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worthy of earnest perusal, even apart from its solemn associations, being a well-thought out, well-arranged and wellworded homily on the beauty and nobleness of a life of faithful service in one's station and according to one's gifts. The text was happily chosen for the occasion : “ John fulfilled his course;" strikingly appropriate to the career of Charles Prest, one of straightforward, steady, strenuous and indomitable service. Every one who enjoyed the privilege of close acquaintance with Mr. Prest, as
a preacher and a speaker, in Conference, in committee and in social life, will feel the fidelity and felicity of the delineation, and recognise in it the hand of a master and of a friend. The appeal on behalf of Wesleyan Home Missions is most suitable and happy : the deceased could not have desired a more simple and practical improvement of his death.
Wesleyan Local Preachers : Biographical tence of being taught, led and guided by His Spirit? The gifts and graces whereof do so naturally all tend unto common peace, that where such singularity is, they whose hearts it possesseth ought to suspect it the more, inasmuch as if it did come from God, and should for that cause prevail with others, the same God which revealeth it to them, would also give them power of confirming it unto others, either with miraculous operation, or with strong and invincible remonstrance of sound reason, such as whereby it might appear that God would indeed have all men's judgments give place unto it; whereas now the error and insufficiency of their arguments do make it on the contrary side against them a strong presumption, that God hath not moved their hearts to think such things as He hath not enabled them to prove."
Illustrations of their Position in the
and edifying; very suitable for a Sunday-
WILLIAM TAYLOR, Author of " Cali.
don : Hodder and Stoughton. 1875. Though not so excitingly entertaining as “ California Life" nor nearly so wellwritten as “ Election of Grace,” this is a spirited narrative which cannot fail to interest all who are watching the progress of the Gospel in India. It throws con. siderable light on mission work in that vast field, and is enlivened here and there with dashes of humorous description and softened by touches of holy pathos. But we are bound to confess our surprise and regret that Mr. Taylor should have thought fit to exchange the work for which he is so conspicuously endowed, and in which he has been so signally blessed, that of a visiting revivalist, for the untried, and as it seems to us, uncalled. for task of an organizer and originator of what is practically a new denomination. He has deemed it right to disregard the understanding amongst the missionaries and the resolution of the Allahabad Missionary Conference “ against going into territory pre-occupied by other missions," or, at least, to regard himself as an exception to the rule. He is justly indig. nant at “the encroachments of the Bishop of Bombay,” but he thinks himself moved by the Spirit to deliberately construct and set up what he regards as a pattern. church, but what is in actual working a rival church, in the presence of preexisting evangelical and Methodist com. munities.
The reasons which he assigns for this new movement are, in our judgment, utterly insufficient to warrant such a step. He takes very high ground, which might seem to place him far above the strictures of a reviewer of his book. He says : "I will walk after the Spirit. If He forbid my going into Asia or Bithynia, I must not go. If He lead me to Macedonia or to Troas, no matter who has been there before me, I must go.” Under the shelter of those two ifs, we shall make bold to weigh both Mr. Taylor's assigned reasons and his assumed reticence. We beg to recommend to Mr. Taylor's consideration—and few men can either put or estimate an argument better than he-the following caveat of "the judicious Hooker" to some in his day who took up a like position :
66 What other effect could hereupon ensue, but the utter confusion of His Church, under pre
It will be seen from the title that this volume has a distinct practical purpose, beyond that of doing honour to worthy men. The writer's object is to do justice to Local-preachers as a class, as well as to embalm the memory of distinguished members of that class. Any one with inadequate views of the value and import
of Local-preachers should be recommended to read this book. The author has selected six representative Local-preachers, Drew, Dawson, Hick, Hackworth, Bush and Embury, who form a striking and impressive group. The freshest sketch is that of Timothy Hacknorth, the inventor : “ the father of the locomotive engine.” This is the most interesting part of the volume. Mr. Lawson deserves the thanks of all lovers of justice and fair-play as well as every “lover of good men,” for having brought further out into the light one of the nobles of nature and grace ; whose genius, virtues and piety, had never received due recognition from either the Church or the world. Thomas Bush, the philanthropist too will, we hope, become more widely known by means of this work. Not intended to be exhaustive, and with no great pretensions to literary power or polish, and going to a large extent over old ground, the book works out vigorously a good idea and is readable, stimulating
To examine the validity of Brother Taylor's arguments, and the aptness of his analogies, comes clearly within our province. We cannot but think that he has got hold of the wrong analogy, when he compares the Spirit's supposed leading him to Bombay and Calcutta to organize a new church, with the Spirit's suffering not the Apostle to go into Bithynia. We think we could point out other Pauline analogies much more apposite, e.g.: “So have I striven to preach the Gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation ;" (Romansxv. 20;) “James, Cephas and John
gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fell wship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.” (Galatians ij. 9.) And as to Brother Taylor's reasons : no doubt his object is a good one; there can scarcely be a better, namely, to present
the view alike of Christians and heathens the impressive spectacle of a truly earnest, self-denying church. But his way of going about the accomplishment of this seems to us very questionable. He diverges from his former and most favoured effort-to raise existing churches to the due standard of earnestness and self-denial,—and falls into the gross delusion of supposing that any inan can organize earnestness. Besides, it is possible that as much carnality may breathe in the cry, “I am of Christ,” as in any other watchword of religious partisanship. What was that “ building upon another man's foundation ” from which the bold, zealous, enterprising Apostle' shrunk ? Surely this is building on another man's foundation, to accept an invitation from a brother minister to conduct a series of
special services in his chapel, for the purpose of stirring up the church and bringing to immediate decision members of the congregation who had not yet joined the church, and having thus secured a base of operations, and gained prestige and reputation, to forth with set up a church of his own close by, and admit to it persons who had been im. pressed under his ministrations whilst acting in the character in which he came, that of an auxiliary evangelist. This is what Mr. Taylor did, according to his own showing in the book before us.
