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place with reluctance. For three night from P-, where Mr. C.-, hours they had been pent up in a our evangelist, and I have been conbadly-ventilated building, and yet ducting religious services, I feel conthey were dissatisfied with breaking strained to write you a brief note in up the meeting, as they styled it, reference to our efforts.
We an'so soon.' On the 16th, I preached nounced for a meeting in the Hall, on in C- Independent Church, -a Monday evening, and I am glad to noble building. The congregation say that it was full; there were was not large. I was greatly pleased people present of all denominations, with the deacons—men of merit and comprising the most respectable and men of prayer—and with the mem- influential inhabitants, and several bers. C- seems to be a fine field. ministers. It was a most blessed On Sunday evening a special service meeting, and, as the people seemed was held.
The attendance was nu- evidently to enjoy it, we thought it merous and it was a gracious season. proper to announce for a second In P—, and at C- I had good meeting of the same kind, to be held meetings, and I had much reason to in the same place again last evening be satisfied with my visit to those (Tuesday); and, without the slightest places. I feel very grateful for the effort on our part, by personal visitaassistance and co-operation of Messrs. tion or bills, the Hall was again as M’P, K, and M’L- The full as it was on the preceding one,latter gentleman is an agent of the I should say fuller, and the people Irish Evangelical Society, and is, I seemed deeply interested and deam confident, a great blessing in the lighted with the proceedings. The neighbourhood where he labours. meetings at D-, C-, and The remainder of the month was L-, have been equally successful. spent in labouring in C-n, C- This is the more gratifying, because L—, and B-Most gratefully
there are not, and, so far as I know, do I raise my Ebenezer, inscribirg on
there never have been, Independents it, “ Hitherto hath the Lord helped at any of these places, conducting me!”
meetings until now. I only wish you
could have been present at them, to All the agents of the Irish Evan- witness for yourself; you would have gelical Society conduct evangelistic been greatly cheered and stimulated. operations in the districts immediately The method we have adopted is one surrounding their central stations, in that God evidently blessing, and is different instances not fewer than opening up a most glorious field for from six to fifteen out-stations being the Irish Evangelical Society." regularly visited. Some of the breth
We have held two meetren, however, occasionally engage in ings in this place, and I am delighted such work on a more extensive scale. to say that they have been most One esteemed pastor, the Rev. Mr. encouraging. Last evening the atF-, has reported many most in- tendance was much larger than on teresting particulars of such special the preceding one, in fact, the place efforts, in which God had recently
was quite full. disposed him to engage. Some of “L
presents a fine field of these were conducted in company operation; there are here hundreds of with the excellent evangelist whose · Protestants' attending no particular narrative has just been given :- place of worship, and those who do
“ Having just returned late last attend places of worship are slum
of the service? Now is the time and the golden opportunity."
bering and sleeping. A very good foundation has already been laid here. What think you, in these times of spiritual death and bigotry, of having, as we had last evening, the missionHall full of earnest worshippers, who seemed sorry to go home at the close
Will not the friends of Jesus help this blessed work by their prayers and contributions, and thus accelerate Ireland's evangelisation ?
Golden Words for Busy People.
She mourned them all with patient love;
But, since, her eyes had shed Far bitterer tears than those which dewed
The faces of the dead. The child which had been spared to her,
her darling and her pride, The woful mother lived to wish that she
had also died.
THE WANT OF THE AGE. The great want of this age is men. Men who are not for sale. Men who are honest, sound from centre to cir. cumference, true to the heart's core. Men who will condemn wrong in friend or foe, in themselves as well as others. Men whose consciences are as steady as the needle to the pole. Men who will stand for the right, if the heavens totter and the earth reels. Men who can tell the truth, and look the world and the devil right in the eye.
Men that neither lag nor run.
