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descend to mere verbal criticism where THE DIARY OF MARY TYNDALL. they find themselves deficient; and it
One of the Early Quakers. Lonis our fear that books of the kind before us
don: Hall & Co., 8, Amen Corare answerable for such
For the general reader of the New A WORK of a similar kind to the Testament, such a book will prove “Schonberg Cotta Family,” very very useful.
We think for ministers beautifully written and pervaded by a it will be less valuable from the reason healthy moral tone. The writer has stated above; but we wish all our admirably caught the spirit of the pastors were themselves as skilled in earlier part of the seventeenth century, the noble language of Paul and the and with great dexterity thrown her Evangelists as is the accomplished narrative into its quaint and archaic author of “Hidden Lessons,"
forms. The principles of the early Quakers are vividly portrayed, their
character is presented in a true light, THE GIFT OF GOD. A Series of
and our sympathy is won for them in
the persecutions to which they were Addresses. By Theodore Monod.
so unjustly subjected both in England London: Morgan & Scott, 12, and in America, and at the hands of men Paternoster Buildings, E.C. from whom, on every ground, better
things might have been expected. The THESE addresses were delivered at the " Conference_ for the Promotion of delightful reading, and many of the
book from beginning to end is Scriptural Holiness," held
young people of our own day may months ago in London.
gather from it many invaluable features of that movement which do
lessons. not strike as peculiarly and exceptionally scriptural, or as calculated to advance the end in view. We
OLD JONATHAN : The District and cannot, however, discuss its merits
Parish Helper. Vol. I. Third here, nor do more than indicate the
Series. London: W. H. and L. fact that Mr. Monod's addresses have been published in a separate form.
Collingridge, Aldersgate Street. While there are points in his teaching
1876. to which we take exception, we A VERY instructive and interesting gladly recognise the preponderance of volume, thoroughly evangelical in truths which are beyond dispute, and tone, and conducted with great spirit which, moreover, are heartily recog- and discretion. It is full of short, nised by all believers in Christ. The
pretty articles on religious subjects, of writer can present the Gospel in a capital stories and pieces of poetry, simple and striking form.
and is at the samo time effectively illustrated.
God's TRAINING SCHOOL. Words
of Cheer for Christian Workers. By the Author of “What is it to
CHINA'S MILLIONS. Edited by J.
Hudson Taylor, 1875-6. London: Morgan and Scott, 12, PaterThe BIBLICAL MUSEUM. By James SHORT DISCOURSES TO BE READ IN
Edinburgh : W. Oliphant & Co. 1877. THE character of this tiny volume is fairly_described by the title page.
It contains half-a-dozon addresses delivered to a gathering of Christian lady workers, and is well adapted to cheer and strengthen such as are labouring in the service of Christ in this world of sin and sorrow.
noster Buildings. THIS elegant volume contains the history of a year's labours in conneonection with the China Inland Mission, and affords pleasing illustrations of the fact that missionary intelligence can be communicated in lively writing and preserved in attractive garb. The maps alone are worth more than the cost of the whole book,
Comper Gray. Old Testament FAMILIES. By William Jay.
SEVENTY years have rolled away
sinco MR. COMPER GRAY is a prodigy of
the first publication of these invalu. learning, industry, order, and several
able volumes of the divine our grandvirtues besides. His volumes, illus
fathers called “ The Prince of Preach. trative and expository of the New
ers.” Their simplicity, strong common Testament, have rendered invaluable sense, and evangelical unction will assistance to Sunday-school teachers
preserve them from ever becoming and village preachers, while the most
obsolete. For the purpose originally erudite always find something useful
intended by their publication, the in his great trawling net. May he be
benefit of the family circle-for Sunday spared to be classed among the few
evening use in middle-class schools, men who have edited a commentary
and for cottage services, they will be of the whole Bible !
found invaluable; while to many & young preacher they will be as good, or better, than another year at college
if he can only get into the winning BIBLICAL HELP TOWARD HOLINESS
way of Mr. Jay.
ADVICE TO A Young CHRISTIAN. By Hamilton, Adams, & Co. 1877.
John Stock, LL.D., Huddersfield.
