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Little Books. By JOHN BUNYAN.
Blackie and Son.
WE are glad to see this series continued: the last issue contains, "The Resurrection of the Dead" and "The Barren Fig-tree." All Bunyan's works are choice their matter is of the best, for it is Scriptural; their language is the best on earth, for it is Saxon.
High Church; or, Audi Alteram Partem. By H. H. A. S. Bemrose and Sons, 10, Paternoster Buildings.
ARRAYED in full canonicals, this book will, in outward appearance, commend itself to Ritualistics, but they will be very much taken in should they be thereby induced to purchase it, for it is as forcible an assault upon them as could well be written by a member of their own church. If wealthy Evangelicals would for once follow our advice, they would largely circulate this well written and telling argument against their Tractarian brethren. If we could provoke them to the deed by questioning whether they have spirit enough among them to do it, we would at once challenge them; but it would be of no use; we have given up the jellies* as hopeless.
Child's Own Magazine (Sunday School Union). The year's issue makes a very pretty book for the bairns in its coloured paper wrapper. Kind Words for Young People, by the same publishers, is a larger affair, and quite a bulky volume. This is a Christmasbox indeed, and will make Tom and Jack open their eyes with delight :we are forgetting, we mean Ernest and Sidney, for the old names are getting very scarce now.
A System of Christian Rhetoric, for the use of Preachers and other Speakers. By GEORGE WINFRED HARVEY, M.A. Houlston and Sons.
ALTHOUGH We should greatly demur to some of the opinions and dicta of this work, we do not hesitate to pronounce it one of the most valuable of all the larger treatises upon homiletics which have yet appeared. It is, in fact, a standard work upon the subject.
* Such is the name frequently given to the Evangelicals by the High Church party, and it is an instructive one.
Christian Work for Gentle Hands. Thoughts on Female Agency in the Church of God. By JOHN DWYER. Wesleyan Book Room, 66, Paternoster Row.
WE are glad to see this little treatise in its third edition. It briefly, simply, and earnestly lays before the Christian sisterhood their privileges and responsibilities in the church of God. Oh, that many a Hannah and a Deborah may be called forth as the result of its perusal !
The Bible Educator. Edited by Rev. E. H. PLUMPTRE, M.A. Cassell, Petter, and Galpin.
WE cannot do less than commend this most useful work. We might take exception to certain passages upon the modus of inspiration, but we do not care to do so, because we conceive that the fault lies deeper, and has grown to be a very common one. What right have we to be prying into "the way of the Spirit," and defining how he acts with this mind or the other, when he is presenting us with Scripture, which is all inspired, and all intended for our learning? The question of the manner of inspiration has no practical bearing, is a mere intrusion into realms beyond us, and always leads to misunderstandings. If a man believes the Holy Scriptures to be infallibly and divinely inspired, we are quite content; if he then goes on to talk about differences of modus, &c., we are off to our work, having other fish to look after.
Mr. Hurditch, or C. R. H., issues The London Almanack, at one penny, and in a large type at 6d., and two Sheet Almanacks entitled The Latter Rain, and The London. They are all very good, and may be had of Shaw and Co., 48, Paternoster Row.
A Freehold Villa for Nothing, or How I became my own Landlord without Capital. By J. MARVEL. Kempster and Co., St. Bride's Avenue.
IN the hands of a man of common sense this book may be of much practical value, but it might fascinate others into speculations best let alone. To our unprofessional mind the information given seems to be sound and useful.
On Temperance Societies. By the
Bishop of Lincoln. Rivingtons. We do not suppose that many teetotallers will be able to read this penny tract temperately, they are by far too zealous for that, but we think they might do so to advantage, and that good would come of it if their pledges were somewhat more judiciously framed in future. The bishop is sure to get into hot water for his tract, and we admire the courage which enabled him to write it; even those enthusiastic abstainers who differ from him may go as far as that.
Sunday-school Teachers' Pocket-book and Diary, &c., for 1874. Sunday School Union.
JUST the very pocket-book for a teacher, meeting all his wants. We always prize it very much, and have used it for years.
The Mother's Friend (Hodder and Stoughton). The yearly volume of a well-intentioned serial. The engravings are hardly up to the mark, indeed some of them are ugly, but the magazine is a cheap pennyworth, and the yearly volume would make a pretty present to a cottager's wife.
Death of Dr. Candlish.
N the death of Dr. Candlish, the Free Church has lost one of its greatest men. of
the sacred art; and as a councillor in the courts of the church, one of the most wise and prudent. The works he has left behind him prove him to have been an intellectual and spiritual giant. His soul was too active and full of flame for his bodily frame. He seemed to be always on the move, action was his rest. Now he has reached the land where perfect rest and constant activity are reconciled. We thought of writing some account of him, but, finding that we could only repeat what has been well said in the papers, we have been driven to content ourselves by giving extracts from a letter which we have lately received from a beloved friend in Edinburgh, who is an elder of the Free Church:
"He was a grand soul. For depth, breadth, height, tenderness, power, we had none like him. The blank he has left it will take our church years to realise. His department, besides the care of all the churches,' was peculiar. He was a kind of standing forlorn hope. His piercing sagacity, together with his utter absence of selfishness, even of self-consciousness, in all its mean and subtle forms, made him a kind of court of last resort. All who were in distress and trouble, which no other man could deal with, went to Dr. Candlish. Through almost all the Ten years' conflict,' and from 1843 onwards, you can imagine what such a man would have to do. Prompt aud rapid in judgment and in action, small persons thought him sometimes abrupt, even cross. The explanation was, he saw so quickly what they would be at, that often he saw the conclusion before prosers had their case half stated. With all this he was generous and gentle to a degree. I can myself recall illustrations, when he apologised to a poor servant girl, a young communicant,' from my own class, twenty-five years ago, when he feared that at a previous interview he had spoken a word which might have given pain. All this I can give from personal knowledge. I have known him and loved him since and before 18th May, 1843. Twenty years ago, at his own personal and earnest solicitation, I undertook what has ever since been a part of my life-work, the convenership of the Sabbath School Committee of the Free Church, which you know means the charge of the children. His death is a voice to us all concerning our unprofitableness. Howl, fir tree, for the cedar has fallen.' I had a note last week, which greatly touched me, from My friend the writer says:-'I am greatly saddened by our beloved friend Candlish's death. It gives me an increasing sense of loneliness. Our lifelong friendship and close association, both in public and private life, make the event very trying. The world holds me in consequence by sensibly more slender ties. I
spent nearly an hour at his bedside last week, and never shall I forget the inimitable tenderness of his affection, as he held my hand in his, and poured out his feelings. He was calm, and peaceful, and trustful, as regards his own great change, that was then drawing on, and spoke of it with perfect freedom. Alas! that we shall see him no more. Help, Lord!'