Men that neither flag nor flinch. Men who can have courage without shouting to it. Men in whom the current of everlasting life runs still, deep, and strong. Men too large for sectarian bonds. Men who do not cry nor
cause their voices to be heard in the streets, but who will not fail nor be discouraged till judgment be set in the earth. Men who know their message and tell it. Men who know their places and fill them. Men who mind their own business. Men who will not lie. Men who are not too lazy to work, nor too proud to be poor. Men who are willing to eat what they have earned, and wear what they have paid for.—The Christian at Work.
THE UNBOLTED DOOR. An aged widow sat alone
Beside her narrow heartb; Her silent cottage never heard
The ringing langh of mirth. Six children once had sported there; but
now the churchyard snow Fell softly on five little graves that were
not long ago.
These little ones beneath the snow,
Not lost, but gone before, Faith taught her all was well with them,
And then the pang was o'er : But when she thought where Katie was,
she saw the city's glare, The painted mask of bitter joy which
Need gives Sin to wear. Without, the snow was thick and white,
No step had fallen there; Within, she sat beside the fire,
Each thought a silent prayerWhen suddenly, behind her seat, anwon
ted noise she heard, As though a hesitating hand the rustic
latch had stirred.
She turned, and there the wanderer
stood, With snow-flakes in her hair A faded woman, wild and worn, The ghost of something fair. And then upon the mother's cheek the
withered brow was laid“Can God and you forgive me all? for
I have sinned," she said.
The widow dropped upon her knees,
Before the fading fire,
THE INFIDEL AND THE QUAKER. A sceptical young collegian confronted an old Quaker with the statement that he did not believe in the Bible. Said the Quaker:
“ Does thee believe in France ?"
“Yes ; for though I have not seen it, I have seen others who have; besides, there is plenty of proof that such a country does exist."
“ Then thee will not believe anything thee or others has not seen ?"
“No; to be sure I won't."
“Ever see anybody that did ?”
The daughter kneeled beside her too,
tears streaming from her eyes, And prayed, "God help me to be good
to mother ere she dies." They did not talk about the sin,
The shame, the bitter woe,
And things of long ago.
and said, in tender tone,
when you were quite alone ?” “My child!” the widow said, and smiled,
A smile of love and pain,
And turn away again.
mother's love is true;
who died for you." CHRISTIAN WEIGHTS AND MEASURES.
A Christian bushel contains 332 cubic inches, and is filled brimful.
A Christian pound weighs sixteen ounces, and is at least evenly balanced.
A Christian yard is thirty-six inches, and is not shortened by the handling of the stick.
A Christian ton is 2,000 pounds, and is not roughly judged, but conscientiously weighed.
“ Does thee believe thee has
any y?" PROVERBS OF THE PEOPLE OF YORUBA
IN WEST AFRICA. Wrangling is the father of fighting.
Ashes fly back in the face of him who throws them.
He that would get honey from under a rock must not spare the edge of his axe.
A cutting word cannot be healed, though a wound may.
He who sees another's faults, and talks of them, covers his own with a potsherd.
The time may be very long, but a lie will be detected at last.
NOTICES OF NEW BOOKS. Lancashire: Its Puritanism and its Non- couraged in it, while it was persecuted
conformity. By ROBERT HALLEY, D.D. in other counties. In the reign of James Two Vols. London: Hodder and it had its own 'Book of Sports,' enforced Stoughton. Manchester : Tubbs and no where else; and in the time of his Brock.
son its own religious war distinct from, We have read these admirable volumes although simultaneous with, the great with interest and satisfaction, and hope religious war of the country. It had a to be able speedily to give our readers Presbyterian Church legally established some taste of the good things which within its boundaries, and a Congrethey contain. Meantime we commend gationalism unlike the Independency of them with all our heart. - More dis- the Eastern and Southern counties." tinctly than any other English county The systems which were in deadly con. (Dr. Halley says), Lancashire has a flict in the seventeenth century are religious history of its own. Its Non. described by Dr. Halley with a fairness conformity has been, in many respects, that is quite unchallengeable; the chaunlike the Nonconformity of the other racters of the men of all parties are parts of England. It has had, more discussed with great candour; and the than any other county, on the one hand, story of the wars of Lancashire is told a strong and determined Popish party ; with a vigour and vivaoity which give and, on the other, a powerful and zea- as the pleasant assurance that the ho. lous Puritan party. Under the govern. noured author's eye is not dimmed nor ment of Elizabeth, Paritanism was en. his natural force abated.
