe- teachers. By such as are really anxious rience in all the ages of Christianity. for religious knowledge, the book will be

The Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan valued, but by such only. It would ben Uzziel on the Pentateuch, with Frag- have been more generally attractive ments of the Jerusalem Targum from the had the style been more varied, and the Chaldee. By J. W. ETHERIDGE, M.A. graver teaching occasionally enlivened Genesis and Exodus. (London : Long- by illustration and anecdote. man.) It is no common service which Christian Lyrics, chiefly selected from Mr. Etheridge has rendered in the pub- Modern Authors. (London : Whittaker.) lication of this very valuable volume. -Among the numerous selections of To the unlearned, and the scholar too, sacred poetry which appear in our day, this translation will be welcome. The it is very rarely that we meet with one existing controversy about the Penta- of so high a class as the elegant little teuch, moreover, gives a special interest volume before us. To a few choice and importance to this useful book at specimens of those well-known hymns the present time. The version has been the sight of which is always welcomecarefully executed by the author, who is there are added many less familiar verses, a competent scholar for that purpose. which will be read with the greatest

Letters of William Cowper : being a pleasure for the first time; and few of Selection from his Correspondence, with a them, we may safely predict, will be read Sketch of his Life, and Biographical Notices once only. We are much indebted to the of his Correspondents. (Tract Society.) unknown editor for the very great taste Cowper once said to Thurlow, his fellow- and judgment shown in his work. clerk, “ Thurlow, I am nobody, and shall Don't say so; or, You may be mistaken. always be nobody, and you will be Lord A Story for Hard Times and All Times. Chancellor." True enough, Thurlow By the author of “Buy an Orange, Sir?” became Lord Chancellor, and was "some- (London: The Book Society.) This is a body" in his day; but who cares for that kind of publication which, when the ill-natured lord of the woolsack now? story is true to nature and agreeably When Cowper said he should always be written, never fails of usefulness. “ Don't nobody, he was a very false prophet. say so" is both. It describes the exThis edition of a “Selection from his perience of those who form its speakers, Letters" is well done. The biographical and actors, and sufferers, very accurately. sketches and the woodcuts are very We recognise its fidelity at once.

We good. By all means let our young have known a great many Woods and readers become familiar with “Cowper's Greens, and Godfreys and Bains, such as Letters." They are perfect of their kind. we meet with here; and the little chil

The True and Beautiful in Man's Spiri- dren, too, are dear old acquaintances of tual Experience. By the Rev. HENRY The author's descriptive ability Gill. (Jackson, Walford, and Hodder.) | is very respectable, and his style is pleasingly clear, but the best thing about | looks at “his greatness as a man, his the book is the impression it leaves on character as a Christian"-an anachrothe mind. That, after all, is the true nism, Mr. Chown, why not say a saint?test of any publication ; and, tried by it, “ and the manner in which God blessed this book has real merit.


him in acknowledgment and reward." Sunny Scenes; or, Recollections of Con- Under these heads, which are well anatinental Rambles among Men and Moun- lyzed, there are forcible remarks, and tains. (London: The Book Society, good illustrations, and we heartily comPaternoster Row.) A cheerful, readable mend young men to spend twopence on book; giving a vivacious account of a the book. visit, vid Rotterdam and the Rhine, to BOOKS FOR THE ROOM.-The Children's Switzerland. Many of our readers have Church at Home. By the Rev. J. probably gazed on the scenes and spots EDMONDS, D.D. Second Series. (Nelhere depicted, but will be pleased to look son, London.) The acceptableness of at them again, in the company of a clear- Dr. Edmonds's first series of services for eyed and intelligent tourist. We think, children at home will secure for this however, that in one or two passages, the second series a favourable reception. grave and the gay are in rather too close We have here lessons from the Old and juxtaposition. A little attention to this New Testament, hymns, prayers, and hint may be of service in a new edition. discourses. The subjects are well se

Stories of the Miracles. By F. W. lected, of a kind to interest children, and (London: Nisbet.) Fictitious illustra- handled with a lively power of illustrations of Scripture principles have their tion. use, but we much question the wisdom Lines left out. By the Author of of such fictitious amplifications of Scrip-“ Line upon Line.”.

