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26 30 29 Mrs. Ambrose 2 0 0
Feb. 2 20 11 1 Master H. K. Olney 1 10 6
9 21 16 0 Mr. Dowsett 1 0 0
16 32 2 3 69 4 6 Collected at Paisley, per Rev. J. Crouch 4 1 0
£350 7 9 Received for College :-A Watch and Jewelery, per Mrs. Nichol.
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£ S. d. Mr. C, Potier
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2 0 0 B. H.. 0 2 0 Mr. W. Wood
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Per Rev. W. Osborne West Croydon Chapel 4 1 8 Mrs. Paine
0 10 0 Miss M. A. Candler 0 5 0 Little Kattie
0 10 Messrs. Pocock Brothers ... 5 5 0 Little David...
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0 12 0 W. S. W. 5 0 0 Rev. J. A. Wheeler
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010 Viss Bersie Tuck 0 10 0 Mr. J. Innocent
0 2 6 Miss Boobbyer 1 6 0 Mrs. Vinson...
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2 0 0 Infant Class, per Mr. Burbidge, Chipping Collected after Lectures, by Mr. Trapp,
1 0 Mundesley 2 4 0 Master C. B. White
0 12 9 Hughie and Cecil 5 0 0 Mrs. Maria Gooding
1 5 9 A Friend at Cambridge 4 0 0 Mr, Wigney...
1 5 0 Mr. Meadows 5 0 0 Mrs. Marshall
1 8 6 Mrs. Eastick 0 5 0 Mr. J. R. Waugh
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2 10 0 Mr. J. C. Grimes 1 1 0 Mr. and Mrs. Heath
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1 1 0 Mrs. Allbury 0 2 6 Sir John McLeod
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List of Presents for the Orphanage.-PROVISIONS :—120 Eggs, Miss Janet Ward.
FOR BAZAAR :-Parcel from Miss L., Torquay.
Donations per Mr. Charlesworth :-Miss Dimmack, 55. ; In Memory of Sydney, 5s.; Mrs. Alexander, for the Boys' (Hockheimer) Collecting Cards, £2 28.; Stamps, "J. S.” 58.; Waterbeach, £2. Boys' Cola lecting Cards :- Tatum, 4.. ld.; Plant, 4s, 2d.-Total £5 5s. 3d.
Orphan Boys' Quarterly Collecting Cards.-Alexander A. J., 6s 2d; Aves A., 10s; Apted F., 48 €; Abbey J., £1 ios; Ayres A., per Miss Fox, £1; Avenell H., 128 60; Austin, lls 9d; Baker J., 135 61 Ball C., 3s 10d ; Brooker H., 85 60; Bramble H., 14s 2d; Bailey C., 78 6d; Brownlie w., 7s 6; Brown J., 2s; Brightly C., £1; Bourne A., 4s 2d; Bligh F. G., 4s id; Bailey R , 12s; Brewer A., 10s; Brucklacher A., 2s 4d; Boraston J., 175 60 ; Barclay H., 12s 4d; Broadbridge W., 254d; Bray E., £1 6s; Brown Á., 6s; Brick E., 2s ; Brazendale J., 2s 6d ; Court R., 3s 60 ; Cockerton T., 5s; Coles G., £34s; Cook H., per Miss Hearson, 5s ; Collins H., per Miss Drake, 6s 3d ; Cox C., 2s 6d; Corke L., 9s 2d ; Coleman J., lls 3d ; Campbell C., lls; Chapman M., 5s; Conquest W., 5s; Cockerton A., 5s; Christmas J., £1 3s; Crisp, 8s; Clark W., 6s 2d; Davis G., 16s 6d; Dawsen T., 2s 3d ; Dunn J., 6s; Dean G., 2s 6d; Dunn C., 5s 8d; Dixon R., 58 8d ; Digby C., 68 2d; Daniels J., 6s 6d ; Dann W., Day A., 7s 8d; Deavin A., 83 3d; Davis A., 38 70 ; Dalby W., £1 13s; Ellis H., Is 6d; Edmunds B., 9s 2d; Emmet S., 45 ld; Evans T., 4s; Ellis G., 165 2d ; Eves G., 188; Fourness E., 11s Sd; Flemning G., 5s ; Fanner W., £1; Gatten J., 5s id; Graham A., £1 Os 4d; Glassborrow J., 128; Godsmark R., 135; Gregory B., 8s 2d; Hodge J., 6s; Herrief T., 3s; Hearn C., 1s Id; Hitchcox 8., 5s 10d ; Hart F., 12s; Hobson w., per Mrs. Dawbarn, 3s 9d; Hobbs W., 5s ; Hedges W., 17s 6d; Harper A., 10s; Horley B., 16s 6d; Harris A., 93 6d ; Hinckley J., 9s; Hanks J., 5s; Jones A. 6s 60; Jacobs A., 143; James E., 108 ; Jones A, C., 78'; Johnson G., 13s; Kentfield É , 4s; Latimer R., 105 4d; Ladds F. G., 2s 60 ; Leak F., 85 6d; Laker A., 14s; Lec E., 7s 6d; Maynard J., per Mrs. Dawbarn, 33 9d; Martin F., 17s 6d ; May G., 6s 6d; Mec M., 3s 10d ; Marsh H., ls 2d; Morley H., 6s 70; Mckenzie W., 178 6d; Mallet, 8s; Machin, 185 2d; Nicolé E., 195 4d; Okill W., 12% 60 ; Osman C., ils Ild; Osborn D., £l; Parker G., 10s; Plant E., 3s 8d; Passingham H., £1 Os 3d; Paice F., 5s; Parry L., 9s 60 ; Perry F., 48; Reed J. Os ; Roberts J., 2s 6d; Randall W., 14s 3d; Rogers W., 5s 5d; Rees J., 15s ; Robinson J., £1 0s 60 ; Smith H., 185 100 ; Smith R., 2s 3d ; Semark H., £1 7s 10d ; Simmons C., 5s; Saunders D., 3- 60 ; Schneider F., £1 183 70 ; Stratford W., 2s 3d; Stynes R., 3s 70 ; Smith H. W., 2s; Sharpe A., lls; Simmonds J., lis 