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two-thirds of their salaries, that if the without aiming to leaven them with his Society had the funds, a hundred might own spirit. He carries the 'savour of be sent forth instead of seventy, the Christ with him wherever he goes.'” number now engaged. It is pleasing to know that this number has been

TERRITORIAL MISSIONS. called forth by the Society's operations There have been encouraging results in addition to the ordinary agency ; in connection with a few Territorial but it is earnestly desired that the Missions which the Society has estahundred for which the Society appealed blished. At Brentford, for example, at the beginning of the year were all in the old Independent Chapel was all the field, for this is decidedly the best but closed, when the Society secured system yet devised for meeting the the services of a very suitable minister, growing evils of Ritualism, by carrying who, after working the place in the the Gospel from house to house, and district on the Territorial principle, in getting into personal contact with the which every member of the Church people.

gets something to do, says :—“I have The following report, from a minis- much pleasure in forwarding you a terial superintendent of lay evan

report of

our progress at Albany gelists, will serve to show generally the Chapel. Our Sabbath morning concharacter of the men thus designated, gregation is nearly doubled during and the work they perform :—“ Our the last few months; at the evening evangelist is peculiarly adapted for the service there is also an increase. The work here, and is steadily gaining

average morning attendance when ground amongst the people. I spent first came here was twenty ; in the the afternoon of yesterday with him in evening, thirty. This had been about visiting one of the two villages where the state of things for several years. we preach. He himself spends some We gradually increased, till now in hours in that village almost every day the morning we have 130; evening, in visitation work. The incumbent 200 to 250. The greater part of these has recently become a resident in the attended nowhere till they came to village. He has lately commenced a Albany Chapel. During the summer Sunday evening service in the church, months, after evening service in the plainly because of the service we hold chapel, I preached in the open air, near on Sabbath evenings. Still the bulk of the ferry that people cross from Brentthe poor people come to us, and if we ford to Kew Gardens, thus catching had a suitable chapel there, I suspect them on their return from the gardens. our congregation would outnumber that The attendance was generally about of the church. In visiting with one 200. Several from this service have evangelist yesterday, I was struck been induced to attend the chapel. with the thoroughness of his work. He • During the winter months, on Sabaims to read the Word of God where bath evenings, after leaving the chapel, this is possible, and I think rarely I occasionally preach in the Ragged leaves any family without kneeling School. There I get a class of poor down in prayer. His visits look always wretched creatures from the back lanes to the conversion of the people to God, who will not attend the sanctuary. and his conversation and prayers point Last Sabbath evening eighty were ever most plainly to this. Such work present. Our Sabbath school is in a is sure to tell, sooner or later. To my

very prosperous condition. The only own people the evangelist ought to be difficulty I have to contend with here a blessing, as they all respect him is a want of suitable teachers. I take greatly, and he never mixes with them a class every Sabbath afternoon. Our

Monday evening prayer meeting is well attended; we have generally from forty to fifty present, a great number, when one considers what a place Brentford is. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings I have cottage meetings; the people enjoy these meetings, and several have come to our chapel Wednesday evening, our average attendance at the service in the chapel is fifty-after which I have an interesting class of young men. There is a good work going on among the young, and several of them are looking forward to join the Church. We have lost several of the members by death, but are making up again.

“ The large distillery, five minutes' walk from the chapel, is pulled down, the ground sold, and they have commenced to build 200 cottages on the ground; this will be a new field for me to operate upon. Everything at present is encouraging. You will see that we have meetings every night in the week with the exception of Friday and Saturday."

It will thus be seen that the work of the Society continues to prosper. But spiritual destitution still abounds. The visits of the Treasurer and Secretary to Conference meetings in most of the counties of England, including the distant shires of Cumberland and Westmoreland, have afforded them valuable opportunities of knowing much of the spiritual state of the Churches, as well as the moral dark

ness of the rural districts; and it is their deep conviction that while there is much cause for thankfulness, there is also much cause for anxiety, for while “the enemy is coming in like a flood,” we are yet raising but a feeble standard against it. We greatly need a fresh baptism of the Holy Ghost, and more thorough consecration on the part of all our Churches to Home Mission service. Our strength does not lie in our numbers, but in our purity, wisdom, and zeal. In not a few places there have been “times of refreshing,” but in others, the Churches are in a stagnant or stationary state. Let us seek, then, for more spiritual life, ever remembering that in these days, as Dr. Vaughan has said, is worship,” and that the duty of the Church of Christ is to bring the world to the rule of Christ-every Christian in one way or another being a missionary, and realising the great truth put forth by Dr. Guthrie, where he says,—“ We must work while we pray, and pray while we work. I would rather see a man, when saved from the gulf of sin, standing on the rock and casting life lines to others struggling in the maelstrom of death, than on his knees thanking God for his own deliverance; because I believe that, without neglecting his personal duties, God would accept this action as the best possible expression of gratitude that a saved soul can offer."

