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and self-abnegation. His scholarship was great and in no degree superficialhis reading wide and varied. As a theslogian he was thoughtful and comprehensive. In all human probability it appeared as if the next ten years would prove the most useful and brilliant of his life, but it was, alas ! not to be so. 'In September last the first symptoms of hiz ilisess appeared. His disease, an internal tumour which prevented any nourishment entering the stomach, was at an early stage discovered to be of a hopeless nature, and for weeks he had to face begraQual approach of death, yet he murmered mot. After eight long weeks the conüict ended. On the night of Sunday, the 12th December, surrounded by his dear wife and children, he gently and almost imperceptibly passed from his coach of suffering to the glories of his heavenly home.
The interment took place on the Friday following at the Plymouth cemetery, the Rev. C. Wilson, M.A., of Plymouth, officiating. A large assembly, embracing members of all sects, testified to the general sorrow for the removal of one $widely esteemed and loved. On the following Sabbath the funeral sermon was preached in Sherwell Chapel, PlymRoiath, by the Rev. T. W. Aveling, D.D., an old friend and fellow student of the deceased, and special allusion to the sed event was made in other chapels both in Plymouth and throughout the beigla beuring counties. So passed away froin earth a gentle and manly spirit, en affectionate husband and tender father, a kind and careful teacher, a tywnghtful and earnest minister, and above all a sincere and devoted Christian. A bank is left by his removal which is keenly felt by his family, students, and personal friends, and the denomination : large.
called him, has “entered into rest.” On November the 19th, last year, Mr. John Peele Clapham, while writing in his library, peacefully stole "away to Jesus," in harmony with his often expressed wish. Interesting sketches of his life and labours in Christ's service were given in the Leeds Mercury, the English Independent, and other papers. A few particulars, not generally known, may be welcome to the large circle of friends who mourn their loss, and rejoice in his gain. As a child he early showed a desire for “youthful consecration." Meeting one day with the hymn, two lines of which read,
“A flower, when offered in the bud,
Is no vain sacrifice," he took the meaning literally, and kneel. ing in prayer, presented a rosebud as his gift to his Heavenly Father. That Father “had compassion” on the orphan boy, early bereaved of his earthly parent, “kept” him by His grace “ from fall. ing" into the shares of the world, spared him through a long life of eminent usefulness, and called him gently home when his work was done. The frail tabernacle was gradually taken down, amid the most perfect submission to the Divine will. The exercise of praise on earth was always his delight, and often he remarked, “O how we shall sing in heaven, when we are there!”
On the Wednesday following that day when the “exulting spirit" sprang to endless life, a number of sincere mourners, comforted by Jesus, gathered round a quiet grave at Burley. in-Wharfedale, which loving hands had decked with flowers and evergreens. The service in the chapel and at the grave being conducted by Mr. Clapham's sympathising friends, his pastor, the Rev. S. D. Hillman, of Ilkley, and the Rev. J. Woollard, of Burley. .. “ All, all is well, beneath the peaceful sod, Near to the 'Salem' which he built for God, Rests what alone could die, he is above! 'Risen with Christ' to 'serve' in 'perfect love.'"
SOHN PEELE CLAPHAM, J.P. ANOTHER “faithful and wise servant,” inand “watching” when his Master
Notices of Books.
the iavitation of King Mtesa. A sum of £5,000 has been unanimously offered in aid of such a mission, and Mr. Hutchinson ably urges the Church Missionary Society to undertake the task, supporting his views by extracts from distinguished travellers.
The volume is dedicated to the Baroness Burdett-Coutts, and is illustrated by two admirable maps, the one tracing Lieutenant Cameron's route to Lake Tanganyika, and the other that of Captains Speke and Grant from Zanzi. bar to the Mediterranean.
The Kingdom of the Heavens.
By FRANCIS JOHN B. HOOPER, B.A.
(London : Hodder and Stoughton.) The object of this closely-printed Folume is to show that the “Kingdom of the Heavens" is not, as is commonly supposed, the Church, or the Christian dispensation, but the reign on earth of Christ and His people, "conditionally appointed to take place in the apostolic age."
