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The Tabernacle, or Easter Sunday with yet afterwards I have great repose-,
the Rev. C. H. Spurgeon, by a chance blessed sense of security. It seems as Visitor. Price 3d. William H. if an impregnable wall was thrown Clark, 49, Newington Butts.
around me. My heart is fixed, trusting
in the Lord.' This was written when The author of this tract is well known in the literary world; he here gives a
a young man, but it was true of him all short account of what he saw and heard
through life. To this anchorage be at the Tabernacle. The subject is not
clung more closely as his powers failed.
His views of himself became more and new to us, and we have not much
more humbled towards the close of life. say upon it, but the author writes with the kindest feelings.
On one occasion, after an unusual si.
lence, and in evident depression of mind, Memorials of the Rev. Francis A. West,
he said to a friend, with tears in his being a Selection from his Sermons
eyes, “I dread the judgment;' adding, and Lectures, with a Memorial Sketch
• Í have had lately such views of my by one of his Sons, and Personal
own heart that I tremble to open it to
the Recollections by Rev. B. Gregory.
eye of God. But,' said he, looking Wesleyan Book Room, 66, Pater
up, and smiling through his tears, 'İ
have a Dirine Saviour.' noster Row.
“As showing his settled frame of The memorial of one who was a Me- mind, while conscious of the rapid apthodist minister, the son of a Methodist proach of death, the following document minister, and a native of that wonderful may be quoted. It was written after town of Kettering where the birth of a disease had made serious inroads on his great divine is an every-day occurrence. constitution, and when both body and The life is well and succinctly written : mind were much shaken. Yet it will Mr. Gregory's critique is judicious, and be observed that there is not the the sermons are admirable Methodist shadow of doubt or hesitancy in its discourses. Francis A. West was no tone: mean man, no shallow declaimer, no “*I do hereby solemnly give my im. mere professor; his experience was of mortal soul wholly into the hands of the kind which breeds Calvinists, that my precious Saviour, who, by his volunis to say deep-thinking believers ; it tary humiliation in my nature, did grahelped to make him the great-hearted ciously undertake to redeem it, by Christian which we are sure he was. suffering (in its room and stead) the just
The following paragraphs are a portrait and deserved penalty of the righteous of the man, and give us a glimpse into law; dying for my sins, the Just for the his inner life :
unjust. And, in token of his having “In short, he was a manly man. perfectly satisfied the law, he rose again Simple, direct, modest, but courageous from the dead, and ascended to the and independent; true to the very core, right hand of God, pleading the merit far more strict and severe towards him. of his death on my behalf. On that self than towards others; such he ap- death do I ever rely, both now and in peared to us, before whom he went out the last day. This is my exclusive ples. and came in, wbo saw him under all the Into his hands, with simple trust and many aspects of his character, and hope, assured of his faithful promise, I under continual changes of circum- cast my guilty soul, having no otber stance; who always respected him, often hope, and yet having no fear or doubt
. admired him, and have loved him truly To his love I am indebted for all my all our lives. His piety was of the enjoyment and all my hopes. To hin same robust type. The reverse of sen- I ascribe all merit and all grace. I have timental or emotional, it was deep- nothing, I am nothing. I gladly ascribe seated and truly practical. His own all to Christ. In the matter of my salwords are: •I bless God that he has vation he is all in all, eternal life. To given my mind a natural tendency to him I give the glory of my salvation, lean on principles; and though I have and that he has kept me in the measure to grope and grapple in great darkness of his grace for so long a time. To me and with much toil till I reach them, he has committed his Gospel to preach
May 7. The blind see and the dumb speak.
Matt. ix. 27-34.
to a dancing girl. Matt. xiv. 1-12;
Mark vi. 1429; Luke ix. 7–9. June 4. Little for many, yet plenty to spare.
Matt. xiv. 15–21; Mark vi. 35–44;
Luke ix. 12--17: John vi, 3–15. ,, 11. Firm waters to firm hearts. Matt.
xiv. 24–33; Mark vi. 47--53; John
vi. 16-21. 18. Many sick and all are healed. Matt.
xiv. 34-36; Mark vi. 53, to the end. 25. Common bread and bread from heaven.
