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Secular Annotations on Scripture Texts. | happiness involved in mixed marriages.

By FRANCIS Jacox. Hodder and So far as this little book aims at this we

Stoughton, 27, Paternoster Row. can commend it, but we are not advoOur readers are perhaps acquainted with novels. We want sterner weapons than

cates for attacking error by means of a popular dish which goes by the name

these. We have read the tale with of Irish stew," composed of a great interest, though a young lady suddenly variety of first-class ingredients strangely finding water-coloured sketches for sale combined under one cover. Such is this in her sketch-book, and a piece of gold book. With a text as a motto, the author in the mud, to meet her present neceshas gathered from secular sources extracts to make a feast for bis readers. of fiction, though they are eminently so

sities, are not incidents new to us in works Conceive of scraps of French, Greek, and in the matter-of-fact world in which we Latin, interlarded with quotations from

live. B. Shakspeare, and other ancient or modern poets, with here and there a slice from Life Problems. By Leigh Mann. Charles Dickens, or some less famous Hodder & Stoughton. novelist, all blended together with more or less of connection, and you behold but forced beauty, about these sermons.

There is a weird power, and strange the book.

The author dives deep, for he stirs up 1. A set of themes with fugue-like variations, the mud; he soars high, for he gets into

Of divers saws with divers applications, Of texts with near and far-fetched annota- the clouds; and he wanders far, for he tions."

loses himself in the wilds of speculaBible Lore. By Rev. J. Comper Gray. Bible, as we read it; and the doctrines

tion. The theology is not that of the Hodder & Stoughton, 27, Paternoster of grace are strange subjects to the Row.

author. We can suppose that to some Mr. GRAY has made himself so well ears there are “tones of the eternal known as the author of valuable books melodies" in this book, but if so they for teachers, that our readers will be are so mingled with discordant notes prepared to accept any production of of what we deem serious errors, that we his pen without hesitation.

All we

fail to catch the melody. They will need to say is, that this book is equal charm many, we have no doubt, but we to his other works in interest and solid have no eyes but for the beauties of matter.

truth. B. Baptist History. By J. M. Cramp, The Theology of the New Testament. D.D. Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster


Hodder & Stoughton, 27, Paternoster

Row. A VALUABLE addition to our denominational literature. It is far more interest. A good book, designed as a handbook ing than a mere work of fiction, though for Bible students, and quite worthy of possibly we think that some of its pages their attention. We of course demur might be classed under that head. Fifty- to the author's exposition of baptism. eight engravings render this edition He says, “ Infant baptism is in Paul's admirably adapted for a present to our epistles just as little forbidden as enyoung folk, whose minds ought to be joined.”. Quite true, for he had no well stored with the deeds and sufferings commission to enjoin it, and no one of our holy ancestry.

had then thought of it, so that there

was no need to suggest the error by conFor Conscience Sake. London: John demning it. The author in the same F. Shaw & Co., 48, Paternoster Row.

sentence says that he (Paul), howWe deplore the tendency in the present ever, lays evident stress upon the fact day to ignore the scriptural injunction, that there is but one baptism, as there which confines the marriage of believers is but one saving faith.” So say we, and to those “ in the Lord," and we heartily we therefore keep to the immersion of support any attempt to point out the believers ; and reject so different an or. dangers to personal godliness and future | dinance as the “Rantising of Infants."


Anti-Nicene Library. Edinburgh: T.Hints and Helps for Parents and and T. Clarke.

Teachers. By J. GREEN. Hamilton, Two more volumes of this very valuable

Adams & Co. series have come to hand, ard we have A VERY laudable attempt to introduce done our best to read them, but find it a book to meet deficiencies in Sunday. hard work. We are disgusted with the school teaching. Much of the advice is childishness and the errors which are sound and practical. We wish that massed in the writings of these so- catechisms were more in use, and our called Fathers of the church. Nerer- young people's minds were more stored theless we thank God for it, as it serves with hymns, and better still, with pasto set off the superior power and purity sages of Scripture ; but we are not so of Holy Writ. "The change is as great sure that Dr. Watts: “ Moral Songs when we pass from the apostolic epistles are the best now available. The Sunto these, as it must be for a lark to day-school Union publishes notes which descend out of the bright, clear sun will be of more service to the country, shine into a London fog. You drink in as a whole, than these hints and helps. health in the one case and are stifled Rome and the Council.

By FELIX in the other. We are glad, however,

BUNGENER. Hamilton, Adams & Co. to have these translations, and again commend them to our readers. B.