“ The matter,” says Mr. Hooper, "stood thus. For the estab. lishment of a kingdom founded on man's free agency and moral choice, God's will and man's will must concur. . When this gospel of the kingdom had been preached in all the world' (as we are told it had been in A.D. 62, see Col. i, 6) then it became conditionally the will of God that the end should come,' and they should see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of Heaven with power and great glory.' In order, however, to the carrying out of this will, it was necessary that the will of man should concur. And this was found wanting. Men did not, in suffi. cient numbers, believe the Gospel, and hence the advent did not take place,” p. 423. These are views to which we cannot subscribe, but we have not space to discuss them. The volume, however, contains much interesting and valuable criticism on current interpretations of Scripture, and on this account, if not on others, merits the attention of the student. The Victoria Nyanza a Field
for Missionary Enterprise. By EDWARD HUTCHINSON, F.R.G.S.
(London: John Murray.) The object of this volume is to show at once the duty and feasibility of organising a Church Missionary Mission for Central Africa, in response to
The New Testament, with Notes
and Comments. Vol. I. By the Rev. LYMAN ABBOTT. (London ;
Hodder and Stoughton.) This work, as its preface intimates, bids fair to be instructive and suggestive to those who have the instruction of others in hand. It will be found very useful to Sunday-school teachers, and to those who conduct Bible classes.
The Deep Things of God. By
WILLIAM BATHGATE. (Glasgow:
J. Maclehose.) Mr. Bathgate is known as a writer of considerable power. His “ Christ and Man” evinced a high order of thought, and in the present volume it is fully sustained. Looking in the light of a broad intelligence at the great questions of Christian theology, he discusses those he handles here in the spirit of sound, earnest, philosophical inquiry. His book merits a wide circulation, and will be read with interest and profit.
Choice Readings for Every Day in
the Year. By the Rev. T. DE WITT TALMAGE.
(London: R. D. Dick. inson and Co.) We have in this volume some of Dr. Talmage's best thoughts selected from
his writings, and prepared for daily read- BRIEFER NOTICES OF BOOKS. ing. No doubt the book will be welcome Words of Love for the Little Ones and useful to many on both sides the (Hatchards), consists of a textof Scripture Atlantic.
and a short simple hymn for every day
in the year, together with a morning and Revival and Revival Work. A evening metrical prayer prefixed to every
Record of the Labours of D. L. month. Intelligent children under the Moody, Ira D. Sankey, and other guidance of a Christian mother will like Evangelists. By the Rev. John the book. The selection and arrange. MACPHERSON. (London: Morgan ment are by L. A, Morris.- Protestantism: and Scott.)
its Ultimate Principle. By R. W. Dale, We have in this interesting volume
M.A., Birmingham. (London: Hodder a glance at revivals at home and abroad;
and Stoughton.) A capital book, dein cities and in villages ; among young
serving to be extensively read. In submen, and children. A large portion of
stance it is a reproduction of a lecture the book consists of thrilling incidents
delivered in Exeter Hall. A few things connected with the visit of Messrs. in it may be called in question. It were Moody and Sankey to this country, and
well if many Protestants had a clearer their memorable work.
understanding of the boundaries, as well as the breadth of their principles.
To such understanding Mr. Dale Harps of Zion : A Collection of will prove useful guide. — The
Poems. By ELIZABETH F. A. Row- King in His Beauty ; and other BOTHAM. (London : Simpkin, Mar.
Hymns. By Florence C. Armstrong. shall, and Co.)
(London: A. Richardson.) These pieces These poems, written by a lady who of verse are highly creditable to their has been an invalid for many years, are writer. They are sweet and musical, inspired by a spirit of deep and earnest and express in a graceful form important piety, and will suggest many pleasing lessons and deep yearnings of the spirit thoughts to the meditative reader. for future and abiding rest.
Our Chronicle. BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY. Nijni Novgorod, and from which -The annual meeting was held in 223,000 copies have been distributed in Exeter Hall on Wednesday, May 3rd, fifty-eight different languages.