Discourses on Redemption.
By Rev. Stuart ROBINSON, D.D., lately Professor of Church Government and Pastoral Theology at Danville, Kentucky. Second Edition. Edinburgh:
T. & T. Clark. THERE are some sermons which may be appropriately placed under the head of
Light Literature;" but not those of this volume, to which we should like much to devote some pages of review. The author shall state his own idea of the pulpit and pulpit work. • Having,” he says, “through a ministry of twenty years, to congregatious variously composed, in four different cities, been ascustomed, in pursuance of the latter theory of preaching, to appropriate one of the public services of the Sabbath to showing the people how to read the Scriptures, and to follow the development of the ove great central thought of the Book through the successive eras of revelation-the author can testify from practical experience that the people need no other attraction to draw them to the house of God than a simple, rational, and practical exposition and illustration of the Bible. And he who may once attract them by such teaching will find no occasion for devising sermons on special subjects, or any other theatrical devices to draw men to the sanctuary. The author's first experience was in a congregation composed largely of the professional and public men that gather in the capital of a state ; his last experiment in a city of colleges and in a congregation composed in large measure of professional men and students in every stage of professional education; in two intervening experiments in commercial cities among business men. And his experience is, that with all classes alike, the preaching which aims most directly at making the Scriptures a living message from God to men, translating them into the current forms of thought and speech, is more permanently attractive than any other. Perhaps the most encouraging assurance he ever received that his labours were profitable to hearers, was in a recent testimony from the students of Arts, Law, Medicine, and Theology in the various institutions of learning in Toronto, which specially and very intelligently pointed out the benefits which they considered themselves to have received from the exposition of the Gospel in the order of the successive revelations, under the several covenants in the history of redemption."
The present volume, he goes on to tell us, is the result of an attempt to give permanent form, so far as oral instruction can be transferred to the printed page, to such outline specimens of the author's Biblical expositions in the several sections of the inspired Word, as might be suggestive to younger preachers in their attempts to develop the various parts of Scripture to the comprehension of the people, and at the same time be instructive to Christians, and inquirers, and other earnest persons troubled with doubts touching the inspiration or the doctrines of the Bible. To young preach. ers, especially, we commend with much earnestness the study of these “Dis. courses on Redemption.” Not that they are fitted for universal imitation, but because the study of them cannot fail to give larger and clearer views of the whole scheme of the Bible and its revelations, and to produce a deep impres. sion of the greatness of the preacher's work. The man who is ambitious to be master of the great theme with which he is entrusted, so far as that is within our reach, will find no small aid in the volume before us. It is scarcely worth while saying that we have met with occasional interpretations and opinions which we do not accept, and in which the author or we may be right or wrong. But we must tender our thanks to the Messrs. Clark for making us acquainted with Dr. Robinson's Discourses. The World of Anecdote : an Accumulation
of Facts, Incidents, and Illustrations, Historical and Biographical, from books and times, recent and remote. Ву EDWIN PAXTON Hood. No. I. London:
Hodder & Stoughton. This is the first of nine parts which are to constitute “ The World of Anecdote." It consists of eighty pages filled with illustrations of the “Ways and Means of Doing Good,” taken, for the most part, from recent books and times.