(London : Hatchture narratives as these. When a num- ard.) No parent who ever read “Line ber of names and incidents, purely upon Line,” but must bless the authoress. imaginary, are interwoven with the beau- We have done so many a time in days of tiful stories of the New Testament, we yore. These “Lines left out” form an are afraid youthful readers may confound appendix and sequel to the original beauin their minds what the Evangelists tiful book. Our children are now too relate with authority, and what the old for such a present, but our children's writer of such a book as this adds from children shall have it. the stores of his own fancy. The litho- The Children's own Sunday Book. By graph plates are of a very inferior de- JULIA CORNER. New Edition. (Tegg, scription.

London.) A well-known book by an Daniel in Babylon: an Example to esteemed authoress, carefully revised. Young Men. By Rev. J. P. Chown. (The Book Society.)-Mr. Chown, of We have also received the following Bradford, is a man of much mental tales :- Boughton Grange. (Tract Society.) strength, and it is therefore simply Herbert Percy; or, from Christmas to natural that his mind should turn ad- Easter. By L. A. MONCRIEP. Arthur miringly to the magnificent Daniel. He Merton. By Mrs. WEBB.




THE BEY. ROBERT PANKS, LATE many of the sins and follies of those

around. After his usual morning attend

ance at the parish church, which constiThe subject of the following sketch tuted at this time the whole of his was born in the village of Wrentham, in religion, the Sabbath was given up to Suffolk, April 25th, 1820. He was de- recreation. It was, however, on such a prived of a mother's watchful care when Sabbath that it pleased God to reveal only two years old, and in the home of His Son to this young man. No powerful his childhood there appears to have been ministry, no human instrument was emlittle of pious example and influence to ployed, but the power and the sovereignty mould the character of the orphaned of Divine grace were strikingly illustrated boy. His earliest years, although, ac- in his conversion to God. When about cording to his own estimate in after the age of nineteen, after hearing the life," without God,” were free from accustomed moral essay, he had planned

for the evening the usual stroll of plea- | delight in the work which his soul loved. sure. Being detained at the house of But the great Master had destined him his companion, who was not ready for for higher service in the temple above. that appointed walk, he took up a book His sun was to go down at high noon; from the shelf-it was a copy of Watts' at a time when, by his experience of the Hymns. He opened at a hymn entitled past, by the consecration of his powers, “A hopeful youth falling short of then in their prime, and by the manly heaven,” commencing

vigour of his piety, he seemed more than

ever fitted for extensive usefulness. " Must all the charms of Nature then So hopeless to salvation prove?"

His decease was comparatively sudden.

Up to the 19th of January, 1862, he The whole hymn was strikingly applica- was able, with comfort to himself and ble to his own case, but the first verse with profit to his people, to fulfil the was the message from God to his soul. duties of his ministry. During his short The Sabbath's recreation was spoiled. illness he enjoyed much of the presence Day and night these words were upper- and support of his Redeemer. He said most. He was led to calm consideration, on one occasion to Mrs. Panks that when to deep conviction, to earnest prayer. he looked at himself he felt gloom and Finding the need of a truly gospel despondency, but when he looked to ministry he was induced to hear the Jesus he enjoyed happiness greater than Rev. J. George, in the neighbouring he had ever known before. Amidst his village of Cratfield, who soon became his last sufferings it appeared as if some chosen pastor, and who, after a time, delightful pre-taste of the glory to be received him into his family for a course revealed were granted to him. Though of study preparatory to the Christian language failed, the broken utterances ministry.

which were audible indicated the joy of Mr. Panks first offered his services to his spirit. He was heard to say, “ See the directors of the London Missionary the fruit of my, labours !"

« Such Society, who were, from the state of their grandeur !" and then, with an implorfunds at the time, unable to receive him ing look, “Don't keep me! Don't keep as a student. In 1842 he accordingly me!” The last words he uttered were, entered Homerton College, then under “ Crossing Jordan," and, after many the presidency of the venerable Dr. Pye hours of agonizing suffering, he passed Smith. Here,” says his reverend tutor, the dark river and stood on the other “he approved himself to be a man of side of the flood. His entrance into the humble and tender piety, amiable temper, higher life was on the 6th of February prudence, and good judgment, exemplary last, in the forty-second year of his age, demeanour, and diligent application to and the sixteenth of his ministry. His his studies, and honourable proficiency career was useful and honourable, though therein." This testimony correctly de- unobtrusive. He was emphatically, a lineates the excellencies for which he was good minister of Jesus Christ, and he remarkable through his whole ministry will live long in the affections of all who as well as during his college course. knew him, and especially in the hearts

