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Christian Stewardship: Reminiscences | denominations. He must have been a
of the Life and Labours of the late very happy man; for our observation Henry Craigie, W.s., Édinburgh. tells us that the bliss of doing good is By the Rev. W. Watson, Langholme. the nearest approach to heavenly fe
Edinburgh: John Menzies & Co. licity this side the stars. If the public We regret that we did not personally cation of these reminiscences should know this princely man, though we stir up others of Edinburgh's princely must have seen him if the portrait does men it will be well; and London, too, not mislead us. He appears to have would be the better for more such. We been the generous helper of every holy bless God for those around us who are and philanthropic work. He gave not
of like spirit with Mr. Craigie, and we only liberally as to amount, but as to thank them very heartily.
We had a splendid gathering of friends at, account of his conversion, his call to the the Orphanage on September 20th, which ministry, and reasons for accepting the inproduced about £500 for our funds. To vitation to Whitstable. The charge to the all we tender our deepest thanks. Every- pastor was given by Mr. Rogers, of the body was earnest in helping. To the Tabernacle College. Tea was provided in speakers, collectors, keepers of the bazaar the School-room of the Congregational and refreshment stalls, and indeed to every Chapel, which was kindly lent for the ocbody we are deeply indebted.
casion, at which about 160 persons attended. The College meeting, September 7th, was At the evening meeting, at which Mr. one of the most successful ever held. The Rogers presided, Mr. Burton, of Kingsgate students spoke to the delight of all the Street Chapel, Holborn, gave an address to numerous audience. God is with us of a the church. Addresses were then given by truth.
Mr. M'Kinley, of Chatham ; Mr. Pring, a An earnest feeling is stirring the hearts Primitive Methodist ; Mr. Keys, and Mr. of devout men at the Tabernacle. Prayer Crofts. The services excited considerable is being incessantly offered for a great re- interest in the town, and it may be hoped vival of religion, and we trust this is the will prove a lasting benefit. precursor of coming blessing. Will all On Tuesday, September the 12th, serfriends of the gospel join with us?
vices were held in commemoration of the Several correspondents write to us in settlement of Mr. W. Mummery, as pastor reference to the heterodoxy of the Christian of the Baptist Church at Eynsford, in Kent. World newspaper. To them all, we would In the afternoon, Mr. Rogers, of Peckham, distinctly say, that no one is more grieved son of a former pastor of the church, preat the fact than we are, but we have not sided. Mr. Denter, of Meopham, read and even the remotest share in the conduct of prayed. Mr. F. Hearn read a staternent the paper, or any sort of connection with on behalf of the church. Mr. Murmery it. We have always wished the paper well, gave a most appropriate address upon the and are sorry that it takes the course it occasion. Special prayer for the pastor was does, but, having no locus standi in refer- offered by Mr. G. Wyard. The charge to ence to its management, we must refer our the pastor was given by Mr. Rogers, of correspondents to the editor of the paper. the Tabernacle College ; and to the church,
Our friends at Alfred Place Chapel, old by Mr. Wigner. At the evening meeting Mr. Kent Road, having elected as their pastor, Rogers presided. Prayer was offered by Mr. Collins, late one of our elders, held a Mr. Constable, of Sevenoaks. Addresses very interesting meeting to celebrate his were then delivered by Mr. Collins, of recognition, August 28th. We hope this Penge ; Mr. M'Kinley, of Chatham ; Mr. struggling but useful interest will greatly Benskin, of Princes Risborough ; Mr. Wilrevive under our esteemed friend's ministry. kins, of Leighton Buzzard ; and Mr. JackThe place has been repaired and decorated. son, of Sevenoaks. The meetings were well
Services in connection with the settle- attended ; several had come from a conment of Mr. G. Stanley, at Whitstable, in siderable distance, and all were much Kent, were held on Thursday, August the interested in the proceedings. 31st. At the afternoon service, Mr. J. We are unable, from pressure of matter, Crofts, of St. Peter's, read the Scriptures to give more notes. Suffice it that we be and prayed. Mr. Stanley then gave a brief lieve the work prospers in many directions.
Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle.
Statement of Receipts from August 20th, to September 20th, 1871.
$ 8. d. A Friend, per Mr. Whittet 0 5 0 Mr. T. C. Page
2 2 0 Mr. J. Short 5 5 0 R. P.
10 0 0 Mr. S. Willson 1 1 0 S. A. S.
5 0 0 Mrs. Fitzgerald 20 0 Mr. William Glanville
0 10 0 A Reader of Baptist Messenger 5 0 0 Mr, T. Bannatyne
1 1 0 Mr. Carr
0 10 6 A Widow's Mite, per Mr. J. F. Blyth 20 0 0 Miss Carter 1 1 0 Mr. T. Gregory
1 0 0 Miss Robertson 50 0 0 Mrs. S. Clifton
0 5 0 Forfarshire 100 | Captain Breakenridge
10 0 0 S. S. S., a Thankoffering 10 0 Mr. Passmore
20 0 0 From Wotton-under-Edge...
50 0 Weekly Offerings at Tabernacle, Aug. 20 38 1 6 Mr. W. Carey Pitt 0 10 0
27 50 3 10 Mr. E. Williams 1 1 0
Sept. 3 38 1 6 Mr. W. Llanvapley. 0 10 0
10 45 13 Mrs. Ward, Slawston-a Thank-offering
17 60 4 6 for the conversion of a son, per Mr. J. T. Dunn 500
£3838 2 Mr. Dransfield
2 2 0 !
Statement of Receipts from August 20th, to September 20th, 1871.
$ . . W. A. M: 03 6 Mrs. Cooper
04 6 F. E., Clapham
0 0 0
1 0 0 Mr. R. J. Foster
2 0 0 A Reader of “Sword and Trowel,” per Mr. S. Willson 1 10 Mr. Wells, Orpington ...
2 16 6 Banbridge
0 2 6 Per Mr. J. T. Dunn :A Thankoffering, E. D. and L. Hubbard i 0 0 Mrs. Ward
1 15 6 Mrs. Fitzgerald 2 0 0 Mr. Joseph Ward
0 10 0 E. S. 1 0 0 A Widow's Mite
0 10 0 Miss Carter..
1 1 0
0 1 0 A Sermon Reader, Berkhampstead 0 5 0
3 1 6 T. B. W. 0 1 0 S. A. S....
6 0 0 Mr. A. Paterson
5 0 0 Baptist Church, Riddings, per Rev. W. Mr. William Mayo 0 5 0 Crick
3 0 6 A Thankoffering from a Sermon Reader. 1 0 0 Mrs. Evans
0 10 0 Romans vi. 7 and 8 2 0 0 Mrs. S. Williams
1 0 0 A Reader, Wickham 0 5 0 Mr. J. Given
2 0 0 A Thankoffering for continued prosperity 10 0 0 Miss Lucy Best
1 0 0 from a Domestic Servant 0 2 6 Mrs. Cook
3 0 0 0 1 6 Mrs. Mary Ewart
1 1 0 G. Y. P. H.C. 0 2 6 Mrs. Mary Fulcher
20 0 0 From Wotton-under-edge. 5 0 0 Mrs. E. Denner
0 10 0 Miss Harriet billiter
0 10 0
1 0 0 A Friend, Kelso 0 10 0 Mrs. Harris
0 5 0 Mr. R. Pinkstone's Class 1 1 0 Mr. James Lang
1 0 Mr. J. Dew 1 0 0 Mr. G. Warters
0 10 0 Mrs. Lofthouse 0 10 0 Mrs. Camps
1 0 0 Mrs. Chapinan 03 0 Mrs. Camps' Family
07 0 A Friend, per Mr. Ellisden 1 0 0 Mrs. S. Gibson
0 10 0 E. R. 0 5 0 Mr. and Mrs. Hudgell
2 0 0
£ & de
£ ,. . Mr. T. Whitehead 2 0 0 Miss Lucy Warne