John vi. 22, to the end.
to others, often with his conscious approval and blessing; oftener had I been more diligent and faithful. The Lord pardon my sins in this solemn respect.'
“ These were almost his last written words. Let them be the last-mentioned here. The Saviour's name, and the Saviour's praise, and the sinner's plea, will most fitly close this record of a devoted life."
We find in a foot note a list of weeknight lectures delivered by Mr. West to Sunday-school teachers; it is so suggestive that we subjoin it for the use of any brethren who may be running dry. Subjects for lectures .. to the Sunday-school
teachers in the Liverpool South Circuit, designed to prepare for school lessons on
the following Sabbath. Jan. 7. A great cure brings many patients.
Matt. viii. 2-4; Mark i. 40 to the
end; Luke v. 12–15.
Matt. ix. 2–8; Mark ii. 1-12;
Matt. xii. 1-8; Mark ii. 23. Feb. 5. Two hands unlike made alike. Matt.
xii. 9–13; Mark iii. 1–5; Luke vi.
6-10. 12. Great doings with little noise. Matt.
xii. 15–21 ; Mark iii. 7-12.
The Heathen for once greater than the
11-18. Mar. 5.—The Serrant in prison, and the Master
at large. Matt. xi. 2-15; Luko vii.
18-30. 12. Very sinful, very penitent, very happy.
Luke vii. 36, to the end. 19. A great fact and a great puzzle. Matt.
xii. 22–45; Mark iii. 19-30; Luke
xi. 14-28. 26. A figuratire sermon and a literal ap
plication. Matt. xiii. 1-9; Mark iv.
1-9; Luke viii. 4-8. A pr. 2. Many illustrations of one subject. Matt.
xiii. 24-53; Mark iv. 26–34. 9. A great storm and little danger. Matt.
viii. 18—27; Mark iv. 35, to the end;
Luke viii. 22–25. 16.
One man possessed and many swine lost. Matt. viii. 28, to the end;
Mark v. 1—20; Luke viji. 26–39. 23. The Master dines with the servant.
Matt. ix. 10–17; Mark ii, 15-22;
Luke v. 29, to the end. 30. The dying live, and the living are
healed. Matt. ix. 18_26; Mark v. 21, to the end; Luke viii. 40, to the end.
Present Issues. By Rev. ROBERT W.
MEMMENGER. Hodder and Stoughton,
27, Paternoster Row. The work of an American clergyman, who evidently sighs after the union between church and state, which blights so terribly the Christian unity and purity of this land. He says, “ Some specific church organisation must, in the end, hold supreme power." True, we say, the truth will prevail; and the one church will be composed of immersed believers. As to this federation of churches which he advocates, a “Christian republic” made up of states of different denominations moulded into one, and united to the state, we exclaim • Save us from it!" If our brother had any experience of the bondage and injustice of such an arrangement as must follow if you bow your neck to any human yoke, he would flee, as from a plague, from the arrangement which he so strenuously advocates. Who
may confederate, our Baptist brethren in America will be strangely different men to what we hold them to be, before they could be harnessed to any such state as the author would have the American churches drag forward. The book is worth reading for the insight it gives as to the religious life of an Episcopal church in America. We agree with but few of its views, and miss with sadness the Bible element alike in word and spirit. Tbere is no savour of the pure gospel in the book, and the opinions enunciated as to “man's will" and power are as opposed to what we deem the scriptural ones as light is to darkness.
Sermons to Children, preached in Christ down from her father's knees, saying,
Church, Brighton. By the Rev. “ To-morrow! to-morrow!” And she JAMES VAUGHAN. Containing nu- went about the house singing, “ Allie is Anecdotes and
Stories. so happy! to-morrow, to-morrow, Dickinson and Higham.
morrow. Allie is so happy!" That
night Allie was very tired; she wanted Bating the references to infant bap
to go to bed an hour before her proper tism, which are doubly absurd when
time. During the night, she fell into a mixed up with so much clear gospel burning fever, and they sent for a docteaching, we are greatly pleased with
tor. When he came he shook his head, these sermons. They are less stilted
and said, “Too late ! too late! Nothing and artificial than the excellent ad.