His first pastorate was at Bridgewater, of many to whom he was made the mes. and commenced in October, 1846. Here senger of divine mercy. his ministry, during five years, was attended by manifest tokens of the divine approval. After being for some months The leaves keep falling from the great engaged in assisting the venerable Wil- tree of human life--our fathers' friends liam Jay, whose friendship he enjoyed, and the friends of our youth pass away, Mr. Panks removed to Truro, in Corn- and we rapidly advance into the foremost wall. Here he spent eight years of ranks of God's watchers and workers, usefulness and happiness amongst a the next to fall. people to whom he was devotedly at- The Rev. Ebenezer Morley, son of the tached, and who loved and valued him venerable Rev. John Morley, of Hullmost highly as their pastor and their who, after having been for more than half a friend. When in 1860 he saw it his duty century the minister of Hope-street Chapel to relinquish this sphere of labour, he -still survives in patriarchal years and left with the esteem and amidst the goodness, was born at Thorngumbald, in regrets, not only of his beloved church, Holderness, on the 20th of April, 1801. but of the whole town. After a season He never knew the mother that bare of comparative rest he became pastor of him; she was taken away in his infancy, the church of Cheadle, where, for about and he was destined to prove that the nine months, he laboured with increasing loving Father in heaven can be more to


us, and better nurture and protect us, | Bible, the Tract, and Jews' Societies, as than even a mother. But he was under also of the Evangelical Alliance. the watchful care and pious nurture of At length, family arrangements and his father-and “feared the Lord from his other causes led him to resign his charge, Fouth;” “ from a child he knew the and to fix his residence in London ; soon Scriptures, which were able to make him after which he accepted the pastorate of wise unto salvation.” From his earliest | Albany Chapel, Brentford, where he years therefore he was interested in the began to labour in July, 1853. He things of Christ's service. When a child became the secretary of the Auxiliary to he became a zealous collector for the the Bible Society, and also of the EvanLondon Missionary Society, and in early gelical Alliance, and was the means of youth he became a devoted Sabbath- re-establising the “South-West Midschool teacher. Indeed, a certain pre- dlesex Association of Congregational coeity characterized all his early years. Ministers and Churches.” Somewhat The preaching of his father having disappointed in his hopes at Brentford, matured the pious culture of the home, he resigned his pastorate, and directed he became a member of the church in his attention to West Brompton, where a Hope-street when he was sixteen years chapel was greatly needed, and where he of age; and about the same time began secured an eligible plot of ground, and to preach in the cottages of the poor, and erected a commodious building, ultiin the surrounding villages. His conse- | mately to be used as a schoolroom, but at cration to the work of the ministry seemed first as a chapel. This was opened for almost a matter of course, and when Divine worship on the 26th of February, eighteen years of age he became a student 1853. Here he laboured with great zeal at Cheshunt College. Before his college and delight, and a congregation was course was completed, he received an gradually gathered; a church was formed ; unanimous invitation to become the and a Christian Instruction Society organpastor of the Independent church at ized. His health, however, began rapidly Burlington, in Yorkshire, which he ac- to decline. Anxious to serve his Master cepted ; and entered upon his labours in to the last, he clung to his work as long the early part of 1823, being ordained on as possible; but at length he became the 19th of November in the same year. utterly unable to preach, and in July Here his ministry was very greatly last was compelled to relinquish his blessed, and many souls were converted charge over a kind and affectionate to God. He was abundant in labours. ! people, who had become to him very Besides two services at his own chapel,

dear. he took a third at the Quay Chapel every During his last illness, he several times Sunday, and was engaged in the sur- expressed the delight that he had realized rounding villages almost every night in in labouring in this part of the Master's the week. After having thus laboured for vineyard, even above his previous exseven years, he was for some months laid periences. Although his bodily sufferaside by illness. Meantime, his father- ings were very great, his mind was kept in-law, Mr. William Cobb, of Hull, in perfect peace; and so long as he was erected for him a new chapel in Holborn- able to articulate—and within a few street, Holderness-road, in that town; hours of death-he feared no evil, for and when his recovery was completed, God was with him. His translation came he relinquished his charge at Burlington, at last suddenly, and was unexpected by and with renewed vigour commenced his those around him; but he left them with ministry in this new sphere, December 1, a bright and blessed hope. They “sor1830 ; and there he continued to labour row not, as those who have no hope, for for upwards of twenty-two years. He them also who sleep in Jesus will God became one of the most active ministers bring with him.” of the town, taking a deep interest in all At midnight, on the 8th of August, the religious and benevolent institutions 1862, his spirit calmly took its flight, to connected with it. He was the means of join those who had gone before, in singing establishing British and Foreign schools in the song of the redeemed, and to be with the locality of his chapel ; and for a Christ for ever and ever. number of years was secretary to the He was interred in Abney Park "Society for the Religious Instruction of Cemetery on the 13th-a good man and Seamen,” and also to the “ East Riding a faithful servant of Jesus Christ. And Association of Congregational Ministers so the reapers are stricken down in the and Churches." He was a warm friend field; the builders fall from the scaffold ; and valuable helper of the London but the Master lives, and his work does Missionary, the British and Foreign not cease.