0 14 7 Miss Walker... 0 6 9 Boxes at the Tabernacle Gates
1 4 2 Mr. M. C. Hardy
3 0 0 Annual Subscriptions :A Friend, per Mr. H. Weeks
1 0 0 Per Mrs. J. Withers:-Mr. Trotman ... 5 0 0 Mr. W. J. Huntley
2 0 0 A portion of a Legacy Mr. G. Setten 1 0 0 Mr, J. Lang
1 0 0 Mrs. Harvey
0 5 0 Mr. J. Huntley (Quarterly) 0 10 0 A Constant Reader, Rugby
0 5 0 Mr. J. O. Cooper Mr. Keys 0 12 11 Mr. Moore
0 0 Mrs. Marshall 1 12 0 Mr, J. Leach
0 5 0 Mr. G. Faulkner 0 16 0 Mr. J. Withers
0 5 0 Mr. E. W. Saunders 2 0 0 Nrs. Blackman
0 1 1 Miss Parker 0 13 4
4 11 1 Miss Fitzgerald
013 6 Miss Watts, per Mr. Davies Mr. Wigney 2 0 0 Mrs. Gibbs
1 0 0 Mrs. Webb 1 10 0 Mr, T. Strickland
0 0 Mrs. Norinan...
1 16 Mis Powell 0 17 6
£124 15 © Mr. E. S. Boot
0 8 0 Mr. J. Tanner
06 2 Presents for the Orphanage.—1 load of Firewood, Mr. Kean; 12_Scoops, Mr. Vickery; an Invalid Chair, Mr. Trotman; 75 Bibles and 75 Testaments, British and Foreign Bible Society; 3 crates of Cauliflowers, Mr. Fox; a Patched Quilt, 15 Shirts, and 36 pair of Worsted Socks, M. Fair; Toys for Sick Boys, Mr. Green; a splendid collection of Toy-soldiers from Mr. and Mrs. Thorne, by the wish of their dear departed child, James; Hamper of Eggs, Mrs. Grange; 21 cwt. Potatoes, Mr. Vinson.
For Sale Room-Parcels from "M. II.,” Miss Best, Mrs. Van Offere, and Mrs. Hamilton.
Golden Lane Mission.
following donations ;
£ s. d. Mr. C. Gordon 1 1 0 Miss Archer...
5 0 Mrs. Marsh 1 0 0 Mr. E. Stock
5 o 0 Rev. T. J. Bull 1 0 0 Miss Vickress
2 0 0 A Widow's Mite 02 6 Mr. G. B. Vickress (Excursion)
1 1 0 Mr. J. P. Carter 1 1 0 Theodore Barnes
0 5 0 Mr. W. F. Wood
0 5 0 Mrs. Longley 0 11 0
£25 11 Mr. T. Cheetham
5 0 0 Mr. T. Paterson
2 2 3
NEW BUILDING. 0 5 0 S. W.
0 10 0 Mr. G. Dean... 1 0 0 Rev. E. Bowden
0 Mr. R. A. James 2 2 0 Miss Marsh
1 0 0 Mr. J. 0. C. Sargent 1 1 0 Mr. Norton
5 0 0 Mrs. A. Medwin
0 10 0 | Golden Lane Mission Sunday School... 0 28 9
Subscriptions will be thankfully received by C. H. Spurgeon, Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. Should any sum be unacknowlrdged in this list, friends are requested to write at once to Mr. Spurgeon. Post-Office Orders should be made payable at the Chief Office, London, to č. H. Spurgeon.
CHAPTER VIII.—THE NEW HOME AND OUR FIRST VACATION THERE.