A SEASONABLE book, written with all the

vivacity of a Frenchman, and especially The Picture Gallery of the Nations. valuable as the utterance of one who Religious Tract Society.

has lived in the inidst of popery in all We cannot imagine a more interesting its strangely mingled might and weakor desirable book for a young person.

Here are many facts and cogent Our advice to all our friends is, buy it, arguments, a capital quarry for leoturers as it will suit everybody. Even romping and sermonisers, yielding ample materials Robert will be glad to read it, and it will for the skilled workman. keep him out of mischief and impart The Doctrine of the Atonement. instruction about the peoples of the Rev. GEORGE SNEATON, D.D. Edinworld in a way which is sure to be re- burgh: T. & T. Clarke. membered. If this is not a royal road Tuis second volume completes the to learning, it is very like it, only perhaps author's design, and is fully equal to the a great deal better. The engravings are

first one, which dealt with the doctrine numerous and well executed, quite deserving the name of the “ Picture been greatly profited by the masterly

as expounded by our Lord. We hare Gallery of the Nations.”

expositions of the apostles' sayings Evidences of Christianity. By ALBERT

which this book affords. It is preBarnes. Blackie & Son, Paternoster eminently a work for thinkers, and our Row.

ministerial brethren will sit down to it All Sunday-school teachers know and

as to a banquet, which will afford food esteem Albert Barnes, and any produc- The publisher's name is so complete

for meditation through many days. tion of his pen will never want for readers this side the Atlantic.

a guarantee for the excellence of iype, volume before us is quite equal to the etc: that we need add nothing in its

praise. established reputation of the author. It is the first course of lectures de- | The Life of the Rev. Dan Taylor, a livered at a Theological Seminary, and

Monograph By W. UNDERWOOD, D.D. a more valuable set we do not know.

President of Chilwell, College. Simpkin They are eminently interesting, and we

and Marshall. have read them with unmingled satis- Some months ago we absorbed this book faction. The style is popular and yet into our mental constitution and felt the scholarly; the matter full and varied, better for it; we ought however to have exhausting as far as the space permits commended the feast, but by some very the topics touched upon in the lecture. accountable means we forgot to do so. We bope that it will be read by When a man is beset by ten thousand thousands,

cares he cannot but omit something. us of Solomon in all his glory ; as to the time; behold, now is the day of salva



In this little monograph we have the life their Maker, by the aid of these sweet of a plodding, persevering preacher of familiar melodies. the word, whose personal influence and We find some old friends with new piety saved the General Baptist De- faces, in “Melodia Divina,' in many cases nomination from utter destruction, and the names being altered, and the harraised upon the ruins which Unitarianism mony remodelled, we certainly do not had made, a noble and useful Christian see the necessity of this change in community. We belong to another nomenclature, and while the new arrangeschool of thought, but our General Bap- ments are sometimes corrections, they tist Brethren are so thoroughly evan- occasionally deprive an old friend of its gelical that our differences are lost in our best known features. Why this rage for unities. Dan Taylor will be better known re-harmonising where so little necessary ? through this book and better appreciated, Why not let us have our old tunes, as while the paing-taking author will gain we heard them and learnt them in our not a little in liter ry reputation; for it childhood ? The diamond re-set may be is no small achievement to have cen- a trifle more brilliant, but always loses densed so much into such narrow space, something in the process of re-cutting. and yet to have avoided the disorderliness We recognise in the tunes now for of overcrowding.

the first time published, a certain apThe Voice of Time, a word in season.

preciation of melody, so often slightingly

treated in modern psalmody, which will By John Srroud. Cassell, Petter and

have its weight in rendering them popGalpin.

ular, but we feel obliged to take excepQuite a little bijou in appearance. The tion to some of the extraordinary melstriking point in the book is that the au

odies introduced, in which the constant thor has endeavoured to associate certain

use of minor divisions of time, long intexts with the strike of the clock, and tervals, turn and runs, will in many has added some very fitting reflections cases require a fairly cultivated and texupon each of the twelve subjects for ible voice to render them.

