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their lives estranged from Him. Some asked who Christ was, having apparently never heard of Him before ; and others feared that their day of salvation was past. Now, you could not imagine a greater contrast than that between good Elizabeth Fry, and those wicked, wicked women, whom she was trying to reclaim in Newgate. But had you seen them all when they were little smiling infants, you could not have foretold the difference, and said of one of them, that she would be, in after years, as a very angel of God, and of the others, that they would be as fiends on earth.
Nor must we ascribe such differences as these altogether to circumstances. There were, perhaps, among these wretched women in Newgate, persons who, when children, were placed in cir. cumstances as favourable as those of Elizabeth Fry in the house of her father, John Gurney, the Quaker banker of Norwich. I knew a family in which there were two sons brought up together by the same Christian parents and amid the same favourable influences. One of these sons lived to be a terror as well as a disgrace to his family, lifted his hand to his own mother, and died while an exile from home, under sentence of law. The other became both a Christian and a scholar of the highest order, won the admiration of University professors, and died amidst the tears of those who loved him and who
hoped that he might live a long life to bless the world. This difference was hidden among the possibilities of the future, and could not have been foreseen when these two children were nursed on the same lap, and taught to bend their infant knees in prayer beside the same mother.
My dear young friends, this is a sad sort of subject, and seems to have no element of pleasure in it. But it has. And it is this—that whatever be your circumstances, each of you may attain to a life of beauty and of blessedness. It may not be a life of health or of wealth, but it may be, I repeat, of beauty and of blessedness. And in order to this take two remarks to help and guide you.
First. Give your heart at once, and wholly up to Christ. You have come into a terribly sinful and dangerous world. None but Christ can cleanse your hearts, and carry you safely through the sins and dangers that surround you. Be His now. Be His wholly. You will then have peace with God and strength to serve Him.
Secondly. Beware of those little things that don't seem to have much evil in them, or much danger about them, but that are really like the unknown little leak in the ship that gradually lets in water enough to sink it. I have no space to say more on this point at present; but I ask you to ponder it well, and pray that you may feel how important it is.
NOTICES OF NEW BOOKS. The Ante-Nicene Christian Library: Trans- their multifarious contents. We have al
lations of the Fathers down to A.D. 325. ready expressed our high appreciation of Edited by the Rev. ALEXANDER ROBERTS, this series. Its publication is very timely. D.D., and JAMES DONALDSON, LL.D. Vols. We never feel more sensibly that the Bible V. and VI. Edinburgh: T. and T. is very “light,” than when we turn to it Clark.
from the darkness and chaos of even the The first of these volumes is Vol. I. of first ages of the post-apostolic period. the writings of Irenæus, translated by Dr. Roberts and the Rev. W. H. Ram.
The Hive. A Storehouse of material for bant, A.B., and the second is Vol. I. of working Sunday School Teachers. No. the writings of Hippolytus, translated by
I. Jan. 1868. London: Elliot Stock. the Rev. J. H. MacMahon, M.A. and the The title of this new penny monthly Rev. S. D. F. Salmond. Both volumes magazine indicates its design. This first have such introductions and notes as are number is sufficiently well done to deserve necessary to render them generally intel. attention, and to lead us to hope that this ligible, while the tables of contents are so may be a successful and useful publicafull and clear as to furnish a ready key to tion. The chief feature is the supply of
outlines for addresses and lessons. These maintain their high character, and the are suggestive and good, although some- number taken as a whole is equal to its what too sermonic. And we cannot re- predecessors. We cannot say that we frain from a word of caution to young are quite satisfied with the article on teachers about the use of such helps. Let “George Macdonald.” We would not abate them not rely too much upon this kind of one iota from the applause, by no means aid, or they will infallibly stiffen and indiscriminate, which the reviewer renders deaden their teaching instead of improv. to Mr. Macdonald's writings, and to the ing it. While we shall be glad to see a noble and deeply religious spirit which percheap and ably conducted periodical de. vades them. But “The British Quarterly" voted exclusively to subjects connected should have carried into its larger article with their work, let them be assured that the same theological discrimination which neither in this, nor in any other “hive," often, without any taint of bitterness, diswill they find all their material ready tinguishes its briefer notices of books. stored for them. If their work is to be well And we are disappointed that it has not and wisely done, they must be like the done so in this instance. The reviewer “busy bee,” celebrated by Dr. Watts, which does not indeed put his seal on all Mr. “Gathers honey all the day,,,
Macdonald's theology, but he calls the From every opening flower.”
