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that she sets erery member to work ; but of the Gospel among the Jews. It contains even Methodists might learn much from not only most cheering details of Missionthese glowing pages. Our author strongly work for the Jews in all lands, but a objects to paid Evangelists, though he number of sensible, well-written papers on admits the reasonableness of paying Bible-teaching with respect to the future Pastors. We wonder he does not see the of Israel and kindred subjects. The cover imperativeness of some men being set which has been recently adopted, with its apart to the former office. And while mottoes and symbolic pictures, gives the there exists the awkward necessity that paper a very attractive appearance. All every man must eat, the Church ought to interested in God's ancient people and provide bread for those whom she exclu- what Christian would like to confess he is sively employs, whether in evangelistic or not ?-should read the Herald, and support, pastoral work.
as far as possible, the noble work for which We heartily endorse the author's vehe- it pleads. ment deprecations of the system of substituting money contributions for personal The Erangelist and Pastor. Being the labour. Christians,' he says, 'instead of Autobiography and Reminiscences of letting loose upon the world the whole the Rev. Joseph Whitehead, Wesleyan membership of the body of Christ, think Minister London : Elliot Stock. The that the victory may be secured by telling life-story of one who has had a protracted off a mere fraction of their number to and prosperous term of service amid the bear the brunt of the battle, supported by shifting scenes of a Methodist Minister's a voluntary assessment imposed upon those life, cannot fail to possess many points of who stay behind. If they give of their interest. The volume is enlivened by substance to the spread of the Gospel, they reminiscences of some well-known and may give their time and their talents to some less-known worthies with whom the the business, the politics, and the amuse- author has become acquainted in the course ments of a present world. The evil lies, of his travels. Mr. Whitehead has however, not in the voluntary assessment, evidently gone through the world with his but in neglecting the weightier matters of eyes open; and this record may be taken as personal service. There are some wonder- à fair sample of many a thoroughly fully wise remarks on the spirit and man- earnest, wide-awake Preacher's life. ner in which Christians should devote their money to God. The chapter on Corban Scriptural Marks of a True Believer, is 'especially good.
By the Rev. F. A._c. Lillingstone. It is impossible in our limited space to London : William Hunt and Co.do adequate justice to the whole of this This is a pungent and vigorous book. The remarkable book. In spite of some sweep- chapters on Jesus Precious and Doing
the ing assertions, which he generally con- Will of God, are very noteworthy. The tradicts in the next breath, and a few of author's tone and spirit remind us of the extravagances which it is so difficult, Fletcher of Madeley, though there is no for any one who feels intensely, to avoid, reason to suppose any special acquaintance this is a most practically sensible, as well with his works. as stimulating treatise, which we earnestly recommend to all Christians and Christian Stories that come True. By Prudentia. workers, deploring with Mr. Gall that London : Strahan and Co.-We sappose the terms are not synonymous. The value these tre called Stories that come true of the book is greatly enhanced by three because they will help to make their little very striking addresses, given in the readers true and good themselves. They appendix : on The Bible the Chief Instru- are written in a remarkably original and ment of Evangelism ; Youth the Ther- charmingly interesting style. Some are mopyla of Missions ; and The Whole very lively, others really pathetic ; Church brought into Action. These teach, in a simple, pleasant manner, some have appeared in a separate form, and they great practical truth. deserve to be circulated by thousands. We have not space for a thorough examination Randon Sketches. By the Rev. Arthur of the peculiar theological hypothesis of Mursell. the book.