7d; Simms W., £l; Simpson J., 78 4d i Spanswick G., 4s 7d ; Tiddy E., 8s 6d; Taylor R., 6d; Thornton H., 10s; Tanner, 4s 4d ; Thompson P., 5s 8d; Vickery T., 25 6d; White A., 105; Wheeler A., 2s 104 ; Walton E., 5s 100; Walton 11., los per Mr. Sawyer, £1 Os 6d ; Wood W., 12s 1d; Wooder G., £1 4s; Wiles W., 5s; Warman H., 58 6d; White A, 128; Wallbank W., 9s; Wilkinson G., 105; Wells W., 5s; Wingelí s., 145 ; Walker D., 16s 60 ; White W., 13s 3d ; Wheeler W., 9s ld; Williains T., Ms; Wood J., £l; Williams G., 28; Young W., 6s; T. Rossiter, 12s 7d; per Mary Aukland, £1 2s; E. Evans, ls 11d; Stratford, 138; C.'H. Davies, 10s. Total, £80 14s 8d.
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HAVE so often written the story of the Pastors' College at
the Metropolitan Tabernacle, that I do not feel it to be necessary to repeat it yet again. Success in preaching the gospel always leads on to further modes of service, and
every advance in holy enterprise renders a yet further advance needful. My ministry was blessed of God to the conversion of a gifted brother who commenced preaching; his education was defective ; I felt it to be my duty to help him to supplement it, none of the colleges at that time commended themselves to me as suitable for him, and therefore he was sent to a tutor for education. His progress encouraged me; other men presented themselves, they also were received, till at last the work grew into the Pastors' College. It was no project of mine, it grew without sound of my axe or hammer; grew because it could not be otherwise-God in his providence would have
The design from the first has been to instruct men who hare proved themselves able to preach the gospel. His call to the ministry is the first thing enquired into, and if it be not thought clear, the applicant is declined. Mistakes are doubtless made, for we are very fallible, but these do not arise from want of intense desire to help forward the chosen men, and to reject the incompetent and uncalled. It is quite beyond man's province or power to make a minister, all that he can do is to imitate the example of Priscilla and Aquila in the case of Apollos, and teach young men the way of God more perfectly. An earnest exhorter is all the better for being able to speak the English language correctly, and when he can do that he will be none the worse
for having some acquaintance with general literature. God does not need man's knowledge, but neither does he need man's ignorance. If it be not absolutely essential for a religious teacher to be able to read the word of God in the original tongues, it is certainly very desirable that he should do so, and it is eminently to be wished that he should also be a proficient in sound theology. We frequently hear of ecclesiastical functionaries who confess that they never studied theology, and do not know what it means unless it be something akin to Butler and Paley. It is a strange thing that in every other calling men make their own work the main object of study, but in the preparation for the ministry arranged by some sections of the church, everything else is provided for the student except the very matters which he most requires. Our one aim has been to train preachers and pastors. Let the men be scholars by all means, to their fullest bent, but first and foremost let them study their Bibles, hold the faith clearly, and know how to defend it valiantly. If they become so bookish that they cannot speak except in a pedantic latinised language, their education has failed; if they grow so refined and affected that they cannot condescend to men of low estate, their learning has made them fools; and if they are so fascinated by literary pursuits that they think lightly of the preaching of the gospel, they have missed the mark: but should they be rendered humble by the knowledge which they gain, should their minds be well stored, should their tongues become more fluent, and their thoughts more deep, and above all should their piety be strengthened and their graces be cultivated, it will prove an essential benefit to the men, and an immense gain to the churches, that they have passed through a college course. Such has been the aim of the Pastors' College, and its success may be judged of by its fruits.