UR faithful Lord has taken the rudder of your little craft
into his own hands, and he will pilot it on safely to the haven.” It was with this conviction firmly fastened in her heart that our mother entered the narrow path of
widowhood. She knew little of the trials and lessons which awaited her in it. The last days of our life in the old homestead at Thalheim were hastening to a close, and there was barely time to put matters into the order necessitated by altered circumstances. Our mother's future dwelling was to be in the house of a widowed aunt at Neünchingen, where a humble lodging had been offered her; and, although it seemed hardly possible to find space for herself and four children in the two or three little rooms placed at her disposal, still, in the absence of pecuniary means, she gratefully took advantage of our relative's kindness. The expenses of removal exceeded her calculations, and left her in possession of only a few gulden. It was thus necessary to save every farthing, and she therefore decided to walk nine miles of the journey. The last night was watched through at the parsonage, now bare of all furniture, and a few sympathising friends shared our vigil; at three in the morning we were to start, but, before that time, such heavy rain began, that we wondered whether it would be possible to get out, and yet a post chaise was awaiting us nine miles off, at six a.m. At this juncture, a ponderous double-teamed waggon rumbled up the road and halted at our door. It belonged to a peasant, who had intended driving a load of corn to some distance, but, seeing the rain, had postponed his business to be able to offer us his services, “ SO that no one might ever say, that the villagers of Thalheim had let their pastor's widow walk out of their village, in such a drenching storm of rain.”
Our party safely reached their new abode, having half-way overtaken the carrier in charge of our furniture who had, oddly enough, forgotten where he was to take it, and was asking all the people along the road whether they could tell him !
Our arrangements in the new quarters were the ne plus ultra of simplicity, yet the whole party soon came to feel happy in spite of inconveniences. Not only our aunt, and the landlord, who lived in respective flats of the same house, but the whole village beside seemed intent on showing kindness to the grand-daughter of their former beloved pastor Flattich. Indeed, they had always done the same, for when as children we visited at Münchingen, the rich peasants used to insist on giving us presents, and often accompanied us miles on our homeward way, carrying our knapsacks. Indeed, some years before, when I had entered the seminary at Maulbronn, the wife of a farmer at Neünchingen sent an order to an acquaintanceliving near me, to furnish me with a large bowlof bread and milk every morning for lunch, at her expense. I did not know how this daily meal fell to my share, but it caused great satisfaction both to myself and the various friends who help me dispatch it. This is only one instance of the affection of these peasants for the memory of their old pastor, after a lapse of forty years from his death. Indeed, to this day, the mention of his name quickens the beat of those warm faithful hearts.
Soon after the arrival at Neünchingen, three of the boys came home for their vacation. The small parlour scarcely sufficed to hold us all
, but the great joy of being together again was not disturbed by the narrow limits of our dwelling. A fresh trouble, however, and one which could not be so easily past over, now made itself felt. Our funds had come to an end, and the store of household provisions melted away perceptibly, so that one evening there was nothing for it, but for us all to go to bed fasting. This was too much for our mother, and she said, “Am I to have my children here, and not even be able to give them fond ! God cannot mean this to be so !” And, without more ado, she threw herself on the ground beside the stove, and wrestled in earnest prayer the whole night through, and when we entered the next morning, there she still lay. We tried to raise her, and said, “Dear mother, let us breakfast. Even, if there is no earthly food provided, we still have the bread which is come down from heaven, the Word of God. We will gather round that and enjoy it.” But our words availed nothing, she still lay, while we seated ourselves, opened our Bibles, read, sang, and prayed. Hardly bad we said " Amen," when a well dressed, veiled lady entered, after knocking, and begged to speak to our sister in private. Beaté led her to an attic, apologising for having no other place of reception. And then the lady, the widow of a professor from the neighbouring village of Koruthal, explained herself thus: "I cannot think what has come over me this morning. I woke at six