A Guilty Conscience. By Emilie
Search field. F. E. Longley's Fireside The Jewish Herald and Record of Chris. Series—These are lively and attractive tian Work among the Jews. London: The little volumes, inside and out, and belong Society's Office, Great Russell Street.- to the right class of cheap literature for This excellent little magazine is the organ the million, of the British Society for the Propagation
OBITUARIES. ELIZA REED GYNN, of the Launceston the world.' To her friends, who wept at Circuit, daughter of Mr. William Gynn, their approaching loss, she said : *You of Tresmarrow, was born in 1849. From must rejoice, not weep. I am extremely May, 1868, she was more or less a sufferer. happy.' About two years before her death she was God wondrously carried on His work of very much impressed by a sermon on The grace in her soul. Her joy in the Holy Wedding Garment, preached by the Ghost was a “joy unspeakable and full of Vicar of Tremaine. This seemed to awaken glory.' her soul to a sense of her sin and danger. She found much comfort in God's Word, The following Sunday morning she at- especially in John xv. She also delighted tended the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper in the hymns, 'Just as I am, etc.,'and. My at Tremaine Church, and felt those impres- God, and Father, etc.'; indeed, the latter sions deepened. This led to much prayer was among her latest atterances. She would and an earnest desire for salvation. She, eagerly ask from her mother and sisters with her family, had been a diligent at- (whom she had induced also to attend the tendant on the services of the Established chapel) all they could tell about sermons, Church, and she still went to her accus- etc. She was full of praise. Often would tomed place of worship. There also she she exclaim : • Praise the Lord ! His attended the Sacramental Service, hoping loving, everlasting arms are round me! 0, thereby to gain relief, but in vain. She I am so happy! She said to her loved remained a seeker after God. About May, ones, as they stood around her: 'I shall set 1874, her complaint became more serious, a light in the window for you !! She and she expressed a desire to converse with begged them all to join the Class. the Rev. T. B. Butcher, whom she had heard During the latter part of her illness speak on a few occasions. Mr. Butcher she became increasingly anxious for the repeatedly visited her, and his visits were conversion of her family and friends. mach blessed. She subsequently became a Referring to a Tract issued from our
regular attendant at the Wesleyan Chapel, Book-Room: Father's Little Darling ; or, ; although at first this change was not 'Only through the Bars,' which one of the faroured by her friends.
Ministers had left, she entreated her near Shortly after Mr. Butcher's removal relatives never to let the bars be between from the Circnit the Lord spoke peace to
them. She could not rest till all had promher soul, quietly, in her own habitation, ised to give themselves, without delay, She had been pleading long for liberty, to Christ. And then it seemed as though and at length it came ; a calm pervaded all was complete. Every member of her her soul, and she seemed almost to hear the family having solemnly engaged to be the voice of a reconciled God. She was enabled Lord's, and four, at least, to unite with penitently to rest on Christ, and assurance God's people forthwith, she seemed content;
of pardon came through His atoning blood. her cup of joy was fuli. • Prom that time to her death she never lost The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
the sense of her acceptance with God was administered to her and most of the through Christ, though she was troubled family, with one or two friends; and the at times with doubts, fears, questions, and season was one of great delight and deep perplexities. One by one all vanished, spiritual bliss. The following Sunday, under the counsel of Christian friends and when the writer of these lines saw her, the light of the Spirit of God.
she was clearly in the Benlah land, joyHer name was enrolled in Mrs. Pethy- fully, blessedly, waiting the summons of bridge's Class, although her ill-health the Lord! For three more days she tarried never permitted her to attend ; and while among us, to show how deep and real the Class met, she joined in spirit, and was and full of joy the religion of Jesus is. refreshed thereby, though confined at home. At length the gates swung slowly but She often expressed great joy in Sacra- wide open, on December 16th, 1874, and mental Services and much profit from the the spirit of this beloved sister passed visits of Ministers and others. She said, triumphantly through. on the departure of one : The Lord knew A relative (a barrister) writes : 'In life, I needed help just then, and sent him.' she won the admiration, respect, and love
Her disease (consumption) steadily grew of all by whom she was known ; in death, worse, compelling her, about two months she has left a bright testimony of a sure before her death, to keep her room, and a and certain hope of heaven. few weeks later her bed. She was a patient last end be like hers.' sufferer. She said to a relative : 'I would Her Class Leader writes : During one not exchange my present condition for of my visits to her, she said how graciously what I was seven or eight years ago, for God had altered the projected course of her