Providence has greatly favoured the College by sparing to it throughout its whole history, its invaluable tutor, Mr. George Rogers. This venerable divine was prepared for his post by special circumstances, for he had for years been looking for similar occupation, and making ready for it; he is moreover a man of Puritanic modes of thought and action, and withal a genial spirit, fond of young men and in full sympathy with them. It is a great joy to me, that although my beloved friend has passed his threescore years and ten, he retains his vigour, and commands the increasing love and respect of all concerned. The like good hand of the Lord has sent to me each of the other valuable fellow-workers in our important engagement; and best of all, the invaluable addition of my beloved brother, J. A. Spurgeon, to the staff, has strengthened the directing and supervising power, and made our instructing department as complete as human affairs can be. We were never more efficiently at work than at this moment, nor ever enjoyed more richly the divine blessing.
The supply of men as students has been always very large, and at this time more are applying than ever. This gives us a good field from which to select, and as we are not bound to receive either more or less, we make our choice with the utmost care, and with an earnest desire to receive none but the most suitable men. Should so few good men offer that our number should be reduced to twenty, we should follow the indications of divine leading; and, if on the other hand, two hundred promising men should be forthcoming, we should feel no difficulty
in giving them all a welcome. The Lord knows best how many men he would have us educate, and we are sure that he will always find means for carrying on his own work. At present we have a class of men around us of whom we expect great things, for both in temper, spirit, ability, and diligence they are equal to the best set of students we have ever had. The spirit of prayer is well maintained among them, and love to their work is most apparent.
I have seen no reason to alter the plan by which the College was made into a Home Missionary Society for the spread of the gospel. The students are most of them engaged in preaching the word, and many new churches have sprung out of their labours. This, it is true, has some injurious effect upon their studies, and unless a man works beyond measure, he cannot keep up his College work and his preaching too; but the most of those who attempt it manage to perform the double labour, and those who do so are all the better for it. A man is kept in right relation to his future ministry when he is not taken wholly away from preaching and confined to study; he is less in danger of losing sympathy with the activities of the church, and more likely to increase his gifts of utterance. Preaching can only be learned by practice; disuse of the speaking faculty means decrease of its power, and hence we believe it to be a gain rather than a loss to a ministerial student to be called upon frequently to conduct services. No doubt the College suffers in repute, for those who hear our raw recruits are apt to censure all for the faults of one, and to blame the institution for those very blots which it labours to remove; but as our object is not to gain reputation, we cheerfully endure the loss of it. The benefit is in any case far greater than the injury ; for souls won to God are results beyond all price.
It will gratify some of our friends to know that one of our students, Jr. F. E. Suddard, was first, in 1872, among seven competitors for one of the Dr. Williams's Scholarships at the University of Glasgow. The fact is interesting as helping to shew that our course is not quite so elementary as has been wrongly supposed.
This employment of the students in preaching involves a considerable outlay in the hire of rooms and halls, and in the needful expense attending the commencement of new interests. Success in these cases leads to yet larger demands, for chapels must be built to house the new churches, and schools in which the young of the neighbourhoods may be taught on the Sabbath-day. Several thousands of pounds have been well and economically spent in this line of action, for the sums granted have induced the friends in the different localities to contribute largely, and so our pound has gained ten pounds. This is one of the readiest modes of increasing our churches, and more has been accomplished by it than by any other agency in the same space of time. In the metropolis alone we have founded some forty-five churches, besides preaching the gospel temporarily in various parts of our great city. In many parts of the country believers have been gathered into church fellowship, many sinners converted, and influential centres of usefulness created. "Great has been the Lord's goodness in allowing some of the brethren to labour, and to suffer poverty for Christ's sake, in order to build not upon other men's foundations, but upon new ground. It