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“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ," &c., for a test. What a theme do they supply for a Christian preacher to descant upon, and what an opportunity for him to prove that he is “ a servant of the Most High God, sent to show unto men the way of salvation”! But how does our author improve his advantage? He commences by remarking that Philippi ought to be specially interesting to us, inasmuch as it was the city in which the first Christian Church was set up in Europe; that the Apostolic visit was paid under very remarkable circumstances, &c. Then come his leading heads: I. A prison scene ; II. A terrific earthquake; III. The alarm of the jailer; IV. His still greater astonishment and anxiety; V. His spiritual concern for his soul's salvation ; VI. The direct answer giveni VII. By Scripture teaching; VIII. The evidence of the jailer's conversion. The subdivisions are meagreness itself. Under the sixth head, where one naturally looks for the exposition of saving truth, all we find is that the answer, Believe, &c., belonged-1. To the Gospel specially; 2. To all places ; 3. To all persons. Christ is the Saviour-faith receives Him—and thus salvation is secured. How clear, short, positive !"
This is a fair sample of the rest as far as we have read them. We regret to have to speak disparagingly of the work, but we cannot speak otherwise than we have done, if we speak at all.
Brief Observations on Scriptural Subjects Submitted to the Consideration of
those engaged in Evangelistic Work. S. W. Partridge and Co. 1875. This little manual is divided into two parts-namely, doctrinal subjects and criticisms on texts. With the author, we believe that accuracy in the use of theological terms and in the application of Scripture is important. The adoption of sound words is essential for the maintenance of sound doctrine ; whilst looseness in the use of Scriptural terms, misapplication of Scripture, and partial views of truth have not unfrequently prepared the way for the introduction of dangerous errors. His work in reference to this matter is calculated to be highly useful. He who thoroughly masters its contents will use the language of Scripture intelligently, and so we believe with an understanding of its real meaning. We have gone through the volume with some care, and with very slight qualification can say that it has given us unmingled satisfaction and delight. To all engaged in Sunday-school teaching, or in any department of evangelistic service, we give it our heartiest recommendation.
The Limitations of Christian Responsibility: Thoughts on Aggressive
Christianity. By HENRY Dunn. 2s. 6d. Simpkin and Marshall.
1875. This is not a book which we should recommend for indiscriminate perusal. It can only be advantageously read by“ qualified persons,” to use an expression of the author's. Mr. Dunn seeks in it to set forth the limitations of Christian responsibility in relation to the ungodly, and promote the reconsideration of much that is embodied in evangelical theology. Those acquainted with his previous writings will pretty clearly understand the position he takes and the conclusions to which he would lead, in this little volume. On many points, which he would probably deem vital, we do not see eye to eye with him; on the contrary, we think him decidedly in the wrong, yet he is such a devout and reverent student of God's Word, that the products of his pen always yield us instruction though they fail to convert us to his views.
Missionary Anecdotes : Sketches, Facts, and Incidents relating to the State
of the Heathen and the effects of the Gospel in various parts of the World. By the Rev. W. MOISTER. Wesleyan Conference Office.
1875. We recommend this volume to the notice of the Secretaries of our Juvenile Missionary Societies. If put into the hands of our young people they will be sure to give it a reading, and the result will be an increased interest in the cause of missions. Speakers at missionary meetings will find in it ample materials for telling and effective speeches.
Henry Wharlon: the Story of his Life and Missionary Labours in the West
İndies, on the Gold Coast, and in Ashanti. With a brief Account of
We have found this to be a profoundly interesting volume. We wish we could induce our young men thoroughly to read it; they would thereby learn what missionary work is, and what sort of men are doing this work. And in some instances, we should hope, not only admiration of their devotedness would be awakened, but an earnest desire to emulate those who love not their lives for the Gospel's sake. The book is beautifully got up and illustrated,
Samuel Thorne, Printer. By S. L. THORNE, Bodmin. 2nd Edition. Elliot
Stock. 1875. We have not space to give a descriptive account of this memoir, but we recommend our readers who take an interest in Methodist character and history to procure a copy for themselves. The Bible Christians were formed by men of a truly heroic stamp, and it is quite refreshing to become acquainted with their doings. The painful, self-denying labours they passed through were wonderful, and their persecutions a disgrace to the parsons, and squires, and aristocrats from whom they proceeded. This book gives us a picture of the moral state of many parts of Devonshire so late as fifty years ago appalling to contemplate, and which should make us thankful that we live in happier times, when many can run to and fro without molestation, that saving knowledge may be increased.