"The truth is that from the time the doctors told him, ten days before his death, of what they anticipated, he was himself in every way. It made no change on him. As he said to us, 'Why should this make us sad? I just wish to be cheery with you all.'
"The remark he made, which Mr. Lagan quotes in the Review' ('I die resting upon the facts-Christ died, and Christ is mine') was followed by the words of the fifty-fourth Paraphrase
'Jesus, my Lord, I know his name,
His name is all my boast;
Nor will he put my soul to shame,
He often expressed himself in the same manner-'I have no great feelings of depression or exultation. I never did put much on frames or feelings, but I know. I know whom I have believed. I know that my Redeemer liveth-that my Redeemer is a living One.'
I could multiply such remarks, and remarks as to texts repeated to him, but I am unwilling to give many of those sayings which he addressed to different persons, and some of which are, at least as yet, too sacred for publication. But one thing you may tell any one who desires to know it, that he was calm and peaceful all the days of his lingering, from the time he was told of his approaching death to the very close, and that it was on the very same truths that he had loved to preach that he himself rested. The texts he best liked to hear repeated were those he liked best to preach from, and these, as you know, were such as contain most expressly the preciousness of Jesus Christ and his atonement."
OUR Congregational friends appear to be greatly indignant at the remarks of Dr. Landels, and our own incidental observations in the "Signs of the Times." We are somewhat suprised at this, for they are generally well informed upon most matters, and might therefore have known the views of Baptists. We have said no more than we and our brother Baptists have always believed. If any brotherly love which has formerly been professed has been presented to us upon a false supposition, the sooner that mistake is corrected the better, for then, whatever fraternal regard may survive will be sound and real. We have spoken plainly, and mean to do so still; we have cherished the most brotherly feelings towards all Pædobaptist friends, and shall do so still; we do not ask them to conceal their distinctive views, and we certainly shall not conceal ours; ours is the charity which neither padlocks another man's tongue nor consents to hold her own.
Our boys at the Orphanage are particularly anxious that Christmas Day
Will their kind
should not be forgotten. friends furnish them with a treat, as in former years. On their behalf we plead earnestly.
Several pretendedly ignorant persons have written to know in what way Dissenters are made to support the Church of England. We have hardly the patience to remind them of the tithes. These persons pretend that tithes are private endowments. Do they expect any one to believe them? Do they believe their own nonsense? Why do they not produce the trust deeds? It is inconceivable that in every parish in England private donors gave exactly the tithe of the produce of their own free will to religion. Such a fact would far excel a miracle in being out of the ordinary course of nature. But even if it were so, these tithes were not given to the present Anglican body. The Church of England is the joint creation of Henry VIII. and Thomas Cranmer, and enjoys the tithes at the will and pleasure of the nation, which took them from the Papists, and
can and will take them from the present Ritualistic church before many years. Then will there spring up a really Protestant Episcopal Church, to which we shall earnestly wish every prosperity; and unfettered by State patronage and control, it will be a great and lasting blessing to our land.
The remark that we paid all the less for our land when we bought it, because of the tithe-charge upon it, is a very childish one. The lowland Scotch farmer paid less for his land when the Gael levied black-mail upon him, but he did not hesitate to resist the robbery. A man may pay less for a farm because it is half swamp, or overrun with thistles, but he does not hesitate to drain the bog and kill the weeds. We never ought to have -paid tithes to those who teach a religion we do not believe, and we shall always do our utmost to get rid of the oppressive exaction. If it be said that tithes do not pay the clergy, we ask, how are they paid?
the tithes for doing nothing? So much
Do they work without pay, and receive
the worse is the case. It is said that tithes belong to God, but that no more proves that they belong to the parson than to the Methodist minister, since one may be as much sent of God as the other. It is a piece of robbery and no better.
We are pleased to observe that the friends at Langley, Essex, have made Mr. G. Monck a handsome presentation upon his leaving them to become pastor of the church at Thetford.
The walls of the house for the New College are rising rapidly. God has graciously sent us large help, and we trust the rest will come as it is required.
Having been ill during the most of the past month, our notes have been badly kept, and are but few in number. This we hope will be excused.
Baptisms at Metropolitan Tabernacle, by Mr. J. A. Spurgeon:-October 30th, twenty-one.
Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle.
Mr. F. Howard
Statement of Receipts from October 21st to November 19th, 1873.
Friends, per Mr. G. Aubrey
Friends, per Mr. H. Williains
Durweston Chimer and his Boy
Mr. G. Seivwright
Statement of Receipts from October 21st to November 19th, 1873.
£ s. d.