preaching ” which pervades his books The Pulpit Analyst. Vol. II. 1867. Lon. as “practical, clear, and Evangelical.”
don: Jackson; Walford, and Hodder. But " Evangelical” it certainly is not in A GLANCE at the well-to-do and substantial the sense in which the readers of the exterior of this volume, when it was put
British understand that term. It is into our hands, suggested at once, that,
“Evangelical” only so far as Mr. Maurice's during the year that had passed since we teaching is Evangelical. And as we de. made the acquaintance of its predecessor, precate the influence which Mr. Maurice the “Pulpit Analyst” had been leading a
has exorcised over the ministerial mind, prosperous life. An examination of the 80 we deprecate the influence which his contents of the volume for 1867 proves that
disciple is exercising over the popular that life has been marked by a good de
mind. It would have been worthy of the gree of vigour and energy. The Editor position which “The British Quarterly” has seems to have taken upon himself even a
attained, while doing full justice to his larger share of work, in the way of con- powers as a literary man and to the beautribution, than he took the year before;
tiful spirit which animates his writings, to and several of his contributions are of a have exposed the unsatisfactoriness of the bigl order. Mr. Gilfillan's papers, which
theories by which Mr. Macdonald glosses have appeared in a separate form, under
over the difficulties of the moral universe. the title of "Remoter Stars in the Church The Eclectic Review. January and FebruSky," are readable enough, and present ary, 1868. London: Jackson, Walford, the defects as well as the better qualities and Hodder. of the author's style and taste.
We do not usually review the “ monthThe Christian Year Book; containing a lies,” but we must say a good word for
Summary of Christian Work, and the our old friend, “The Eclectic.” Its indeResults of Missionary Effort throughout fatigable Editor has evidently girded him. the World. 1868. London: Jackson, self for the year's work with great zeal Walford, & Hodder.
and energy; and we know of no man who We are glad to find that the projectors
better deserves success. With all the of this work have been encouraged to encroachments which younger rivals have persevere with its annual publication. made on the field once occupied by “The It has certainly no rival that we know Eclectic" almost alone, there is still work of, and many will find it a great con- for it to do, and we trust it will have much venience to have always at hand the encouragement in the doing of it. large body of facts which it contains.
Memoir of Thomas Archer, D.D., Minister The British Quarterly Review. January, of Oxendon Chapel, London. By the
1868. London: Jackson, Walford, and REV. John MACFARLANE, LL.D. London: Hodder.
James Nisbet and Co. This number of "The British Quarterly" Dr. ARCHER was a man of considerable contains papers on George Macdonald,” mental power and high oratorical skill. “Eton,"
;" The Book of Common Prayer," As a preacher and lecturer, he was emi. “ Juvenile Literature,” “Utilitarianism," nently popular. In Exeter Hall, in the “ Abyssinia,” and “ The Church of Eng. latter capacity, he achieved distinguished land in 1867," with sixty-six pages of success on several occasions; and in his review notices under the head of “ Con. own pulpit and throughout the country, tomporary Literature.” The book notices in the former, he was regarded as an able
and efficient expounder of truth. It was fitting that the character and memory of such a man should be enshrined in a suitable memoir. This has been done in the present volume, in a manner that must gratify all the friends and admirers of Dr. Archer. Throughout, the memoir is characterised by the grace, finish, and taste that distinguish the productions of Dr. Macfarlane's pen. Memoirs of the Life and Labours of the Rev.