Sunbeams in Sorrow. Recollections and Remains of Helena Loveday Cocks.
By her Father, the Rev. SAMPSON CockS. London: Wesleyan Con
ference Office. THERE is sorrow in this book, and no one can read its contents without having their hearts touched with sadness to learn how one so gifted and so amiable was called away from the family circle and the associations of friendship just at the springtime of life. But there are sunbeams, too, to
relieve the gloom and sadness which naturally settle down on our spirits as we turn over its pages. The parents who possessed and lost such a daughter are at once to be congratulated and commiserated. We congratulate them that they ever possessed such a child; we commiserate them because the possession was so soon removed from them. And yet this treasure is not lost to them; she is still theirs, though held by them under different conditions-conditions of greater safety and blessedness than could ever have been known had she remained to fulfil the whole course of her earthly existence.
The Recollections and Remains of Miss Cocks form especially a suitable work for our young lady readers, and to them we give it a word of sincere commendation.
Laura Linwood : or, the Price of an Accomplishment. By the Author of
“ The White Cross and Dove of Pearls." London: Hodder and
Stoughton. 1875. This is a volume of great interest, and may be read with advantage by parents whose children have yet to be educated. The dangers depicted on its pages no doubt exist, and in bringing up children we fear principle is often sacrificed for accomplishments by those of whom we should expect better things. Religious parents who are tempted in this direction may learn from “Laura Linwood " a salutary lesson.
Brought Home. By the Author of "Nelly's Dark Days," &c. Houlston and
Sons. 1875. KNOWING by whose pen this tale is written, our readers will expect to find it of thrilling interest and useful moral. Judging from its effect upon our own mind we can confidently say that they will not be disappointed. It has, if anything, too painful a character for our taste. It has been written for what we call the better classes of society—the educated, the refined, the religious ; and for the sake of the salutary influence we hope may attend its perusal we desire for it a circulation as wide as the author's previous works have obtained.
The Temperance Reformation and its Claims upon the Christian Church. A
Prize Essay. By the Rev. JAMES SMITH, M.A. London: Hodder and
Stoughton. 1875. We reserve for a future number an extended notice of this valuable work.
The Letters of Philip Wimple to his Cousin Simon who lives in the Country, on
the State Church. Elliot Stock. We have here a right racy pamphlet, whoever the writer may be. Plain language and hard arguments are used in it, but it is creditably free from acrimony. We trust it will be widely read among all our cousins, whether they live in the country or in the town, and we cannot but anticipate therefrom a salutary result. Many who are halting between two opinions on the question of Separation of Church and State will probably be brought to decision on the right side ; while many, at present advocating their union will be enlightened, convinced, and ultimately converted from the error of their way.
Memoirs and Recent Deaths.
ECCLES, NEAR MANCHESTER. MARY SUSANNAH ANDREW, wife of Alfred Andrew, was the eldest daughter of the late Rev. Thomas Waterhouse, a much esteemed and loved minister of the Methodist New Connexion. She was born at Halifax in the year 1821. Naturally amiable she early entered into the spirit of her father's work, and much of the simplicity of purpose which characterised his life was reproduced in his daughter. She was not accustomed to refer to any precise time as the date of her conversion. Home influences, favourable associations, and Gospel teaching, in connection with the Holy Spirit's influence, were the means of drawing her heart toward God and leading her to consecrate her young life to the Saviour's service. As the flower opens to the sun, so her heart opened to the Sun of Righteousness. When she had testimony to give, she would say, “I know in whom I have believed.” Being justified by faith she had peace with God. The purity and benevolence of her life showed clearest evidence of her obedience to the spiritual reign,
It being the purpose of her parents to qualify her for the position of a governess, she was favoured with an exceptionally liberal education, and this, acting upon a superior mental organisation, continued to be to her a source of power and blessing. She had intellectual competency to fit her for interesting social intercourse ; but those who knew her best were most impressed by the warm lovingness of her nature. The desire to do good was a controlling power of her life ; she had the strong sympathy which enabled her readily to enter into the state of those about her, rejoicing with those who rejoice and weeping with those who weep. As an illustration of this feature of her life it may be mentioned that a man and woman to whom she had rendered great service came to see her in her last illness, and, believing their cottage to be situated in one of the healthiest parts of the country, strongly pressed her to go and stay with them, for, they said, “she was to us in our trouble as an angel of mercy.” She had the intellectual and moral qualities, the Christian spirit and lady-like deportment, which commanded respect and gave her influence for good wherever she was placed. From her youth, as opportunity offered, she was engaged