NOTICES OF NEW BOOKS. Symbols of Christendom. By J. RADFORD account of the chief symbols which have

THOMSON, M.A. London : Longman, been used by the Christian Church, and Green and Co.

66 work

controversy is avoided. The author writes CONGREGATIONAL Ministers have lately calmly, and is at once interesting and given to the world not a few valuable con- brief. He gives a good deal of information troversial works on Ritualism-which is, which very many readers are not likely to as Mr. Toomson observes, Symbolism ap- meet with elsewhere, but which it is well plied to the services of the Church. The that they should possess. The last chapter handsome little volume before us (also by is on the “Recommendations and Dangers a Congregational minister) is simply de- of Symbolism,” and is written in a voted to an historical and scientific judicious and moderate tone.

men."

The Family: its Duties, Joys, and Sorrows.

By Count A. De Gasparin. London :

Jackson, Walford, and Hodder. With the name and high reputation of Count Gasparin we are familiar. He was the only man who ventured in the old Chamber of Peers, in France, to stand up, amid sneers and mockery, to vindicate the claims of religion. And ever since his quitting France, and taking up his residence iu Geneva, he has been the enlightened, consistent, and eloquent advocate of progress, freedom, and Christianity. His * Schools of Doubt,” published some years ago, yield ample proof of his high mental gifts and earnest piety. The present volume is a work of eminent merit, and in all respects worthy of the highest admiration. The Family, as the basis of social and national life, as the school in which all the highest virtues are trained, and as the atmosphere in which the noblest forms of manhood are nurtured, is pleaded for by Count Gasparin with great power, persuasiveness, and fertility of illustration.

We may just add, that our unqualified assent cannot be given to the Count's idea of Sabbath recreation and enjoyment; and that, whilst ou the whole the translation is clear and faithful, sometimes the French idiom is too closely adhered to to permit the mere English reader to catch the full force of the expression.

principles of universal acceptance among

In a series of seven chapters or discourses, he discusses consecutivelyThe representative Character of Adam ; Original Sin; the representative Character of Christ; the Priesthood of Christ; the Atonement; Symbolical Ritualism; and, the Work and Witness of the Spirit. On all these points he endeavours to show that the great doctrines discussed are not only true as having their place in God's Word, but “ on other and antecedent grounds,” and that they have their place there on these other grounds. The book is able and logical. The author throws out a body of important thought. We consider some of his positions forced, and others somewhat fanciful, and occasionally the, severe scholastic character of his theology is in some of its aspects not to our thinking, but the book as a whole will reward perusal and prove suggestive to many a reader. Old Merry's Annual for 1868. Old Merry's Christmas Party. Silver Lake, or Lost in the Snow. By R. M.

BALLANTYNE.

London: Jackson, Walford, and Hodder. The first of these books contains the twelve monthly parts of “ Merry and Wise," and will rejoice the heart of any boy who is fortunate enough to receive it as a Christmas present. The third is a beautifully got up edition of a story which ran through the monthly issues of “Merry and Wise.” The second is a special contribution to the juvenile festivities of the season, and contains stories by W. H. G. Kingston, R. ·M. Ballantyne, Edwin Hodder, Mona B. Bickerstaffe, Sidney Daryl, R. Hope Moncrieff, and others. Noble Rivers, and Stories concerning them.

By Anna JANE BUCKLAND. Edinburgh:

Johnstone and Hunter. We like this book very much. It brings out briefly but graphically points of historical interest attaching to such rivers as the Jordan, the Euphrates, Nile, Cydnus, Tiber, Rhine, and Thames, and will stimulate intelligent young persons to enlarge their acquaintance with these subjects. The book is interspersed with some good illustrations. 1. The Cabinet of the Earth Unlocked. By

EDMUND STEANE JACKSON, M.A., F.G.S.