can be done." They sent for four docdresses of our late venerable friend
tors, and all said, “Too late! too late !" Dr. Alexander Fletcher, but have all
And when the morning came little Allie his vivacity and winning power. We
was dead-she was gone to heaven. have sent a copy to our Sabbath
Her mamma stood and looked at her, school, and superintendents cannot do
and thought of what she had said the better than follow our example. The
day before—“To-morrow, to-morrow, book is in the fifth edition, and well de
Allie ; so happy to-morrow!” and she serves to be. The following story will serve as an illustration of Mr. Vaughan's So God “redeemed" little Allie!
wiped away her tears at the thought. style when preaching to children :“Í will tell you now about God's redeeming a little girl in another way.
The Human Mind. A System of Mental Her name was Alvi, but she was always
Philosophy for the General Reader. called Allie. She was three years old,
By JAMES G. MURPHY, LL.D. Wiland one day little Allie jumped upon
liam Mullan, Belfast. her father's knees, and said, “ Pa, when's MENTAL Philosophy needs to be clear spring ?” Her papa stroked her little as well as deep to be suited to our taste. curly head, and patted her on her We think it well at times to examine cheeks, and she looked up, and smiled, how we think, and reason, and feel, if and said, “I fat as butter.” She said it were only to be reminded how little again, “I loves my pa, I does ; I loves we know of ourselves; and when our my pa." And her papa loved her very metaphysical writers have agreed upon much. She said, “When's spring, pa?” some one arrangement of the powers of The father said, “Why do you want to the human mind, and upon the several know when spring is ? Do you want to laws of its operations, we shall be much see the pretty flowers, and hear the more disposed to receive instruction birds sing, and play in the sunshine ?” from them. The book before us is not She said, “No, pa ; me go to church in so much a consecutive treatise upon spring." “Do you wish to go to church, the subject as an explanation of the Allie ?" “ Very much, pa.”. “ Why,
whole of the varied terms which are Allie ?”. “God there! God there!” usually employed in connection with it. “ And do you love God, Allie ?” “Oh, The work is pervaded by a healthy so much, papa, so much!”
tone of morals and a becoming reve. dear,” papa said to little Allie, “to- rence for revealed truth, and we hope, morrow is spring-spring will be to. therefore, that it will fully accomplisha morrow.” And little Allie jumped the author's design.
On Saturday, Aug. 16, the secretary of
week, this was by no means gratifying
bidding the brook will overflow its banks Under God's blessing this eminent man has in an incredibly short time; we are there- been the cornerstone of our College from fore under no concern. At the same its commencement, and at an advanced time, it is our duty to report our condition age remains so, being blessed with unato our friends. The seaside months are bated energy, and enjoying the unbounded always the worst for all our funds, for esteem and love of us all. We know of no while they are taking rest away from home better living specimen of the old-fashioned the most thoughtful are apt to forget the Nonconformist; he is essentially Puritanic, demands of charity; we would therefore both in theology and spirit; and, though suggest to our readers that, whether they an Independent, he no more resembles are at home, or on the sands, or among the a modern Congregationalist than cheese heather, they should say to themselves, resembles chalk. It was a happy circum" There is Spurgeon with more than two stance which brought him under our eye, hundred orphans around him, and his stock a still happier providence has continued is running short; I must aid him, for he his life and vigour to this time, and the has quite enough to do to manage so many happiest fact of all is that he and his excelinstitutions, without having to look out for lent wife are both among us in peace. At funds."
the time we write we hear that the young Our friend John Ploughman requests
men of the College are getting up a preus to give notice that he is preparing his
sentation, which will have been made Penny Sheet Almanack, and hopes to have
before this month's magazine is in our the patronage of our readers. We decline
readers' hands. All honour to our vener. to say much by way of recommendation,
able friend. for we know Mr. Ploughman too well to Messrs. Brass have obtained the conpraise him; but we hope our readers will tract for our new College buildings, at the examine his Almanack for themselves. estimate of £9,200; the land will cost The Interpreter has now reached its
£1,200 more; and after allowing for fitninth part, and we thank those friends
tings, purchase of library, architect, exwho have encouraged us by their high
tras, and so on, we have need of about encomiums. We are doing our best, and
.£5,000, or rather less. For this we are are glad that our work is valued by those
asking in that quarter which has never for whom is intended. We wish their
failed us, and never will. “The silver number had been greater.