The adapmeditation. When the clock strikes, I. tations from the great sacred masters it says “ Watch ;" II. “ Fear not;” III.

seem profuse, even for a work like the “Lord, remember me;" IV.“ Thy will be

present, and the frequent repetition of done;" V. “ Ye must be born again;" both tune and words declare" Melodia VI. * Lo, I am with you alway;" VII. Divina” to belong to a class of sacred ** What must I do to be saved ?" VIII. musicofa past day.By a musical friend. “ I go to prepare a place for you;" ou Merry's Annual, 1871. Hodder IX. “ I am the Way, the Truth, and the Lise;" X. “ What shall a man give in Wuat a volume! A flower from the field

and Stoughton. exchange for his soul ?" XI. “ Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ

, and thou shalt of the cloth of gold. The outside reminds be saved;" XII. “ Now is the accepted inside-well, we cannot give much of an

opinion, for we have some barrow-loads tion."

of volumes to try with our book-taster, Melodia Divina Comprising the most but it seems to us that Old Peter Parley

popular Psalm and Hymn. Tunes, must have risen from the dead, or perChants, Anthems, &c., Edited by haps he never died at all, or more likely Josh. Hart. Arrangement for voice still, Old Merry is his first cousin. We and Pianoforte or Harmonium, by are glad to learn that Old Merry's waistJ. Fawcett. London, F. Pitman, 20, coat grows bigger every year, but we Paternoster Row, E.C.

hope he will puse in time lest he be CONTAins many of the old tunes, which mistaken for Fulstaff. Try Bintiny, wygether with the elegant gilt cloth Mr. Merry, binling, and clear type, will be sure to

66 At Jesus' Feet" A series of papers recommend it to the public. As a com- on Christian doctrine, life and work. panion to the Harmonium and Pianoforte By R. C. MEGAN. Morgan & Chise. it will doubtless induce miny to spend Very good and gracious, but not very mash of their leisure time in praising new or striking.

The Leading Christian Evidences. By out of the way."

Such a defence GILBERT WARDON, M.A. London: from error, and a highway for truth, Hamilton, Adams & Co.

is found in this book, and we gladly The outworks of truth are valuable, bid it “God speed." and he who is skilled as a spiritual engineer in erecting and defending them, Original Fables. By Mrs. PROSSER. does good service to the citadel itself. Religious Tract Society. We believe that the true seeker will be Mrs.Prosser's Fables, attractive as they attracted to truth by a peculiar moral are in themselves, aré rendered much sympathy, and that he will at last reach more so by the beautiful illustrations such certainty as he really and rightly which adorn this charming book. Many seeks after. "Yet is it of great service of the pictures are gems of art, and the to make straight paths for his feet, elegant volume makes a very suitable “ lest that which is lame be turned gift book for this season of the year.

Memoranda. V. F. is informed that the tales he has training for the ministry, should they be heard about us have not even a vestige of called to it. With very great delight we truth in them. We never said, “How is took the chair at the annual meeting, when your poor soul ?" by way of parody on about seventy men were present, and we * How are your poor feet?”—the story is a listened to about a dozen speeches from the silly fabrication. “Hooks and eyes for men themselves. It was amusing to watch believers" is a very old business, known some of them try their wings, and yet delightand laughed at before we were born. We ful to see evidence of great power here and are quite willing to take our fair share of there. Some of our best men have come the current criticism allotted to public men, into the ministry out of these classes ; while vut we cannot help saying, that we very others are teachers in our schools, and some seldom read in print any anecdote con- have risen to positions of importance in nected with ourselves, which has a shade of trade, and are now deacons of churches. truth in it. Old Joe Millers, anecdotes of Dear helpers, if you could have seen how Rowland Hill, Sydney Smith, and John your gifts to the College were training Berridge, and tales of remotest and fustiest street-preachers, evangelists, teachers, and antiquity are imputed to us as they have other workers, you would have been re. been to men who went before, and will be warded indeed. to men who follow after. As a specimen of A movement for preaching the gospel in bare-face lying, we remember a person's Portslade, near Brighton, with the view of declaring in a public room, that he saw us raising a Baptist church, bas just comslide down the rail of our pulpit at Park- menced. street to illustrate backsliding, at a time We have spent much labour during the when the pulpit was in the wall, and no past six weeks in aiding the churches of the stairs whatever existed. That very story London Baptist Association to remove their had been told of Lorenzo Dow, many years debts, and we hope the ball once set rolling before. On the whole, we are inclined to will not rest. believe that the trade in falsehood is rather Our friends at Vauxhall chapel have brisk, or so many untruths would not be done bravely. They have renovated and manufactured.

almost rebuilt their schools, which will now A hopeful effort has been made to form accommodate four hundred chi'dren. The a Baptist church in Barnet. Mr. Dicker- schoolroom was re-opened December 6th. son, whom we hope one day to receive into We understand that our friends have con the College, is preaching there.

tributed so liberally, that with a little aid Our friends at Helston in Cornwall, are they would finish this admirable work making a gallant effort to remove their without debt. We rejoice in the prosperity debt. We wish them guidance in their of our friend, Mr. Hearson. time of need, and every possible success in On Deceinber 6th we preached the open the future.

