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“ BIBLE FIRST."
ABOUT forty years ago, a Christian man sat at his fireside in Philadelphia. Near by him, playing on the floor, was his own child, a beautiful little boy. It was early in the morning. The day's work had not yet begun; and waiting for his breakfast it may be, the father took up the daily paper to read. The boy at once climbed up into his lap, snatched away
paper, exclaiming, “ No, no, papa ! Bible first ! Bible first, papa !” That lesson, taught by a little child, was probably a turning-point in the life of that man. Death soon came and rudely tore away the sweet little preacher ; but this morning sermon was never forgotten. The business man, in his loneliness and sorrow, went forth to do his work for Christ. “Bible first, papa," was ever ringing in his ears. It became the motto of his life. He was exceedingly prospered in his business. Wealth accumulated. Business increased. Friends multiplied. But uppermost in that man's mind was the precious Word of God. He read and studied it. As teacher and superintendent in the Sabbath-school, he taught it. He did more than this-he practised its precepts.
Trusting Jesus. I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus, I am trusting Thee to guide me : Trusting only Thee !
Thou alone shalt lead,
I am trusting Thee for powerI am trusting Thee for pardon,
Thine can never fail; [me At Thy feet I bow;
Words which Thou Thyself shalt give For Thy grace and tender mercy,
Must prevail. Trusting now.
I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus ; I am trusting Thee for cleansing,
Never let me fall ! In the crimson flood;
I am trusting Thee for ever, Trusting Thee to make me holy,
And for all. By Thy blood.
FRANCES RIDLEY HAVERGAL.
God's Rule.—No friends have a perfect suitableness to each other, and roughness and inequalities that are nearest us are most troublesome. The wonderful variety and contrariety of apprehension, interest, temperaments, occasions, and temptations, are such, that whilst we are scandalised at the discord and confusions of the world, we must recall ourselves, and admire that all-ruling Providence which keepeth up so much order and concord as there is.
Attention.--If we read without inclination, half the mind is employed in fixing the attention, so there is but one half to be employed on what we read.
PATIENCE.—Many people ast as if they thought that because they have special need of patienoe, therefore they may do without patience altogether.
THE LATE REV, JOHN ROSS.
“Gold and the Gospel.” So urgent
were the claims then made upon him MR. Ross was born at Guildford, Oct.
that he was compelled to resign his 13, 1808. Early left an orphan, and
pastorate and enter upon what he then placed under the care of an uncle, at
regarded as a temporary service—a ser. Reading, he attended the ministry of
vice which has, however, extended to the Rev. J. Sherman, which was blessed
twenty years, embracing journeys of to his conversion when he was in his
full 13,000 miles and 240 engagements seventeenth year. After rendering ser
per annum. vice as a teacher in the Sunday-school,
Mr. Ross left Woodbridge for Hackat Mr. Sherman's request, he preached
ney in 1855, and, becoming a widower in the villages around Reading, until at
in 1874, removed to Bedford. length he was persuaded to give himself
In September, of last year, he left entirely to the ministry of the Gospel.
home for Scotland, to make a seven Attracted by the condition of the heathen
weeks' visitation of the United Presby. world, he resolved to devote himself to
terian Churches. While at Alloa, he this service, and became a student of the
was seized with the illness which proved London Missionary Society, first under
fatal. With great difficulty he was R. Cecil, at Turvey, and afterwards
enabled to reach home. At first he under Dr. Pye - Smith, at Homerton
seemed to revive, but alarming sympCollege.
toms gradually set in, and on Friday In 1834, several missionaries were
morning, November 26, he entered into ent out to prepare the people for eman- rest. On Sunday morning, December cipation. Among these Mr. Ross went to 5th, his funeral sermon was preached Berbice, and laboured there with much by the Rev. Frank Soden, at Lower acceptance; but while on a voyage to Clapton Congregational Church, with Demerara to preach an anniversary which he and his family had been assomissionary sermon, he fell during a ciated during their residence in London violent storm, and received an injury to the brain, which compelled bim to THE LATE DAVID THOMAS, ESQ. return to England. After many months DAVID THOMAS, Esq., of Royston he was permitted gradually to resume House, Llandovery, expired on Saturlabour, and for two years assisted the day, February 12th, in the 84th year Rev. J. Dennant, of Halesworth, Suf- of his age, and was buried at Pentrefolk.
tygwyn on the following Friday in the In 1839 he succeeded Dr. W. J.