London: Baptist Tract DeposiThis short treatise consists of a series
tory, 3, Bolt-court. Price 6d. of sermons, whose aim is sufficiently explained by the title page. They
THIS most valuable little treatise on are extremely clear and simple, and
Christian life should be in the hands for the most part well adapted to the of all the younger members of our end they have in view. We do not
churches. We have often heard the always agree with Dr. Morison's want expressed of a manual to give to theology, which is simply a modified young people at the time of their form of Arminianism, but even with making a profession of faith. Dr. that drawback we find much in his
Stock has most_admirably provided little book of which we heartily
for this want. The counsels he gives approve, and which cannot fail to be are judicious, and the manner in extensively useful. Young Christians which they are imparted is kind and especially may obtain from its pages
genial. Retaining all the seriousness wise and loving guidance.
the subject demands, there is no dull. ness in the book. It would be a great
blessing to our churches if all of them From Mr. R. D. Dickinson, Far
were provided with copies for the pur. ringdon Street, we have received pose we have indicated. several numbers of THE PREACHERS' HOMILETICAL Com. VICTOR, THE LITTLE ORPHAN; or, MENTARY.
The Necessity of Self-Help. Ry THE PREACHERS' BUDGET, and
Lizze Glover. London : Elliot THE STUDY AND THE PULPIT.
Stock. Of all of these publications we can A CHILDREN's story, tolerably well speak favourably. They are written, and enforcing, in a pleasing ducted with an evident determination manner lessons which our young to render them serviceable to those people can never learn too thoroughly, for whom they are designed, and with and which may be effectively im. marked ability. The Budget contains parted by means of such a narrative articles of the highest value.
THE Act of BAPTISM. A Critical The common objection that separation and Historical Inquiry concern
between Church and State will ing the proper administration of involve the State in godlessthe Rite. By Rev. Hugh Jones,
ness, and that it will be detrimental to D.D., President of Llangollen utterly destructive of religion can
the best interests of the nation, and College. London : Elliot Stock.
never be repeated by those who canDR. JONES deserves our warmest didly read this work, and on this thanks for this admirable dissertation ground we trust it will secure a wide on the act (or, as we generally mis
circulation. It is, moreover, term it, the mode) of baptism. He
admirable antidote to the errors of has adduced no really now argument Plymouth Brethrenism, and as such in favour of immersion, but he has
deserves notice. Mr. Martin is a man presented the old and unanswerable of solid intellectual power, devout ones in a pithy and forcible form. mind, and anxious to uphold the truth Every important point in the contro- of the Gospel of Christ against the versy is touched upon, and no candid Romanism and the Rationalism which reader will refuse to endorse the in so many forms are rampant among opinion of the Nonconformist that the treatise displays “both learning and skill.” Were we requested to reply TAE MOTHER'S FRIEND. London: to this book we should be compelled
Hodder and Stoughton. 1876. to decline the task, and that for the simple reason, Non possumus.
This is an old favourite, and its popularity shows no signs of diminu.
tion. There are few homes in which Messiah's Kingdom, in its origin, it will not find a welcome as a help Development, and Triumph. By
By to the amusement and training of Rev. Benjamin Martin, A.M., children. It has only to be known Leslie. Edinburgh :
William to be appreciated.
LILY'S Cross. the authority of the Church as a divine
Religious Tract institution to show that it is some
Society. thing more than “ a blessed accident," DAVID THE SCHOLAR. Religious as Coleridge called it, even the reali
Tract Society. zation of a Divine plan for the restoration of a ruined world. We cannot Nelly's TEACHERS, and what they endorse all Mr. Martin's views as to learned. By Kate Thorne. Nelthe composition of the Church, and
son and Sons. the manner in which members should be admitted into it, neither can we THE WRONG TURNING, and other allow the greater scripturalness and Tales. By G. E. Sargent. Reliefficiency of the Presbyterian as
gious Tract Society. opposed to the Congregational form of Church government. But with one All these may be heartily recomsection of the work that which dis- mended as sound and interesting cusses the relations of the Church and stories. David the Scholar treats of the State--we are in entire agreement, the days of Beaton and Knox, the and have sincere pleasure in directing early Scotch Reformation. A shorter attention to the masterly arguments, Reformation story is bound up in the the strong common sense and the same volume, and entitled “Dirk copious learning with which our Non- Willemzoon;" but as it refers neither conformist position is vindicated. The to the same period nor the same discussion is not, of course, exhaustive, country as “ David,” we fail to see the but it touches on all the salient points propriety of the addition. “Lily's of the case, and brings into special Oross” is a story for young children, prominence its most recent phases. and by such will be appreciated.
