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Gleaner and Sower: Lessons of Truth | Notes on the Book of Genesis. By THEODORE PRESTON, M.A. John Deighton, Cambridge.

for Home and School. For thirteen weeks. Houlston & Sons.

VERY good lessons in the great truths
of Christianity. The writer does not
flinch from teaching the distinguishing
doctrines of grace to young people, and
therein we honour him. Children need
all the gospel, and it ought to be taught
to them. We have no right to teach
one gospel to adults and another to
juveniles. Why is such a book printed
on such rubbishing material? We dare
not call it paper. The stuff must surely
have been bought of a grocer who found
it too poor to be used for doing up his
tea, and therefore disposed of it at half
price. It is a pity.

Foolish Dick: An Autobiography of
Richard Hampton, the Cornish
grim Preacher. By By S. W. CHRIS-
TOPHERS. Haughton & Co., 10,
Paternoster Row.

OUR first article is the best review we
can give of this singular book, which is
quite a little curiosity in its way.

The People's Encyclopedia: a Compendium of Universal Information, with the Pronunciation of Every Term and Proper Name. By L. COLANGE, LL.D. London: The Encyclopedia Publishing Company.

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Introduction to the Apostolic Epistles. By a BISHOP'S CHAPLAIN. Deighton and Co., Cambridge.

OUR readers will be able to peruse this book with composure. A BISHOP's CHAPLAIN, is a man, after all, and if we may judge from this work, avery ordinary Pil-mortal, a thought humdrum if anything. We are not aware what the duties of a chaplain may be towards his bishop. Does he do the praying, after the manner which Sidney Smith felt to be so dignified, when the chaplain came in, said grace at dinner, and walked out, leaving the others, including the bishop, to eat it. A Bishop's chaplain must surely be as a seraph appointed to wait upon one of the cherubim; our imagination fails to realise a being so heavenly. We picture to ourselves a most reverend ecclesiastic in glossy black cloth and An inquisitive reader asks us if we read immaculate white linen, seated, pen in all the books which we review, quite hand (a long goose quill), with wisdom through. Now in this instance we can- serenely looking forth from his goldnot be imagined to have done so, for rimmed glasses. Note after note is the matter of a dictionary may be very written in faultless letters in his elegant interesting, but one easily loses the commonplace book, and now for the thread of the subject; but we have help and good of others we have this tried words of different characters, from volume in print. For what we now all points of the compass of know- receive may the Lord make us truly ledge, and have found valuable con- thankful. We opened the volume with densed information under every head; becoming awe. Scholarly it is, as bewe tried Nematoids and Spiritual- comes its origin, and, perhaps, as port ists, Sauerkraut and Templars, Neo- wine is best when old and dry, the logy and Glanders, and this we thought excellence of this book may be found quite range enough. Plain people who in that direction, and it may be eswant in one volume all the uncommon teemed by some accordingly. words of the language, and a little have respectfully laid it to sleep on our information upon almost every subject, shelf, and nobody will be the better or had better invest a guinea in this cyclo- the worse for its harmless proprieties. pedia. It is not perfect, for we could We shall consult it when we need to not find Plymouth Brethren or Christ-know what a dignitary of the Church of adelphians perhaps the compilers had never heard of these worthies, and we sincerely wish we never had.

We

England thinks of the Articles and creeds of his church, as they used to be believed by honest churchmen.

A Commentary on the Gospel according to Mark. By JAMES MORISON, D.D. Hamilton, Adams, & Co.

RESERVING judgment upon disputed doctrinal questions, we are happy to call the attention of our learned ministerial readers to this painstaking and exhaustive work. No student can well do without it. It is a marvellous display of learning and labour. It is a hopeful sign of the times that there is a market for such massive expositions; we are thankful to Dr. Morison for his addition to the works we prize beyond all others, viz., comments upon the Word of God.

Blackie's Series of Little Books by John Bunyan. Blackie and Sons, Paternoster Buildings.

THIS is a true Bunyan Library, and I will enable those who wish to read Bunyan in little handy books, and to give them away without the expense of a huge volume, to accomplish their desire. We need not praise the honest tinker and heavenly dreamer,-that were to enamel the lily. Eighteenpence will furnish a reader with "Come and Welcome," "The Pharisee and the Publican," "The Strait Gate," or "The Water of Life," or some other work from honest John's ready and racy pen.

Notes.

THE funds of the Orphanage will speedily need replenishing. The enlargement and building of the junior schoolroom are going on at this time. Boys will eat, and their clothes will go into holes, hence we need the continued generosity of our friends. All has been well with us hitherto, and it will be so to the end.