in Sunday school, mission and other work for the Church. She spent several happy years in connection with our schools at Ashton-under-Lyne, while keeping the house of her brothers in that town. On her marriage her residence placed her within a mile and a half of our chapel at Failsworth. At that time the interest there was very feeble, and the few friends connected with it having lost hope had thought to give it up. Incited by her mother-in-law (the late Mrs. Andrew, of Woodhouses) she proposed to her husband to attempt its resuscitation. She looked to God to own and bless the effort. For a con siderable length of time, though she had to walk a mile and a half on one of the worst of country roads, every Sunday morning at nine o'clock found her promptly at her post. Removal and family duties interfered for a time with her Sunday-school work, but not with her regular attendance at the public and private means of grace. On her settlement at Newton Heath she at once joined our church at Culcheth, and in several ways gave herself to active service to promote its prosperity. She applied her energy to the first as well as subsequent efforts for the reduction of the debt on the chapel, At the time the Rev. G. Grundy was in the Circuit, chiefly by his kindly pressure she consented to undertake to form a class of young persons, which soon nambered upwards of twenty members, many of whom continue with us to this day. She was also appointed by its unanimous request to a very numerous adult class in the school, which she continued to teach until compelled to retire by declining health. This decline so set in as to resist all attempts to arrest it. In the hope that change of situation might contribute to her restoration her family removed to Eccles. For a time she appeared better, and began to cherish the hope that in connection with our genial and flourishing Church there a new sphere of usefulness might be opened to her. But Providence ordered otherwise. The disease which had slumbered a short time soon reasserted its power, and gradually she sank under it. During her last year of illness she was frequently the subject of a painful physical depression most hard to bear. But whatever the languor of the day, when evening came and gathered her family about her, for the time her energy seemed to rally almost to the point of health, and the shadow for the brief time was partially lifted from the household. She sometimes said her mercies were a temptation to her, for she felt the ties of family, relatives, Church associations, and friends to be very binding upon her, and it seemed hard to look to the prospect of leaving them; but she was able to conclude the Lord's way is best, and meekly, and even sometimes cheerfully, to bow to His will. During her illness the members and friends of our church at Eccles were exceedingly attentive and affectionate to her. The ministers of the Circuit discharged the high and holy duty of Christian pastors, and she was sustained and cheered by the communion of many good Christians from other Churches. Shortly before her death the doctor advised her removal to Lytham in the hope of temporary renovation. She bore the journey there well, and on Monday, when her husband left her in the care of her daughter, she was sure she felt better. On the Thursday following Mr. Jabez Waterhouse, her youngest brother, went down to see her. They had pleasant and cheerful conversation together concerning religious things and friends in the better land. After prayer she retired to rest. She had a disturbed night, and in the morning seemed inclined to sleep. About eleven o'ciock she awoke and proposed to dress. Her daughter advised her to rest a little longer. She leaned back for this purpose, but was not, for God had taken her. Thus, by the most gentle of transitions, on June 18, 1875, at the age of fifty-four years, did she enter the eternal rest.
Two or three additional observations will help to a more complete view of her life. Its value is not to be estimated by its uncommon events or striking details, but rather by the quiet and yet blessed influence which constantly flowed from it.
Those who had the privilege of intercourse with Mrs. Andrew could hardly fail to be impressed with her superior natural gifts. She had a sanguine, nervous temperament, clear perceptive faculties, vigorous reasoning powers, an active imagination, a keen appreciation and enjoyment of the humorous, a ready flow of language, and these gifts, improved by culture, enabled her to throw much animation and pleasure into the social circle. It was mentally stimulating and refreshing to be in her company. The hours of social intercourse, so far as she could give them direction, were marked by interest and profit.
Allusion has been already made to the spirit of kindness which ruled her life. It was blessed for her to give. Whether in succouring those in distress, or in showing friendly regard to the feeble and discouraged, or in seeking to engage the interest of the young, she had a genuine pleasure in doing good. She was given to hospitality ; loved to make others happy in ber home. She was generous in the use of such means as she had, and had Providence given her very large means, there cannot be a doubt they would have been willingly shared with others, and would have been so applied as to have shed gladness in many homes. She had warm appreciation of ministerial excellence, and was not slow in giving it such encouraging recognition as was possible to her position.
Nor must it be thought that her loving service for nthers led to the