life, by afflicting her just at the time when the world had special charms for her and she was most in danger of being ensnared by its fashions. After she had trusted in Christ for pardon, her first difficulty arose from the suggestion that it was presumption to think God would accept the remnant of her life; she felt as if He must regard it as cowardly and unjust to give herself to Him with failing strength, after withholding her heart in vigorous health. But when she saw that pain and weakness were God-sent messengers to win her heart, and that His love is infinite, she dismissed the doubt. She became a most diligent learner at Christ's feet. I can never forget the eagerness with which she would ask questions as to the spiritual life and its fruits, and about Christian duties; and how every remark was self-applied, and her experience rigidly tested by it. An exquisite tenderness of conscience and jealousy over herself, lest in anything she should be unlike Christ or belie her profession, were marked features in her. She set the Christian standard high, and was constantly aiming and praying to rise to it. I especially remember one conversation with her, when she enquired what was her duty in matters of dress, etc., saying: "You know this has been a snare to me, but I want to be all given up to Christ, outside as well as in heart." Her keen delight in spiritual converse was most refreshing, and she evidently grew in grace and all spiritual knowledge day by day; yet still she longed for full power over sin and perfect trust in her perfect Saviour. About a month before her death I found her in blessed possession of all she had desired. "O, the peace, the deep peace God gives me!" she said. "I live, yet not I: no, Eliza Gynn is dead and gone; Christ has the keys," alluding to one of Daniel Quorm's expressions. "I want all around to know the Lord's goodness to me. He has opened my lips to speak for Him, and has given me liberty. Precious, loving Saviour!" I referred to a recent sermon on, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain," and quoted the observation, that "Death is only a gloomy porch to a glorious palace." "But," she said, "I don't think of the gloomy porch, I only think of the palace. God has taken away all fear; the everlasting arms are around me." She had a very affectionate heart, and this, sanctified by grace, made her character very beautiful. She keenly appreciated the loving attentions of all, repeating her thanks again and again. Her intense anxiety that all whom she loved should serve Jesus in health, and join her in heaven, was most touching. The last month of her life she seemed on the very verge of
heaven. Her grasp of Christ was so firm, her faith so realizing, her peace and joy so deep, that one could not be with her without feeling how solid her foundation was. I saw her the last morning she lived. She said: "I am so weak that I cannot say much, but the peace and joy don't leave It is such solid peace!" She spoke about her funeral, etc. She said: "I once enjoyed and valued outward ornaments and no one more so"; then her face looked radiant in the thought of her Christian adorning and her bridal dress in heaven. Then she said she sometimes feared she might have spiritual struggles in death. I told her how tenderly God regarded our fears and warded off evil; she replied: "I won't fear again; for Jesus says, 'I will never leave thee.' "This weary body is all happy," she said, at the Sacra mental Service. About two hours after this she passed away.'
Another friend writes thus: "One Tues day evening, when we called to see her, she welcomed us very cordially, but just before we left she said very sweetly, "Pleas don't be annoyed with me, but I had rather see you on some other evening than Tuesday; it is Mrs. Pethybridge's Class night, and though I cannot be present. know she and the members are praying for me, and I spend the hour in praying and reading, and I find it helps me very much. At another time she said: "I think some times how useless I have been: I only be gan to serve Christ when my life was pass ing away. I ought to be very patien and gentle now, so as to show my love to Jesus." She would often express herself feeling sorry she was not so patient in het weakness and pain as she would like though no one ever heard a murmur escape her lips, and she had always a grateful word and smile for any service rendered her. Some months before her death she said: "I have been reading about a girl who was ill of consumption, as I am, and who seemed to be very happy, and when she was asked about her feelings, always said: 'O, I am very happy, I have no fear of death!' but when death came she found she had been deceiving herself, by trusting in her feelings instead of on Christ." M Gynn then said anxiously: "You do no think I am deceiving myself, do you? I do want to trust in Jesus alone! I want to be fully His, sanctified to Him." This desire was realized.
JABEZ JAMES HANCOCK, of the Tun stall Circuit, was a fair specimen of a some what numerous class of men who have made their way upwards from humble circumstances till they have won a good position in the Church of Christ, and in social life.