The College vacation will soon end, and the men will reassemble for study; we therefore ask the prayers of friends that the Spirit of God may rest upon all the brethren, and that they may become able ministers of the New Testament. The Swiss Times has discovered that Mr. Spurgeon owes the freshness of his ministry to the fine thoughts which he gleans from his eloquent body of students. We wonder what next! Men will say anything sooner than give glory to God. They know not the meaning of that sweet line, "All my fresh springs are in thee."

We are not responsible for other people, and cannot undertake to be censor in general to the church of God, but we quite agree with several of our correspondents in the opinion that the practising of Podo-baptism, and the immersion of believers by the same person, shows either a failure of understanding or a lack of principle. It is clear with half an eye that one or other of these ceremonies must be wrong; there cannot be two baptisms any more than two burials of the dead. We can believe in the conscientiousness of either the Baptist or the Poedo-baptist, but a combination of the two is neither fish, flesh, fowl, nor good red herring. We have long ago given up understanding men's conscience. The old-fashioned sort

used to work straightforwardly, but the modern ones act on a swivel most unaccountably. In the day when the Lord calls all his servants to account, there are some of his professed servants who will need to be very scientific arithmeticians to make their reckonings square with simple truth.

We wish our Episcopal friends all success in keeping the Confessional out of their churches, but we are not at all sanguine of their success. The Church is semi-popish, and only demi-semi Protestant. Why do not the gracious men come out in a body, and clear their consciences of all complicity with Romanism? This is the only remedy. Government will not help them, bishops dare not, public meetings cannot. Who would be free himself must strike the blow. An Episcopal church, cleared of error, and willing to take up a Christian position towards all other churches would be a blessing indeed. The present synagogue of error, arrogant, and self-exalting, is the

reverse.

We are glad to hear that Satan is angry at the work of our brother, Mr. Wilson of Downham Market; we hope that his preaching may more and more grieve the ungodly and comfort the saints.

Owing to frequent indisposition we have not this month collected any information upon the churches, but as this is generally to be found in the denominational papers, we do not think it will be much loss to our readers.

Baptisms at Metropolitan Tabernacle by Mr. J. A. Spurgeon:-June 30th, seven

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Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle.

Statement of Receipts from June 20th to July 19th, 1873.

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List of Presents for the Orphanage.-PROVISIONS:-120 Eggs, Miss Janet Ward; Small Cask of Butter, Anon; A Bag of Rice, Mr. Hunt, per Mr. Potier; Sack of Flour, Mr. Belsey; Supplied to the Ramsgate Home, Sack of Flour and a Box of "Patent Food," Mr. Nye; Some Vegetables, Mr. Hogbin.

CLOTHING:-12 Shirts, a Widow's Offering; 30 ditto, the Misses Dransfield; 3 dozen ditto, and 10 Neckties, Miss Wade; 25 Flannel ditto, the Brixton Hall Ladies' Working Association, per Miss Pearce; 3 dozen Boys' Straw Hats, " With Kind Wishes of a Friend."

SUNDRIES:-2 Forms, Mr. Andrew Dunn.

FOR SALE ROOM:-2 Feather Hand Screens. Anon; A parcel, from a Constant Contributor.
GENERAL:-3 sets of Cricket Materials, "A"; 30 African Curiosities for Museum, Rev. R. Smith
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SWORD AND THE TROWEL.

SEPTEMBER,

1873.

Sundew, a Strange Plant.

BY C. H. SPURGEON.

Na swampy part of the New Forest, in Hampshire, we met with a plant which was quite new to us. To our unlearned eyes it looked like a lichen or a small red cactus, and yet it almost as much resembled a zoophyte; we did not know what to make of it, it was so old-world and weird-like. An abundance of red glandular hairs covered each leaf, and upon its surface glistened sparkling dew drops. To gather specimens and send them home by post in a box was a process suggested and carried out by a friend; our samples, however, did not endure the transit, and so we have not since seen our floral novelty. Upon making enquiry, the plant turns out to be the SUNDEW, or as the learned call it Drósera, from the Greek word drosys, dew. The olden writers call it Ros-solis, which is but the Latin of its English name. From Anna Pratt's most interesting work entitled, "The flowering Plants, Grasses, Sedges, and Ferns of Great Britain," we have gathered several facts which may not unfitly be woven into parables, and made to illustrate truth.

Sundew is the tempting name of this plant, and what would seem more safe, attractive, and proper for an insect to light upon? Surely it might wisely sip the crystal drop and fly away refreshed: but "things are not what they seem," and there are lovely names which cover deadly evils. The gauzy-winged insect alights, drinks of the shining drops, and becomes henceforth a captive.

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