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tion of Future Punishment. By the late Rev. Abraham Scott. Third edition. With Preface by the Rev. W. Cooke, D.D. Sheffield : The General Printing Com. pany.
1879. The Sermons put the usual arguments on their subject concisely and popularly ; and we say, with Dr. Cooke, . we know of no work of the same class, and with the same brevity, equally adapted to convince the gainsayer, and to strengthen, stablish and settle the Christian in the faith of the Gospel. '— The Thoughts dwell particularly upon the consequences of disbelief in the eternity of future punishment. Both are useful little tractates.
Daniel Quorm and his Religious Notions. First Series. By Mark Guy Pearse. Fifty-first Thousand. London:
Wesleyan Conference Office. 1879.-Daniel Quorm needs no recommendation from us. The fifty thousand copies now in circulation prove its widespread popularity. This new and cheaper edition (the price is only eighteen pence) should place it in the hands of all Methodists. We are glad that Mr. Tresidder's capital illustrations are retained. Every one would be sorry to lose his perfect portraits of Dan'el himself, Widow Pascoe, Jim Tregoning, Granny and Frankey.
Ben Owen : A Lancashire Story. By Mrs. Perrett. London : Elliot Stock. -A thoroughly good story for working men and boys, written in a fine spirit, and conveying high, pare moral lessons, not without a touch of humour intermingled with the true pathos. It is very original, and unlike the ordinary run of tale-books.
OBITUARIES. On September 4th, 1876, at Stanningley, he gave in these weekly meetings. They in the Leeds Bramley Circuit, WILLIAM were indeed quiet resting-places,' where FIRTH passed away from the toils of the souls of the saints were graciously earth to the triumph of heaven.
refreshed. He never neglected to visit He was born in the year 1813, at Bierley, those of whom he had the charge, and in the Birstal Circuit; and, when quite a consequently he had seldom to report youth, thoughtfully gave his heart to God. backsliders. This deliberate choice he ever tenaciously In the many and different offices which maintained. Of a quiet, retiring disposi he held as Trustee, Treasurer of several tion, he was never demonstrative in his funds, Society and Chapel Steward, Sunontward professions ; but he cherished a day-school Superintendent, etc., he was strong attachment to the Church of his most efficient, and rendered signal service choice, and was prepared at all times to to Methodism. The present prosperity of stand by his Christian friends.
the Church in Stanningley owes much to In the terrible strife of 1849, when the his piety and devoted labours. Nor should Stanningley Society was rent asunder, and we omit to mention that for thirty reduced from nearly two hundred members years his house was a home for the to thirty-four, and the chapel was almost Ministers. deserted, kis firmness, courtesy and honour About a fortnight before his death, as were seen to advantage. He was always he knelt in his accustomed place during a Christian gentleman. With the few the Sunday evening Prayer-meeting, he who remained steadfast to Methodism he was seized with sudden illness. From that was a tower of strength, and amid calamny he never recovered, and in the course of a and persecution he quietly worked on and few days he became rapidly worse. He was graciously spared to see the return of retained consciousness to the last, and gave bright and prosperous daye. His princi- joyous assurances of firm confidence in ples upheld him, and he infused spirit into Christ his Saviour. When dying, and unothers who were occasionally downhearted able to speak, he moved his hand in token and faint.
of blessed triumph. He read and studied the Scriptures and His funeral was attended by a large conwas most intimate with Wesley's hymns. course of friends from the entire neighHis attendance at the means of grace was bourhood, and numbers from other denomiexemplary for punctuality, regularity and nations were also present. He was justly devotion.
honoured and beloved by all who knew As a Class Leader he greatly excelled. him, and his name will long be'as ointAt the time of his death he had fifty mem ment poured forth,' bers in his two Classes. Blessed testimony
I. O. is borne to the instruction and help which
DIED at Sunderland, on November 21st, A tendency to disease of the langs was 1876, DOROTHY, the beloved wife of Alder: hereditary in her parents' family, and, man Robert BROWN, aged sixty-five. She during the severe easterly winds which was a daughter of Mr. Stephen Watson, prevailed on the north-east coast during formerly of Weardale, who sprang from a the spring of the year 1876, she caught Methodist stock of Wesley's days. Coming cold, which called this tendency into to Sunderland in youth, he was long known action. During her long, distressing ill
. there as one of the chief standard-bearers ness no murmur ever escaped her lips
. of Methodism in the generation now al- It is the Lord ; let Him do what seemeth most gone. Carefully trained by a godly Him good,' was the sentiment that perfather, Miss Watson became in very early vaded all her references to it. Her anlife the subject of religious impressions ; wavering confidence in her Redeemer and and was a sincere Christian when married her apclouded hope of fatare blessedness at the age of twenty-one.