Hugh Stowell, M.A., Rector of Christ Church, Salford. By the Rev. T. B. MARSDEN, M.A. London : Hamilton,
Adams, & Co. The late Canon Stowell occupied a large and honoured place in the eye and esteem of the public for many years. He was a man of high character and of great eloquence and power. And although it is seldom that we can find elements in the “Memoirs " of such a man that will render them of permanent value, it was right that his contemporaries should be 'informed of the facts of his history and of the springs of his character. This service Mr. Marsden has rendered, with far less of that over-loading and over-praising which are so common in such cases. The life of Canon Stowell contains necessarily much of the history of his times. Emanuel Swedenborg: His Life and Writ
ings. By WILLIAM WHITE. Two Vols. London : Simpkin, Marshall, and Co. SWEDENBORG's name has grown familiar in English literature, but with few definite ideas attached to it. The causes (says Mr. White) are not far to seek. Swedenborg's works are so voluminous as to daunt many readers, nor are there any one or two of his volumes calculated to afford a complete view of his philosophy and theology. The little sect, moreover, which assumes his authority to be divine, has never commanded the public ear, nor have any of its
members written books which have travel. led far beyond the sectarian borders.” As to definite ideas of Swedenborg's theology and philosophy, he will be a clever man who attains them even with Mr. W. White's assistance. And as to his authority being divine, before we believe it, we must believe that the authority of Jesus Christ and His servants was not divine. Twoteachings so different cannot have come from the same fountain. But while we say this, and might say a great deal more, we acknowledge the service which Mr. White has rendered by these volumes, to those who have any desire to study a very singular phenomenon in the history of mind, and of mental speculations and vagaries. The Apocalyptic Roll. The Title Deed of
the Church. The Seals, the Mystery of
burgh : Johnstone, Hunter, and Co. This volume is remarkable
on many grounds, and will amply repay examination. It is vigorous in thought and forci. ble in style; its investigation of scripture is thorough and searching; and its views of the Apocalypse are simple, comprebensive, and luminous.
Whilst we cannot follow the author in his minute details of type and symbol, which, in not a few instances, appear to us fanciful and strained, his idea of the seals is distinguished by a unity, harmony, and sublimity which do not belong to the usual historic conception. The historic notion is broken, fragmentary, and eminently unsatisfactory, whereas there is a grandeur and completeness in the theory that represents the seals as successive stages, or developments, in the mighty contest of good and evil; and, moreover, as a compendium of the whole book of Revelation.
January February. [To prevent mistakes and delay, all communications for the Register should be addressed to the Editor, 2, Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row, E.C., and marked on the envelope “ For Congregational Register.”] AssociaTION MEETINGS, &c.
and Carmarthenshire, at Carmarthen. Oct.-Congregational Union of Vic. President, Rev. E. Z. Lyttel. Arrangetoria, at Melbourne. Sermon in Oxford ments were made for the Association to Street Chapel by Rev. W. Moss. Council act as Auxiliary to the London Missionary held in Collins Street Chapel. Chair. Society. Papers on “ Constitution of man, Rev. J. C. McMichael. A discussion the Congregational Union,” by Rev. F. S. arose on the use of the name Congre- Johnstone. Sermons by Revs. J. Waite, gational” or “ Independent.”
B.A., and D. M. Jenking. Jan. 15.--Association of the English Jan. 21.-East London Congregational Independent Churches of Glamorganshire Association Half-yearly Meeting, at Mile
End New Town Chapel. Chairman, T. Scrutton, Esq. The Society supports five evangelists and one mission woman.
Jan. 28.-The Christian Instruction So. ciety, at Cannon Street Terminus Hotel. Chairman, Josias Alexander, Esq. Various resolutions were passed in the hope of reinvigorating the Society.
CHAPEL FOUNDATION LAID. July, 1867. Children's Memorial Church, Faravohitra, Madagascar.
CHAPELS OPENED. Nov. 24, 1867.-Emerald Hill, Victoria (Pastor, Rev. C. S. M. Price).
Jan. 16.-Sleaford (Pastor, Rev. R. G. Bettis). By Rev. H. Àllon.
Jan. 18.-Welsh Church, Netherfield Road South, Liverpool (Pastor, Rev. J. Thomas). By Rev. W. Williams.
CHAPEL DEBTS REMOVED.
Jan. 26.-Senior Class-rooms, Eccleston Chapel, Pimlico (Pastor, Rev. J. S. Pearsall). The meeting was addressed by the Revs. S. Martin, A. Mearns, W. Statham, and - White.
ORDINATIONS. Jan. 8.-E. K. Evans, Prees, Salop. Introductory Discourse, Rev. T. Gasquoine, B.A. Prayer, Rev. J. Thornton. Charge, Professor Newth. Sermon to people, Rev. G. Kettle.
Jan. 10.--John Davies, Nazareth* and Pantglas. Introductory Discourse, Rev. W. Ambrose. Prayer, Rev. J. Williams. Charge, Rev. E. Roberts. Address to Churches, Rev. D. Griffith.
Jan. 27.-James Grant, Donaghmore. Introductory Address, Rev. R. Sewell. Prayer, Rev. H. Kelso. Address to Minister, Rev. J. White. Address to Church, Rev. W. Tarbotton.