THE REV. F. MILLER, OF HOBART eight members, with which, at the time

of his death, 443 had been associated.

But, though the pastor of a church and THE Rev. F. Miller, of Hobart Town, congregation, he looked upon the colony Tasmania, died on the 13th of October at large as the field in which he was to last. He lingered much longer than his labour, and for this purpose traversed it, medical attendants anticipated, and suf- length and breadth, receiving everywhere fered much acute pain. He was “ kept and from every one a cordial welcome. in perfect peace” when he was fully And although Mr. Miller was a thorough conscious, and in his occasional wander. Congregationalist, refusing a personal ings indicated his "ruling passion" by gratuity from the Colonial Government alluding in pathetic terms to the state of which the late Sir G. Arthur had prohis church. He expired in his fifty- posed to confer upon him, and refunding seventh year, and was buried amid the the sum of £500 which the trustees of lamentations of his immediate friends, his chapel had against his wishes first and the manifestations of deep sympathy borrowed as a loan and afterwards acon the part of ministers and laymen of cepted as a gift from the Government, other denominations who followed him yet he was a man of most catholic spirit. to the grave. References were made on He strove to promote the spirit of love the following Sabbath to his removal by and union among all denominations, several ministers. In the pulpit where sometimes almost exceeding the limits to Mr. Miller preached for thirty years, the which his brethren could accompany Rev. J. Nisbet officiated in the morning, him. If he erred in this matter, it is selecting as his text Heb. xiii. 7, which where but few errors are committed, and suggested a subject suitable for the occa- although he could not realize all he sion; but the sermon designed as a desired, his efforts have caused his name funeral memorial was preached in the

to be venerated of all, and his spirit, now evening by the Rev. G. Clarke, from uplifted above all the littlenesses and Heb. iv. ii, in the Wesleyan chapel, meannesses of earth, will rejoice the more which, offering more accommodation, was

in the blissful regions of love and peace kindly lent for the occasion. More than whither it has sped. What he was, he 2,000 people were present, and some were was through Divine grace; and take him excluded for want of room, Thus has altogether-his piety, earnestness, devopassed away from us a true type of what tion, conscientiousness, catholicity- it every minister, in the colonies especially, will be long, ere we shall see his like ought to be. Mr. Miller arrived in Tas- again.-Patriot. mania in 1830, the first Congregational minister in Australasia, and he immediately devoted himself to his great work. Had his physical strength been at all in A handsome tablet has been placed in correspondence with his zeal, he would Upminster Chapel, to commemorate this have left a deeper and wider impression eminent servant of God, by his mourning of his presence and preaching than he has widow, containing the following inscripnow done. With the exception of the tion :-“Sacred to the memory of the first three or four years of his ministry, Rev. George Clayton, of Gaines-park, he had to contend with a state of exces- who for more than fifty years honourably sive nervousness, very painful often to sustained the office of pastor over the Inwitness, and which seemed to unfit him dependent church in York-street, Walfor the performance of his duties. Yet worth, discharging his duties with an he could never be idle. He worked him-untiring fidelity and Christian courtesy self, and he constrained others to work. which secured the warmest affection of a Very shortly after he reached the colony, numerous congregation, while at the he took measures to send for another same time every effort to spread the minister, that he might have one to co- Kingdom of Christ received the benefit operate with; and, as the population of his eloquent and earnest advocacy. increased, he induced the formation of a The latter years of his life were em. home missionary society, through which ployed in promoting the work of God in other labourers were introduced. He this village, and were honoured by many thus had the satisfaction of seeing the tokens of Divine favour. He was born work to which he had given himself the 9th of April, 1783, and peacefully expand, and of feeling that in case of his closed a life of holy devotedness on the decease, there would be left some to 14th of July,

1862, aged 79 years. carry it on. In 1832 a church was con- Where I am, there shall also my serstituted under his pastorate, consisting of vant be.'-John xii, 26."


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