gave serenity to her countenance and an For many years Mrs. Brown was an
unfading glow to her conversation. With active and useful Class Leader, and her no sorrowful feeling other than that of talents eminently fitted her for this depart- leaving loved ones on earth, she received ment of labour. Rich in her acquaintance from her medical attendant the announcewith Wesleyan hymnology, with a sweet ment that all human aid was unavailing; voice for song and ready atterance, the and thenceforth her attitude was simply Class-meeting seemed to be a sphere for that of quiet waiting. This serene calm which she was peculiarly adapted. But -as of a still summer eve—was the more frequent illness and inability to endure impressive, as ber natural temperament was fatigue rendered it necessary that she sanguine and jubilant : it was not the dull should deprive herself of the pleasure, and quietude of physical languor nor of mental the Church of the benefit, of more active weariness, but the placid stillness of work. Not the less, however, did she faith, continue to take a deep interest in the sac- Up to within a few days of her death cess of other labourers ; while the beauty she could give attention to connected of her character, as a private Christian, thought; and hoar after bour, night after and her gentle and genial disposition, were night, she listened to the loving voices of felt and enjoyed in the domestic and social those who knew no higher pleasure than, circle. Here her tenacious memory was by interesting the mind, to alleviate the ready, at any moment, to furnish the
dates suffering of the body. The hymns of the and facts of European history, the genealo- Churches, the liturgy of the Church of gies of the reigning dynasties, or quota- England, the obituaries of the faithful, the tions from her favourite poets ; varied by early labours of Wesley's itinerants in ancestral tales and personal adventure, England and America, the Lives of Thomas which she was wont to relate with amusing Aquinas, Baxter, Kitto and others, by and characteristic naïveté. Gifted be- turns, contributed to cheer her. But the yond the average with conversational time came when attention languished. ability, she was nerer unprepared for an Her weakness gradually increased, and exchange of thought on the Scriptural therewith the inability to obtain relief records, or Christian experience, or evan. from the bronchial irritation attendant gelistic saccesses, or other more general apon her affliction. Then followed hours topics ; not excluding even politics and the of intense anguish. Still, not a murmur miscellaneous movements of the busy escaped her. Her voice, through weakworld. Occasionally she grasped the poet's ness, had for a few days been reduced to lyre, and sang, in strains that have kindled A whisper ; but now, as if aroused to cona response in many hearts, of the love of
flict, it suddenly regained its rigoar. The Jesus and His redeeming work.
distinctly enunciated words, 'Crossing the Numbered among the happy few who river,' told her conscious entrance upon ever aspire after those higher enjoyments the mortal struggle. Her family knelt of religion which, in a piece entitled weeping by her bed. The lines commencBeulah, she sought to delineate, it is ing Who in Jesus confide'-oft apon ber hardly needful to add that she foand in lips in health-were evidently passing matured piety how truly the poet bad read through her mind. Unbeard, the thoughts the operations of the Christian heart when glided until, reaching the concluding line, he wrote:
her pent emotions barst forth in firm and Now let me gain perfection's height, joyous acclaim— Outfly all the arrons of Now let me into nothing fall;
death.' These were her last words. A Be less than nothing in Thy sight,
brief slumber followed-another short And feel that Christ is all in all l' struggle and then eternal rest. R. B.
HAZELL, WATSON, AND VINEY, PRINTERS, LONDON AND AYLESBURY.
MEMOIR OF THE REV. JOHN RANDERSON:
BY THE REV. R. STAINTON ELLIS,
The Rev. John RANDERSON died at Watford on the 30th of December, 1878, the third year of his ministry in that Circuit. One of the three Dissenting Ministers who attended his funeral said to the present writer : Mr. Randerson had got a wonderful hold of this town: all denominations regarded him with affection, and his death is felt as a great public loss.' *
This general regret was an impressive tribute to eminent godliness. Here was a Minister, distinguished by no very extraordinary talents or learning, followed to the grave with extraordinary lamentations in a town which had known him only a little more than two years! What are mere intellectual endowments or scholarly acquirements in comparison with religious attainments or practical usefulness ! Surely, if monuments are erected for men of genius, much more should memorials be raised to men of piety, whose character is a thing of moral beauty, and whose labours are rich in blessing to mankind.
Like most Ministers who have attained distinction, Mr. Rınderson was the son of remarkably religious parents. When the Rev. John Burdsall gave him ' a note on trial,' for membership in the Wesleyan-Methodist Society, he said : “You have sprung from a good root; no doubt many prayers have been offered for you, and they are now about to be accomplished.' At that time (1828), his father was the respected and zealous Leader of two Classes connected with Grosvenor Street Chapel, Manchester, where he and his godly wife faithfully served the cause of Christ to the end of their days. John, born in September, 1806, was solemnly dedicated to God in baptism. Brought up ' in the nurture and admonition of the Lord,' he was from early life conscientiously truthful and virtuous. At the London Road Sunday-school he rose, as he states, from the lowest class to the highest.' His teacher was one Samuel Joynson, who, though only a working cabinet-maker, could read the Bible in Hebrew, and gave lessons in that sacred language to John Randerson. When only eight years of age, our friend was the subject of deep religious impressions, which often constrained him to retire to search the Scriptures with earnest prayer. Indeed,' he says, 'I always wished to be
While preparing this Memoir we are deeply moved by information of the premature death of this esteemed Minister, the Rev. F. W. Goadby, M. A., Pastor of Beech Grove Baptist Chapel. He was comparatively young, remarkably gifted, and greatly beloved by his large and influential congregation.