presence of a large company of friends, Unwin (now of Homerton) at Beaumont including the senior M.P. for the Chapel, Woodbridge. A remarkable county of Carmarthen, and the leading blessing attended this connection from men of the neighbourhood. The Revs. the beginning-more than one hundred Professor Morris and Professor Row. members being added to the fellowship | lands, of the Memorial College, Brecon ; in twelve months. A new chapel was Mr. Gibbon, pastor of the deceased; built and opened in October, 1841. Here and E. Jones, Crugybar, officiated on he originated the plan of “weekly offer. the occasion. Mr. Thomas occupied a ing," with which his name has so long very conspicuous position among the been associated. At this time he con. Congregationalists of South Wales. He tributed “The Christian Weekly Offer- was held in high esteem in his own ing” to the volume of prize essays, town, where he was three times elected
chief magistrate, and was deacon of the Congregational Church for upwards of half a century. He was also treasurer of the Memorial College, Brecon, for a long period, and at the time of his death was chairman of the committee of that college. He has left behind him an honoured name. He was an rpright, honourable, lwind, and devoted man, much loved by all who knew bim. He will be greatly missed by the church of which he was member, and the denomination of which he was an adherent.
THE LATE REV. SAMUEL LEWIN. SAMUEL LEWIN was born in 1809, at Cotgrave, near Nottingham, and was the third son of Mr. George Lewin, farmer, of that place. He attended Friar Lane Independent Chapel, Nottingham, and a sermon of the late Rev. Joseph Gilbert's led to his conversion. In January, 1837, he was received into Rotherham College as a student for the ministry, and in 1841 accepted the call to be the first minister of the Congregational Church at Hartlepool. After eleven years' successful labour there he removed in 1852 to the St. George Street Independent Chapel, Chorley, Lancashire, where he remained till 1856, when be accepted the call to be pastor of Tipping Street Church, Manchester. This post he retained for nearly twelve years, and it was while living in Man
chester that his health first gave way. He was a great sufferer from bronchial affection, and it seemed at last, impossible for him to continue his work. At this juncture, and under the providence of God, he was invited in 1838 to the pas. torate of the Congregationa! Church at Ilfracombe, North Devon. The change of air and scenery al nost completely restored him to health, and he continued to discharge his ministerial duties with diligence for some six years. In 1874, owing to a cold caught in London while attending the May meetings, his old disease reasserted itself in so serious a form as to necessitate his resignation and retirement from active work. He recovered to some extent, and gradually seemed to be regaining some of his old vigour, when he was on Christmas-day last once more laid on a bed of sickness. The indisposition was, however, regarded as only a passing one, and so little was danger apprehended that his son, who had been home for Christmas, left for the North on the Monday morning, and never saw his father again alive. The illness increased very rapidly, and on Wednesday night, the 29th December last, the sufferer was called to his eternal home. Whether Mr. Lewin ever realized the nearness of his death it is impossible to say ; but a day or two before the last he said: “I do not know, I cannot tell why I should have to suffer this, but I can say, 'Thy will be done.'"
Notices of Books. Is the Church of England Protes- indignant at the very idea of Protestant. tant ? An Historical Essay. Ву
ism, and labours to vindicate the Church HOMERSHAM Cox, M.A., a Judge of of England from the designation ProCounty Court. (London: Long- testant. But as he evidently identifies mans, Green, and Co.)
Protestantism with Calvinism, if he This is a singular little brochure. It would take the trouble to study the is as vicious in logic as it is in theology.
Articles, Liturgy, and Homilies more The author is deeply moved and becomes closely, he would find the essence and
spirit of Protestantism there, although it meets the objections of modern infinot tbe pame. Then his exegesis, by delity. These volumes should find a which he attempts to eliminate all Cal- place in the libraries of young men's invinistic doctrine from the Scriptures and stitutions, and would be a valuable gift consequently all Protestantism, is of the to any who are perplexed with doubts. It shallowest and most defective description. is of no use to put into the hands of inOn the principle of ne sutor supra crepidan quirers after truth text-books which, Mr. Cox would have acted more wisely however valuable in their day, have beif he had confined himself to Black- come obsolete, because they do not meet stone and Coke upon Littleton.
the altered phase which scepticism hae
assumed. Neither Lardner nor Paley The British Quarterly Revier.
answer Professor Tyndall, Mr. Darwin, No.CXXVI. April, 1876. (London: nor Mr. Mill. This series, therefore, bas Hodder and Stoughton.)