London : Jackson, Walford, and Hodder. 2. Down among the Water Weeds, or Marvels

of Pond Life. By Mona B. BICKERSTAFFE. Edinburgh: Johnstone and Hunter.

“ gentle

Hymns and Songs for the Christian Church;

and Poems. By Emma JANE WORBOISE, Miss WORBOISE is known well in the de. partment of prose fiction, but this is the first of her attempts in the science” of song that bas reached us. She is evidently possessed of a portion of the Vision and faculty Divine” which is originally given, not created by human culture. Many of the pieces in this volume remind us of the sweetness and music of Mrs. Hemans, and cannot fail to be read with feelings of admiration.

The Story of the White Rock Cove. With

Illustrations. London and Edinburgh:

Nelson and Sons. This is a good and wholesome story for boys between the ages of ten and twelve. The illustrations are remarkably good. Representative Responsibility, a Law of the

Divine Procedure in Providence and Redemption. By the Rev. HENRY WALLACE, Londonderry. Edinburgh: T. & T.

Clark. The aim of the author in this book is “to prove that the distinctive doctrines of evangelical religion are founded upon

3. Cockerill the Conjuror ; or, the Brave Boy

of Hanelm. Edinburgh: Johnstone and

Hunter. THE two first of these are extremely wholesome children's books. They are nicely got up and illustrated, and while they may be read with interest by the old, their style is so lively and pleasant as to be fitted to interest even a very young child in the marvels of natural science and history. “ Cockerill the Conjuror” is a clever and amusing fairy tale, which we should very much enjoy reading to a party of children round a Christmas fireside. 4. Wise Sayings, and Stories to explain

them. By M. H., Author of “The

Children's Hour.” 5. Little Tales for Little People. Edin.

burgh : Johnstone and Hunter. Two packets of little books, with ornamental paper cover, and engravings, fitted for presents to Sunday scholars. The Children's Hour Annual. Second

Series. Edinburgh: Johnstone and

Hunter. This is the bound volume of a monthly magazine, and an exceedingly nice miscellany it is, consisting of narrative in prose and verse, natural history, Bible illustrations, &c. The volume is beau. tifully got up, with numerous illustrations, and will make a delightful Christmas gift for intelligent children of eight or ten years old. The Leisure Hour. 1867. The Sunday at Home. 1867. The Cottager and Artisan. 1867.

London : The Religious Tract Society. THESE periodicals hold on their way as freshly and strongly as ever. They have outlived all need of commendation, and we do no more than announce the completion of the volumes for 1867, and say that the editors seem prepared to enter on the labours of 1868 with undiminished zeal and interest. “The Leisure Hour" is à very treasure-house of all current facts and novelties in the departments of science, art, and biography; while it is never without the tale so imperiously exacted by the taste of the day. Short Arguments about the Millennium.

By BENJAMIN CHARLES Young. Second

Thousand. London: Elliot Stock. This is what it professes to be, “A book for the times.” The principal arguments of the pre-millennarians are here fairly met, and generally answered in a satisfactory

Their literal interpretations of Scripture are shown to be untenable, and the spiritual reign of Christ by the uni.

versal prevalence of the Gospel is proved to be the millennium which Christians are to expect, and labour to secure. We are glad to see a second edition, and com. mend these “short,” and, we would add to the author's title, “strongarguments to the thoughtful perusal of both schools of interpretation. Stars of Earth ; or, Wild Flowers of the

Months. By Leigh PAGE. Edinburgh :

Johnstone and Hunter. This is a beautiful Christmas volume, both in binding and letter-press. It con. sists of short and interesting descriptive sketches of the principal British wild flowers of each month, with an engraving of each flower. The engravings are ex. tremely well drawn. Ecrin Littéraire; being a Collection of