MRS. BOSWORTH. Mrs. Bosworth, widow of Newton Bosworth, formerly of Cambridge, died January 3rd at Paris, Dominion of Canada, aged ninety-six. She was baptized at sixteen by Robert Hall, and was consequently a professed follower of Jesus eighty years. Though often during her long life troubled with the fear of death, her end was one of undisturbed peace and joy. For some considerable time before her death she sang almost every day, and often several times a day
“Then shall I see and hear and know,
In that eternal world of joy.” Several times before her death she stretched forth her arms and looked upward as a child longing to be lifted up to its parent's face, and so at last she died, the upraised arms only falling in death. “Oh death where is thy sting?”
MRS. HORSEY. On the 26th of January, Hannah Horsey, at the ripe age of 85 years, departed to be with Christ. She was for twenty-two years matron of the Baptist College, Stokes Croft, Bristol. For many years she was a member of the church at Broadmead, and enjoyed the ministry of Dr. Ryland, Robert Hall, and their successors. On retiring from her duties at the college, she was transferred to the Baptist Church at Keynsham, now under the pastoral care of the Rev. William Owens, by whom, at her desire, her earthly remains were buried at Arno's Vale Cemetery, Bristol, on Tuesday, January 30th, 1877.
THE SPEZIA MISSION.
To the EDITOR of the BAPTIST MAGAZINE. DEAR SIR,—Having just received some interesting intelligence from Spezia I hasten to forward it to you, knowing that many of your readers are warm friends of the mission there.
In all five stations now occupied there is a most distinct movement for good. At Trebbiano, where the help of the civic power was needed against the violence of the people headed by the priest, all is changed, and our brother is left in quiet possession of the village. The village itself is situated on a spur of the Apennines, and commands one of the most beautiful views even Italy can present. An evangelist supported by the mission labours there and at another station.
At Arcola, the place of worship is sometimes quite full. The priests have lately tried to destroy the work at Arcola by opening a room underneath the mission room for a theatre. Lately, a stranger came to the service, and hearing the preacher speak of God as willing to save all classes, even the vilest, through Jesus Christ, bis attention was arrested, and he stayed until the service was concluded. He then came to one of the friends and said, “I did not know God was so good,” and added, “I will not leave the room until I have the book containing the words I have heard."
At Marola, a suburb of Spezia, the place of worship is far too small. It is to be hoped that means may soon be taken to have it enlarged.
In all these stations there is a good opening for school operations, but Mr. Clarke does not as yet see his way clear to begin them.
“In Spezia,” to use our Brother Clarke's words, “we have a wonderful increase of attention at the stated times of preaching, and a most remarkable increase of hearers, and, notwithstanding all the obstacles thrown in our way, our school keeps up in numbers. We have between 120 and 130, but, with God’s blessing by vigorous efforts, attention and much prayer, we hope to go beyond that number this year. We have a great desire to open a school in another part now that we have the opportunity. I know a good woman and her husband who are quito ready to help us. We are daily praying that God would put it into the hearts of some of His people who have the means to contribute to the opening of this new station. Oh! the joy I think it would be to you to hear our dear children sing so sweetly a hymn of Moody and Sapkey. We look in answer to prayer for a glorious harvest on the seed sown."
When at Spezia at the opening services, Dr. Stewart, of Leghorn, spoke to me very warmly in commendation of Mr. Clarko's efforts in educating the young
He seemed to think this branch of labour one of special importance. And so it is. Those who have seen, as I have, the bright, happy, intelligent, and very often beautiful faces of the children in the schools at Spezia will be very anxious to see similar work going on elsewhere, in all the stations, all along that glorious coast line from the Gulf of Spezia to Genoa.-Yours, &c., Exeter, 10th February.
News of the Churches.
NEW OHAPELS OPENED.