Men of this type practically solve the problem,'How we may do best for both worlds ?' Their temporal advancement is plainly traceable to that strict Christian principle, which in the end generally proves to be the best policy even for this life, whilst it prepares the spirit for the life to come. There is not a manufacturing centre in the kingdom where Methodism has not helped to develop men of this class. While she has, in the first instance, been the means of communicating to them the saving benefits of Christ's Gospel, and has afforded them ample scope for the exercise of their talents, she has in return been aided and strengthened by their openhanded liberality and their self-denying
labours. Examples illustrative of the truth 1 of these remarks have abounded in the
Staffordshire Potteries. All who know the early history, the business life, and the religions character of Jabez James Hancock, will feel no hesitation in placing him among this honourable number.
Before he had finished his apprenticeship as a pottery-turner, God met him in mercy and made him a happy partaker of saving religion. His conversion was clear and well-defined, and he soon began to make his value felt among the people who had been the means of leading him to the Saviour. For a few years he continued to gain his living by manual toil. It then became apparent that he had considerable aptitude for business. His necessary contact with his fellow-workmen angmented his knowledge of men and things. Possessing a full share of strong, manly sense, combined with a keen discrimina. tion of character, and a sterling, though somewhat stern integrity, it was quite evident that he would make a valuable man to take a leading part in the complex daties of manager of a pottery manufactory. An offer of partnership presented itself, and the respectable position which the firm in which he was a partner has long maintained affords pleasing proof that his abilities had been rightly estimated.
While proving himself to be a good man of business, he did not allow the press of temporal duties so to absorb him as to leave no time for the service of his Master in heaven. Having early won the position of an accredited Local Preacher, he laboured in that department of Christian service with great diligence and acceptance. He carefully prepared for the pulpit. Possessing a strong memory, he gathered materials with great readiness from men and books, reproduced them in his own form, and having stamped them with the impress of his own vigorous mind, he delivered his sermons in a spirit of devout earnestness. In preaching he took great
delight; and sometimes his pulpit efforts produced a profound impression, and were followed with saving results. A few years before the end of his life, when a slight paralytic seizure forbade him for a time to engage in this beloved employ, he felt the Word of the Lord to be like fire in his bones, and longed to be able again to make known the saving truths of Christ's Gospel to his fellow-men.
He faithfully served the Church of his choice in most of the offices which men of his abilities command. In so doing he often had to make sacrifices of domestic comfort and valuable time. Any attempt to damage Methodism in the town or Cir. cuit filled him with holy indignation, and usually called forth his most vigorous and determined opposition. Men in high social position, at such times, have been made to quail before his scathing rebukes, or have withdrawn from the conflict full of shame and chagrin, while he merci. lessly tore their fallacies to fragments, or quietly exposed the sectarian character of their schemes. The Tunstall Circuit has during the last thirty years been gradually developing, and has now attained to considerable vigour ; and as it has thrice been the sphere of the present writer's labours, he has a personal knowledge of not a few of the efforts and sacrifices of J. J. Hancock to subserve its interests. The Circuit, during that time, has been blest with not a few able and useful men; and, without attempting any invidious distinction, it may be safely said that no one has exerted a greater influence in it for good than the subject of this sketch.
That the character of our departed brother had its sharp angles and its stern aspects will be readily admitted by all who knew him. Sometimes, in the course of warm debate, these came out with almost crashing and withering effect; though he evidently meant to do right. If he thought the end proposed was wrong, or the means used to secure it were unfair, he would rise like a Samson and smite his opponents hip and thigh. And yet even at such times he usually swayed the decisions of the meeting more by the known excellency of his character and the purity of his intentions, than by his scathing utterances. Those who knew him most intimatelyand few have known him more closely than the writer-can attest that he was as sound in principle and as pure in motive as he was vigorous in mind and sometimes stern in manner.