ing sermon of our new chapel for our esOne part of our College work is the teemed elder, Mr. Field, in James' Grove, maintenance of evening classes for young Peckham. A congregation was gathered men in business, who there receive an edu. by him in the Assemb y Room of the cation fitted to aid them in ordinary life, Rosemary Branch Tavern; the friends or to prepare them for a higher course of I have now removed to their new house. It

is an excellent building, but the debt is the Christmas festival of the Orphanage, heavy. The dear brother who raised the for which we and all the other boys return cause has hitherto received no salary from a thousand thanks. the people, for he has been helped by us,

In October last a testimonial was prebut his people must soon maintain him, sented by the Elders' Bible Class and ile and, therefore, the sooner the debt is gone Young Men's Society to their president, the better.

Mr. W. G. McGregor, one of the elders The next day we opened a new chapel of the church. It consisted of three for our dear brother, J. A. S., at Croydon. volumes of Lr. Kitto's Bible Dictionary, A very Leautiful building it is inside. It and a bands we Writing Desk. A small will hold nearly six hundred persons, yet token of deserved estetm. This friend is our beloved deacon, William Higgs, Esq., president of both these institutions; and only received £1,300 for the whole erection. we can cheerfully recommend young men Our brother bas gathered a good church, not otherwise occupied to unite with one or and everything about it looks brightly both of them. hopeful; he does not, however, relax bis Baptisms at Metropolitan Tabernacle labours with us at Tabernacle.

by Mr. J. A. Spurgeon :- December 1st, Many kind friends have sent us gifts for twenty ; 15th, eighteen.

Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle.

PRESIDENT-C. H. SPURGEON.-NUMBER OF STUDENTS, 85. Amount required for Students during the year, about £5,500; the rest will be devoted

to building Places of Worship.
Statement of Receipts from Norember 20th, to December 19th, 1870.
£ s. d.

£ 8. d. G. J. M.

1 0 0 One who reads and values the Sermons 0 5 0 Mr. W. Carter, Senr, 2 2 0 Mrs. Gibson ...

0 10 0 John Ploughman

3 0

02 6 Mr. E. Bartlett 0 10 0 A Reader of Sermons

0 1 0 Mr. D. Christie 0 10 0 Mr. T. Jack

0 1 3 Mr. T. Gregory 1 0 0 A Collier

0 1 0 Mr. H. Speight

1 0 0 Evening Classes at the Tabernacle 15 10 0 Mr. E. M. Edwards 1 0 0 Mr. Williams, Collected ...

5 0 0 A Working Man 02 0 S. E. Y.

0 5 0 Rev. E. Blewitt 0 10 0 M. A. Y

0 2 6 Miss Miller 0 10 0 Mr. J. Halliday

0 1 0 Mr. J. Hosie... 0 10 0 Wilson

0 10 0 E. G. 1 0 0 Miss A. Thompson

1 0 0 Mr. Romang and Family

2 0 0
Mr. A. Doggett

5 00 Η. Α. 0 6 0 Mr. R. H. Pomfret

0 10 0 Mr. G. Seivwright 0 5 0 Mr. E. S. Neale

1 0 0 Mrs. Legge 1 0 0 T. J.

0 10 0 A. S. Banfr 0 10 0 M. J.

05 0 Mrs. Stocks 1 0 0 Totteridge

1 0 0 Collected by Mr. N. Heath 1 4 6 Mr. W. Taylor

0 10 0 Mr. W. Bamford

0 2 6 Weekly Offerings at Tab., Nov. 20 30 2 9 Mr. G. Burn... 1 0 0

27 25 14 6 Mrs. Hetherton 0 2 6

33 5 8 Mr, W. Lockwood 0 10 0

11 22 6 1 Mr. C. W. Pidduck

0 5 0 Mr. H. B. Freason... 5 0 0

£163 8 10 Mr. S. M. Hambly...

0 10 6

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Stockwell Orphanage

Statement of Receipts from Norember 20th, to December 19th, 1870.

£s. d.
02 6

Mrs. Adamson
Mrs. Trueman, per Mr. M. W. Dunn,

Matlock Bank
G. J.M.
Far North
Mr. W. Pitts

0 2
1 0
1 0
0 10


Mr. J. P. Tulloch
Mr. H. Howard
Mr. H. Speight
Mr. E. M. Edwards
Collected by Mrs. Vynne..
Mrs. Miller

.£ s. d.

0 120 10 0 0 0 10 0 1 0 0 0 11 0 1 0 0

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