met a real want, and we think will prove The present number of the British to be very useful. Quarterly will yield in interest to but few of its predecessors. It begins with an The Two Angels ; and other admirable critique on the first volume Poems. By ALEXANDER ANDERSON. of Forster's Life of Jonathan Swift. The
(London Simpkin, Marshall, volume was published shortly before the
Co.) lamented death of its author, and we are sorry to learn that it will remain a
Talk of learning and culture in the solitary fragment, being the only portion
presence of genius! Why, here is a he wus able to complete. Among other
“ Surfaceman,” as he used to call himarticles, all of them good, we have one
self, that is a worker on railways, a on the recent Congregational lecture on
“ navvy,” as he would be named in Eng. the Atonement, which in our judgment
land, who has written poems that would is most able and opportune. The re
do honour to the finest scholar that ever viewer has carefully pondered the views
left the classic halls of Oxford or Cam. put forth in this work, but while he does bridge. Moreover, this Seotch hero of full justice to the ability and eloquence
the pick and shovel is a scholar. His which it displays, is of opinion that Mr. English is beautifully pure, his Scotch Dale, “with all his independence and self
pieces are charming, and he can read reliance as a thinker, has not quite es
French, German, and Italian, his teacher caped the fog which rises from the sea being himself. Apart from these interof German speculations.” The points
esting facts, to which thoughtful men which he discusses are of vast import
will attach much importance, the book ance towards a right settlement of this sparkles with poetry which could not posgreat question, and his criticism will sibly have been written by anyone ex. doubtless have careful attention.
cept a poet born. Mr. Anderson's poems
will speedily have thousands of delighted Credentials of Christianity. readers, and should bring substantial
(London: Hodder and Stoughton.) reward to the gifted author. This is the fifth of a series of volumes issued by the Committee of the Christian
The Wonders of Creation; and Evidence Society. We scarcely think that it is equal to its predecessors, but it
Poems. By MATTHEW JOSEPHS. will do good service to the cause of truth.
(London: F. E. Longley, 39, It deals with both the external and in
Warwick-lane.) ternal evidences of the Christian faith, The author of these very respectable and will repay a careful perusal because pieces is a man of colour, a native of
BRIEFER NOTICES OF BOOKS.
Jamaica. His soul burns with righteous hatrod to slavery. His grandfather was a prince of the Ebal tribes, and was stolen about the year 1780. His poems are full of references to suffering and sorrow, but there is a blessed confidence in God, which once more illustrates the value of the Christian faith. We wish the " Introduction by the Rev. Robert Gordon” had never seen the light. It is a bit of contemptible pedantry. The idea of airing a lot of Greek and Latin quotations in a preface to a book by a poor ex-slave, deserves nothing but
The Bible in Rome, with a Record
of Protestant Missions. By Ellen BARKER. (London: Hatchard and
Co.) The frontispiece to this interesting volume exhibits the "dog-cart” with its load of Bibles entering Rome, with Victor Emmanuel's army, September 20th, 1870. We commend this interest
glorious results that follow the circulation of the Word of God, especially in the land from which it was excluded so long.
The Judgment of Babylon the Great and the Introduction of the Glorious Millennium. By Amariah, a member of the Free Church of Scotland. (London : Hamilton, Adams, and Co.) Amariah, whoever he may be, is intensely earnest, and writes with clearness and considerable force. Although we could not sub. scribe to all his views, yet there is throughout his little book much wholesome scriptural truth.—Evangelical Principles. A Series of Doctrinal Papers Explanatory of the Positive Principles of Evangelical Churchmanship. Edited by the Rev. Edward Garbett, M.A. With Introduction. (London: W. Hunt and Co.) The papers contained in this volume are a clear and faithful exposition of the views held by Evangelical Churchmen. They are written by some of the ablest men of that section of the Episcopal Church, and may be taken as a fair and honest exhibition of the wide and inconceivable differences separating them from the Ritualistic party.–Foun. dation Stones. By the Rev. Hely H. A. Smith, Rector of Tansley, Matlock. (London: W. Hunt and Co.) This is clear, ably written, evangelical little book. Its seven chapters contain a considerable amount of valuable teaching illustrative of the great doctrines of the Gospel. We cannot, however, accept the typology of the last chapter. It is strained, unnatural, and not in accordance with the general character of Scripture types.- Food for Faith ; or, Remarkable Answers to Prayer. (Lon. don: The Religious Book Society, 28, Paternoster-row.) If this record of spiritual experience be read with attention to the author's caution about|testing subjective impulses by the principles of
Christian Confidence in the Truth
and Salvation of the Gospel. By JOHN B. Fish. (London : S. W. Partridge
and Co.) The idea of this little book is good, and wronght out with great clearness. Its teaching is evangelical and practical, and will be found eminently suited to persons who have neither time nor opportunity for reading larger works. Philosophy of the Atonement ;
and other Sermons, By Wade ROBINSON. (London : Hodder and
Stoughton.) The author has secured for these instructive discourses a wider range of influence than they could have when delivered to one congregation. A consider