Lively Anecdotes, Jeu de Mots, Charades,
Enigmas, Sc., for the Use of Schools and
Private Students. Edinburgh : Oliver

and Boyd. A VERY good French class-book. The Harvest of a Quiet Eye, or Leisure

Thoughts for Busy Lives. London: The

Religious Tract Society. This is a beautiful book in every sense of the word. The papers of which it is composed appeared originally in “The Sunday at Home” and “ Leisure Hour," under such titles as the “ Maydays of the Soul ;" Musings in a Wood;" Mus. ings in the Twilight,” &c. Their object is well described in the preface :-“ They have but the ambition of a flower that looks up to cheer, or a bird's note, that tranquilly, amid storms, continues a simple melody from the beart of its tree. They will, like these, be easily passed by; but, like these, may have a message for hearts that will look and listen." The thoughts are neither profound nor superficial, but they will be enjoyed by minds akin to that of the writer, contemplative and devout souls, who can perceive and appreciate the delicate and beautiful analogies subsisting between the material and spiritual worlds. The book is beautifully printed and illustrated. Manual of Hermeneutics for the New Testa

ment. By J.J. DOEDES, D.D., Professor of Theology, University of Utrecht. Translated from the Dutch by W. S. Stegmann, jun. Edinburgh: T. and T. Clark,

1867. An admirable little handbook, which we warmly recommend to Biblical students. It will serve as a guide and stimulus to many in the interpretation of Scripture. We regret to notice, however, the often absurdly idiomatic style of the trans

manner.

lation. If another edition be called for, as endorse all the author's views and statewe hope it may be, we beg the translator ments, yet their general soundness, force, to have his work revised by some one and beauty, so preponderate, that we can who has a greater mastery of English give them a word of very hearty recomthan he appears to possess.

mendation. A True Briton. The Story of a Life. Our Earthly House and its Builder. London: Jarrold and Sons.

London : Religious Tract Society. This admirable tract for working men is “The object of this little book," as stated one of an extensive series, of which we in the Preface, " is to point out and illuscan scarcely speak too highly, whether trate the proofs of intelligent design and beaddressed to parents or children, young nignant wisdom afforded by the structure men or young women. Their homely, of the human body. The anatomical and practical, and Christian teaching, and the physical facts adduced are carefully di. simplicity and freshness of their style, vested of technicalities, and the whole is make them thoroughly adapted for general presented in language suited to the distribution.

young." We think the writer's aim has

been successfully accomplished, and his Essays and Discourses on Popular and

book will be read with interest by intelliStandard Themes. By T. W. TOZER.

gent young persons. London : Elliot Stock. In the first two of these discourses the

The Rocket, or the Story of the Stephen

sons, Father and Son. A Book for Boys. popular excuses for the neglect of religion are fairly met. In the remaining dig.

By H. C. KNIGHT. London and Edin. courses and essays there is no straining

burgh: Nelson and Sons. after novelty in the themes selected, or HERE we have the story of the two famous originality in their treatment; they are engineers briefly but graphically told. such discourses as the “ portfolios ” of The little book is well got up, and there many of our pastors contain. We do not are two remarkably good illustrations. MOFFAT'S MISSIONARY LABOURS AND SCENES IN SOUTHERN AFRICA. We cannot commend too earnestly or emphatically the shilling edition of this true “Romance.” No family pretending to any interest in missions should be without it. Let parents put it into the hands of their children, and they will not find it necessary to persuade to the reading of it. Sunday-school superintendents should take care that it is introduced to their scholars. We hope Messrs. J. Snow & Co. will find that they have not reckoned without their host on a very large circulation.

OUR COMMON AFFAIRS. EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE.—On the 20th of November, 1867, some two hundred Congregational ministers and laymen met at the London Tavern, on the invitation of Mr. S. Morley and Mr. E. Baines, M.P., to discuss together the present aspects of the Education question: Mr. Morley and Mr. Baines reported that they had had an interview with the President and Vice-president of the Committee of Council, and had subsequently embodied the views which they had urged in the form of a memorial, which was read to the meeting. This memorial approved the recommendations which had been made, in 1858, by the Royal Commission on Popular Education. But the reply of the Government fell short of these recommendations, and stated merely that the Lord President was “ prepared to recommend the Committee of Council to receive the name Congregational, Baptist, Independent, or Calvinistic Methodist, as sufficient to dispense with the necessity for any question or inquiry extending beyond the sanitary condition or secular instruction of schools applying for aid from the Parliamentary grant, under any of those designations.” Mr. Baines proposed a series of resolutions, the practical point of which was—“That under the system of the revised code, which pays only for the results of secular instruction, with the promised exemption of Nonconformist

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