We would not make any man, much less such“ a man, an offender for a word,” yet we cannot but note a certain tone of, doubtless quite unconscious, egotism in the way in which he speaks of “ my preachers,” etc. It is but right to say that our view of Mr. Taylor's new move. ment is derived entirely from his own book. It is also fair to state that Brother Taylor has accepted some sort of connection with, though no sort of control from, the Missionary Society of the American Episcopal Church. If he had acted to the brethren elsewhere, in Calcutta, for example, as he did to those at Madras, no reasonable exception could have been made to his procedure. On his resolving to visit the latter city, the missionaries, aware of his action in Bombay and Calcutta, sent him a hearty welcome, coupled with the expression of a hope that he "would not organize a church there.” To this he most properly replied, “I will leave that entirely to the Lord's leading, as He may manifest it clearly, not only to me, but to you and your friends." Here, be acted in accordance with an apostolic axiom which he had before lost sight of, “ The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets." By this later and better action, he rebuked his former proceedings. Sermons for Children. By MARK GUY
PEARSE. London: Wesleyan Confer.
ence Office. In these days, happily, it is no uncommon thing to see great truths presented to children in a way which they can understand and appreciate ; but among the many writers, whose works we have seen, who have in this respect done virtuously, we have no hesitation in say. ing that Mr. Pearse excelleth them all. In these sermons, which are just the right length, there is the happiest combination of fresh, interesting, and often amusing anecdote and illustration, with sound moral truth, and tender, earnest and most
impressive appeal. We can scarcely skilfully constructed and developed, the imagine little boys and girls reading “The teaching healthy. Stories with a moral are Child Minister,” or “I have Redeemed proverbially uninteresting ; this certainly Thee,” without longing to “live and work forms an exception to a rule but seldom for Jesus; ”and for older children who are violated. The moral is never sacrificed to almost growing out of the name, we have the interest, yet the interest is in no way never seen anything better calculated to lessened for the sake of the moral. Let strike home than"The Valley of Decision” parents read this book for its sound, and “A Question to Ask and Answer." sensible and Christian views of education;
The getting up of the book is all that let the daughters of our people read it could be desired, with its pretty, attrac- for its truthful picture of Rome's methods tive binding and many really beautiful of deluding youthful earnestness and of pictures.
the terrible misery in which her ways end.
A word more on two points. " Laura Life and Labours of John Ashworth. By Linwood” is a Methodist story, written
A. L. CULMAN. Tubbs and Brook, from a Methodist stand-point. In religious Market Street, Manchester. Simpkin, fiction, with one or two valuable excepMarshall, & Co., London.
tions, Methodism is either ignored or The volume before us only claims to be made to contrast most unfavourably with a sketch, and contains little that is not other churches. We could wish the familiar to the readers of “Strange Tales," portrait painted in the narrative before and John Ashworth's other writings; but us were more attractive. Methodism, as as the record of a singularly eventful and here drawn, is narrow, unintellectual, and useful life, it will be read with pleasure not quite free from sanctimoniousness. and profit, and be the means of kindling The ministers are conspicuous only for and quickening zeal in the Master's ser- their utter want of influence, and the vice. We hope it will have a wide circu- length of their sermons. The Romish lation. The proceeds of the work are priests are learned, impressive, earnest. devoted to the Chapel for the Destitute. The Ritualistic rector and his curates at
any rate possess the last-mentioned Life and Labours of Duncan Matheson,
quality ; but Wesleyan ministers, so far the Scottish Evangelist. By Rev. J. as can be gathered from this book, do not MCPHERSON. New Edition. London:
visit their flock and are little noticed by Morgan and Scott. 1875.
their members. The Bellethorpe Circuit We are glad to see another edition of one must have been afflicted, for a long sucof the most healthy and stimulating bio- cession of years, with the very weakest graphies we have ever read. Duncan men the Conference could possibly select Matheson’s life was a striking illustration for a station where they were expected to of the amount of good that can be accom- confine themselves to ministrations from plished by a man of one aim. His life
the pulpit. work was to win souls for Christ, and all From a comparison of the title-page his actions seemed to bear the stamp of with the advertisement-sheet, we learn his motto, “For God and Eternity.” The that the authoress of “Laura Linwood" story of his toils and successes is very
has written also“ Blind Olive" and " The graphically told, and the author's own White Cross and Dove of Pearls." We observations, especially on Mr. Matheson's congratulate her beartily on the marked conversion and early religious experience, improvement of her latest work upon the are a very valuable portion of the book. first-named story. In strength, finish and Laura Linnood ; or, The Price of an Ac
completeness, the increase is remarkable,
and proves that “ Sarson " has not miscomplishment. By the Author of "The
taken her vocation in literature. But we White Cross and Dove of Pearls." London: Hodder and Stoughton.
are bound to add that the pen from which
proceeded “ The White Cross and Dove of 1875.
Pearls" ought to produce work that will From Methodism to Rome, viâ a pure live to the third and fourth generation French accent, this is the outline of Laura after the hand that wielded it has lost its Linwood's story. The warning is by no cunning. We shall watch for “ Sarson's " means unnecessary in these days of showy next work with anxious curiosity. Her education and specious and subtile danger is lest facility of production and Ritualism. The tale is well told, the urgency of demand should induce haste characters clearly sketched, the plot) and carelessness.
HAYMAN BROTHERS AND LILLY, 19, CROSS STREET, HATTON GARDEN, E.C.