and the gold are mine," saith the Lord of The Jubilee Singers had a grand reception
hosts. The house is purely for the service at the Tabernacle, every inch of available
of God, in the training of young ministers, space being occupied, and hundreds being his own household.
and we feel sure that he will provide for
He will issue his turned away from the doors for want of
royal orders to certain of his stewards, The melodies which in the bad old times were the favourites of the poor slave
and they will hand out the precious metal
from the treasury. were rendered by our emancipated friends in a manner altogether unique; we have
On the 21st of August the boys of the never heard anything like it; it was pure
Orphanage had a treat at our friend nature untrammeled by rule, pouring forth
Mr. Priest's farm, Lower Morden. This its notes as freely as the wild birds in
faithful lover of the orphans received the spring. The people were charmed. Our
children; friends from Melton Mowbray intercourse with the choir was a very plea
supplied the pies (alas, our beloved helper, sant one: we were struck with their simple,
Mr. Tebbut, has gone home), and Mr. earnest, child-like piety. They are travel
Dougharty carried all the party in his vans,
All these friends deserve our ling for a noble object, they deserve the help of all Christian men, and wherever
warmest gratitude, and we hereby render
them our best thanks. they go we hope they will obtain a hearty welcome. They cleared about £220 for Mr. Dobson, of our College, has settled their University buildings by their one over the Baptist church at Deal. We hope effort at the Tabernacle.
that our friends who visit that quiet The students of the college have re
watering-place will encourage him. assembled, and are all happily labouring Having lately visited Eastbourne, we at their studies. Our venerable tutor, are pleased at the healthy appearance of Mr. George Rogers, celebrated his golden the work in the Iron Chapel,
under Mr. wedding, Aug. 28, amid the hearty love of Babbington. The friends will have upus all. Few such men are to be found. hill work for a while, but the town is Patriarchal in age, but juvenile in spirit, growing, and when the debt is somewhat full of wisdom and free to dispense it, reduced the church will be in prosperous living to do good, and doing it abundantly. circumstances. How we wish that persons
with means who visit this delightful town would aid the struggling church. The same remark may be made in reference to Ventnor, where a chapel is most pressingly needed by the friends who have gathered around Mr. Wilkinson.
Mr. Marsden, of our College, will settle at Mansfield. Mr. Buckingham has removed from Belfast to Bannoxtown. Mr. Ward, of Rye, has sailed for America.
We are expecting a visit from our friend Mr. Mckinney, who has settled in the United States.
Mr. Groombridge has written us a most encouraging letter from Chin-Kiang; we trust that he may have many years of successful labour among the Chinese.
Mr. Rolls has had a hearty recognition at Bushey, at which Mr. Rogers presided, and the other tutors, and Mr. Medhurst assisted. We look for great results at Bushey from Mr. Rolls's earnest work.
Our venerable friend, Mr. Cornelius Elven, of Bury St. Edmunds, has closed his long and useful life. He had completed
an honourable ministry of fifty years in his native town, and passed away amid the respectful regrets of all the inhabitants and the deep affection of his church. He was a man of large and loving heart, with a vivacious mind and interesting manner of utterance. He was our friend in our youth, and preached for us in London in after days. He used with a merry laugh to tell the story of a lady who came to hear us at New Park Street, but putting her head inside the door, and seeing the vast form of Cornelius Elven, she retreated, exclaiming, “ No, no, the man has too much of the flesh about him, I cannot hear him." Peace to his memory. We weave no fading wreath for his tomb, but we catch the gleaming of that immortal crown which the Master has placed upon his brow. He was a good man, full of faith and of the Holy Ghost.
Baptisms at Metropolitan Tabernacle by Mr J. T. Wigner :-July 21st, ten; by Mr. J. A. Spurgeon:-July 28th, ten; July 31st, twenty-seven.
Statement of Receipts from July 20th to August 19th, 1873.
Statement of Receipts from July 20th to August 19th, 1873.
Mr. J. JacDougall
Sibery, at Brockley Road, New Cross Odd farthings and halfpence taken at
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