When his strong frame was shaken by a slight stroke of paralysis, and his pulpit efforts and other public duties had to be largely curtailed, a mellowed tone was given to his piety, a holy calm overspread
his spirit, and many indications
were given In answer to his mother's prayers, the of a ripening for his heavenly home. At gracious influences of the Holy Spirit were the age of fifty-one, on November 4th, given to the fatherless boy; and to the 1876, he passed away.
G. A. P. day of his death he cherished grateful
recollections of her care in taking him to MR. HENRY RICHARDSON died at Hartle- the Class-meetings and Prayer meetings pool, November 1st, 1876. Mr. Richard- in very early life. son enjoyed a clear sense of God's forgiv- At the age of sixteen he left home to ing love, and walked in His fear and the reside with his uncle, Mr. Riggall, of comfort of the Holy Ghost. He was de Ulceby; and whilst there the good seed votedly attached to the doctrines and of the kingdom, sown by his mother, discipline of Wesleyan-Methodism. His
sprang up and brought forth fruit. In very love for the Church, and his eager January, 1837, he was brought to religions zeal to promote its welfare, seemed to give decision ander a sermon preached in the a stern aspect to him in the position he Alford Chapel by the late Charles Richardsometimes felt it his duty to assume ; but son, 'the Lincolnshire Thrasher.' There underneath there was a kind and tender and then he cried to the Lord for mercy; heart. He sustained all the offices in and, before leaving, was enabled to rejoice which a layman can serve Methodism, with in the God of his salvation. the exception of that of a Local Preacher. In 1864 he removed to New Leake, in During his last illness he was graciously the Wainfleet Circuit, where he remained supported by the Divine Presence. He until his death, in 1876. During the last was often humbled before God, and con- ten years of his life he filled the offices of fessed himself unworthy of the least of His Society-steward and Treasurer of the Sunmercies, but was enabled to triumph in the day-school; and as a Steward was found Atonement. On a Sabbath afternoon a faithful. From conversion to death, & few weeks before his death, he desired to period of forty years, he retained a clear partake of the Lord's Supper with a few sense of his acceptance with God. He was of his friends. The Lord filled the room esteemed by all who knew him. He was with His glorious Presence. Our dying an affectionate husband, a sincere friend, brother exclaimed: 'O the precious blood a good neighbour, and a loyal disciple of of my Lord Jesus Christ !' and then, the Lord Jesus Christ,
M.R. lifting his almost fleshless hands toward heaven, he prayed that the Church might MR. ROBERT FEATHERSTONE was born be preserved, and that all present might at Commondale, near Guisborough, in the meet in heaven. He was a true man, a year 1794, and died at Skelton, in Clere loyal Methodist, who lived, prayed, and land, where the later years of his life were contributed of his substance to promote spent. His
early life was carefully watched the Church's welfare.
over by godly parents, who endeavoured to ROBERT HAWORTH. train him for heaven; and at the age of
seventeen, after returning from a LoreMR. WILLIAM BAILEY GILBERT was feast at Guisborough, he gave his heart to born at West Ville, Lincolnshire, May 4th, God. From this time until his death he 1820. He was favoured with the rich was a consistent member of the Wesleyan heritage of pious ancestry. His parents Church, were consistent members of the Wesleyan- The testimony of all who knew him is
, Methodist Society ; and his grandfather, that he was an Israelite indeed'; he John Gilbert, was for many years a Local walked circumspectly before the world, and Preacher, and was honoured with the maintained a conscience void of offence friendship of the Rev. John Wesley, who toward God, and toward men.' As the respent several nights under his roof at sult of a firm faith in a loving Saviour, Wrangle. The old Wesleyan chapel at followed by a holy life, his end was peaceWrangle was built by Mr. John Gilbert, ful and triumphant. Almost his last words who was removed to the better land when were, 'Praise God from Whom all blessings William was only four months old. His flow, etc.' On January 29th, 1877, bis devoted mother faithfully trained him in spirit took its flight to the better land. 'the norture and admonition of the Lord.'
W. H. E.
HAZELL, WATSON, AND VINEY, PRINTERS, LONDON AND AYLESBURY.