If the office of “ anecdote" is to amuse, these pages fail of their purpose ; but if it aims to quicken and stimulate, while it interests, Mr. Hood's labour will not be in vain. There is very much in the in. cidents recorded in this No. I. which makes the reader say—“I must go and do likewise." Bertie's Birthday Present ;
Rewarded. London : Religious Tract
Society. "This is an exceedingly nice story book all about silk-worms." Such is the
verdict of a young friend at our elbow, on whose judgment as to the “niceness” of a story book we can thoroughly rely. Gleanings for Mother's Meetings, Cottage
Readings, and District Visitors. Lon.
don: Religious Tract Society. This is a very good collection of short, simple papers, some of them in the narrative form and some true narratives. It is well adapted for the purpose which its title indicates. The Ups and Downs of an old Maid's Life.
London : Bell & Daldy. This is neither a novel nor an ordinary religious story book, but something that bears so many marks of a real autobiography, that we cannot help thinking that it is so. The book is wholesome and pleasant, there is considerable delicacy and finish in the description of character, and the tone is that of one who has brought a calm and loving spirit out of a varied and somewhat trying life discipline. Friendly Words with Fellow Pilgrims.
By Dr. KIMBALL, of Boston, United
ciety. This is one of the best books we have met with for the guidance of inquirers. It looks like the work of a man who has attained to a calm rest in God, through a wide and varied experience. It is marked by much clearness and fulness, and, what is rare in such books, a nice and delicate insight into the adaptation of the Gospel to the varied needs of the human spirit. The chapters entitled "Loving Jesus,” “Every Christian a Worker,” and “How to Save Souls,” we like particularly. The book may be very useful not only to beginners in the Christian life, but to those who, having long made a profession, are yet quite conscious of not having attained that inward rest which is the heritage of all believers. Bible Sea Pictures-Panoramic Series: Heroes and Martyrs of the British Re
formation. Twelve Cards in Colours.
London: Religious Tract Society. Both very good, useful, and interesting of their kind. Commentary on the Epistle to the Gala
tians. By John EADIE, D.D., LL.D.
Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark. DR. EADIE's name, as that of a Biblical scholar, is sufficiently well known to guarantee the patience, laboriousness, and learning expended upon this work.
The author says that he has “endeavoured to unite grammatical accuracy with some fulness of exegesis, giving, where it seemed necessary, a synopsis of discordant views, and showing their insufficiency, one-sidedness, ungrammatical basis, or want of harmony with the context; treating a doctrine historically, or throwing it into such a form as may remove objection, noticing now and then the views of Professor Jowett, and inter. spersing several separate essaysonimportant topics.” All this has been done, and done as might have been expected, with some success. And the work possesses that “individual character and value," which must always be the result of the “independent and unwearied investigation" of an able and scholarly man. Some may wonder indeed at the publi. cation of such a commentary on the heels of Professor Lightfoot's valuable work. But it must be remembered that Dr. Eadie was engaged on the Epistles of Paul long before Lightfoot was heard of, and has already published commentaries on Colossians, Ephesians, and Philippians. Moreover, the two works are so dissimilar in plan, that the one does not supersede the other. We should be sorry to want either. We are thankful to the Head of the Church for both, and see in the learning and spiritual enlightenment which distinguish their works, evidences of the abiding presence of Christ in and with His Church, better than are to be found in the boasted “successions” of bishops and the imaginary powers of priests. Sermons. By the Rev. John KER, D.D.
Fifth Edition. Edinburgh: Edmon.
ston & Douglas. It is a hopeful sign of the public taste, that these Sermons, by a man hitherto unknown, should already have attained the honour of the fifth edition, and should have won for their author the honour of a “D.D.” from the Edinburgh Uni. versity. We have already expressed our high appreciation of the volume, and feel it a pleasure and duty to repeat our verdict. You have here no gaudy rhetoric, no laboured gatherings of figures and illustrations, no affectation of origi. nalities and novelties, no climbing up to sublimities which are sublime only because they are in the clouds. Every page is the utterance of a mind which is full and well furnished, which is thoughtful and well disciplined, which is original in the best sense, and whose power is manifested not in storm and thunder,