RECOGNITIONS. Jan. 21.-Rev. F. Knowles, Belper. Revs. Messrs. Meadows, Sinclair, Bellamy, Thornton, and Crosbie, M.A., LL.B., took part in the service. Jan. Rev. J. Dale,
Repton and Barrow. Address on - The Minister's Work,” by Rev. T. Mays. · On “ Church Duties,” by Rev. J. Wolfendale. On “ Ways and Means,” by Rev. J. Merwood.
Jan. 12, 13.- Rev. D. John, Llandeu. sant, Anglesea. The Revs. D. L. Jones, W. Rees, D.D., W. Griffith, H. Rees, A. Thompson, M.A., W. James, B.A., W. Morris, and B. Jenkins, took part in the engagements.
CALLS ACCEPTED. G. L. Turner, M.A., of Cheshunt Col. lege, to Melford, Suffolk.
A. Warner, to Whitfield Chapel, Drury Lane.
W. T. Blenkarn, of Nottingham Insti. tute, to Watton.
C. Aylard, of Nottingham Institute, to Altrincham.
D. Bloomfield James, of Western College, to Castle Green Chapel, Bristol.
REMOVALS. Rev. Goodeve Mabbs, from Nagercoil, to be Secretary of the Madras Auxiliary Bible Society
Rev. T. Sissons, Southampton, to be co-pastor with Rev. E. Mannering, Bishopsgate Chapel
Rev. H. Ashbury has withdrawn his re. signation, and will continue at Cirencester.
Rev. G. Burgess, Linton, to Ware.
Rev. G. Nicholson, B.A., Longsight, Manchester, to Union Chapel, Putney.
Rev. J. Atkinson, Potter Newton, to be Assistant Minister at Hare Court Chapel, Canonbury.
Rev. J. Christien, Manchester, to North Shields.
Rev. W. Dorling, Bethnal Green, to Buckhurst Hill.
Rev. S. Lewin, Ardwick, Manchester, to Ilfracombe.
Rev. R. Harley, F.R.S., F.R.A.S., Briga house, to Bond Street, Leicester.
DEATHS OF MINISTERS.
Jan. 23.-Rev. J. H. Gavin, Harrogate. Length of ministry, 10 years.
Jan. 24.- Rev. R. J. Matthews, Old Kent Road. Age 79. Length of ministry, 30 years.
Jan.-Rev. J. Walker, Derby. Length of ministry, 29 years.
DEATHS OF MINISTERS' WIVES. Dec. 28.-Mrs. Phillips, wife of Rev. M. Phillips, Tripatore, Madras Presidency.
Jan. 28.-Mrs. Kent, wife of Rev. Philip Kent, Peckham.
Feb. 10.- Mrs. Glass, wife of Rev. J. F. Glass, Brentford.
TESTIMONIAL. To Rev. A. M. Brown, LL.D., on the anniversary of the twenty-fifth year of his ministry at Cheltenham-a Purse, and to Mrs. Brown a Tea Service.
THE MERCHANTS' LECTURE Will be delivered (D.V.) on Tuesday, 3rd March, at the Poultry Chapel, by the Rer. Dr. Spence, at noon precisely.
THE LIFE, PUBLIC AND DOMESTIC, OF ULRICH ZWINGLE.
Part Second The wife of Huldreich Zwingle was Anna Reinhard, a widow lady who, with her three children, resided in Zurich. Her character had been matured and refined in the school of severe suffering. When a very young girl her singular sweetness, grace, and loveliness won the heart of a young nobleman, John Meyer, of Knonau, who had been brought up at the court of his relative the Bishop of Constance. The attachment was strongly opposed by his father, who had set his heart on the marriage of his son with a noble lady of the house of Thurgau. The young man, unknown to his father, secretly repaired to a village church, and there had his marriage celebrated with her to whom he had long pledged his affection. He was some years older than Anna. His father's anger, on learning that his authority had been defied, knew no bounds. He forbade his son ever again to enter his house, refused him the means of support, and, so far as the laws of Zurich permitted, disinherited him. The young man was compelled by the harshness of his father to enter the ranks of mercenary warfare, and after a few years his health gave way, and he returned to die in his wife's arms, leaving her, at the age of twenty-eight, with three children, one son and two daughters. Her husband's father still refused to take any notice of her or her children, until, one day, a reconciliation was effected by the following circumstance. Anna had sent her boy to the market along with his nurse. He was a bright and sprightly child of four years old. The grandfather, who was sitting in the window of an adjoining inn, was charmed with the grace and liveliness of the boy, and asked to whom he belonged. To which some one replied,
" He is the child of your own son John.”. The old man instantly desired the child to
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