In the Earl of Shaftesbury presiding. The South Russia ground has been broken report described the work of the col.
in Georgia ; and the Gospels and Acts porteurs in France as encouraging, are being printed in Trans-Caucasian where the total circulation of Scriptures Turkish. In Spain 54,000 copies have by this agency has been 95,000 copies. been sold. In Turkey the work has From the three German centres of ope- been one of great difficulty. Total ration, Cologne, Frankfort, and Berlin, issues for the year, 2,600,000 copies ; the issue has been 393,000 volumes. In income £222,320, and the expenditure seventeen provinces of Austria, from £212,251. The meeting was addressed the Lake of Constance to the Black Sea, by the Earl of Aberdeen, Dean Close, and from the Baltic to the Adriatic, Rev. Dr. Thompson, of New York, Rev. 138,000 volumes have been issued during Prebendary Wilson, M.A., J. W. Pease, the year. In North Russia the Society Esq., M.P., the Rev. Dr. James, and has depots at Moscow and St. Peters- Signor Turin, from Milan. burg, besides one at the great fair at
THE CHRISTIAN INSTRUCTION SOCIETY. - The fifty-first annual meeting was held in Claremont Chapel, Pentonville, May 2ad, Henry Thompson, Esq., in the chair. The report was read by Rev. E. Schnadhorst, the secretary, and which stated that a large amount of useful work had been done in connection with the London churches, and by means of tent and open-air services and the circulation of religious tracts and books. The speakers were Revs. J. B. Heard, M.A., W. Tyler, G. M. Murphy, and Ur. Josias Alexander.
tional progress of the country. The receipts of the Society were £26,066, and the disbursements, £26,544. Thespeakers were Mr. Mundella, M.P., Mr. CowperTemple, M.P.,Lord Fortescue, Mr. Kemp Welch, the Rev. Dr. McKewan, Mr. Alderman McArthur, M.P., Mr. Whitwell, M.P., the Rev. Dr. Moffat, and others.
RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY.-Sermons were preached for this Society on Sunday, April 30th, by the Right Rev. Bishop Ryan, D.D., in St. Michael's Church, Pimlico, and on the Wednesday following by Rev. J. P. Chown, in Bloomsbury Chapel. On Friday, May 5th, the public meeting in Exeter Hall was presided over by the Right Hon. W. E. Baxter, M.P. The secretary, Dr. Davis, being absent through illness (which has since terminated fatally), the Rev. Dr. Manning read the report, showing an income of £146,821 13s. 8d., and expenditure of £145,303 58. 6d. The total receipts for missionary funds were £22,013 8s. 10d., but the grants had amounted to £28,666 158. 7d., the deficiency being supplied out of the trade profits. Speakers-Rev. R. O Billing, M.A., Bishop Anderson, Rev. Archibald Brown, Rev. Dr. Donald Fraser, and Rev. J. C. Harrison.
SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.-The annual meeting was held in Exeter Hall, May 4th, Henry Lee, Esq., Manchester, in the chair. The report was read by Mr. Benham, and referred to the aid given to Continental Sunday-schools, to the examination of teachers and scholars in England, and to the numerous books the Union had issued from the press. There are in connection with the society 195 county unions, 101,137 teachers, and 906,442 scholars, 17,682 of whom had become connected with Christian churches during the year.
It is computed that in England there are 3,000,000 Sunday scholars, and 300,000 teachers. The Revs. Dr. McAuslane, M. McEwen, A. Mursell, T. Blake, M.P., addressed the crowded assembly.
LONDON CITY MISSION.—The fortyfirst anniversary meeting was held in Exeter Hall, May 4th. The Marquis of Cholmondeley presided. The report was read by the Rev. John Garwood, M.A. Income for the year, £47,047; expenditure, $46,807. The number of missionaries, 450 ; visits paid, 2,701,454. Twelve missionaries are devoted to visiting public-houses, several to cabmen, 1,000 of whom have become teetotallers. The society has lost its devoted Nonconformist secretary, the late Rev. John Robinson, to whom special reference was made. His successor is Rev. Josiah Miller, M.A. The meeting was addressed by the Earl of Shaftesbury, Revs. Dr. James, J. Cohen, M.A., John Graham, R. Roberts, and R. C. Billing, M.A.
BRITISH AND FOREIGN SCHOOL SOCIETY. - The 71st anniversary was held May 8th, at the Training School, Stockwell Road. A public examination of the girls' echool was held, after which Lord Granville presided at a public breakfast meeting, and on his retirement the chair was taken by W. E. Forster, Esq., M.P. The report read by Mr. Bourne spocially referred to the general educa
Sir Thomas Chambers, M.P.; Rev. D. Moore, Lord Hatherley, and the Earl of Harrowby, addressed the meeting.
THE Book Society.-The Earl of Shaftesbury presided at the annual meeting and soirée, held at the Guildhall Coffee House. The society has for its object the promotion of religious knowledge among the poor, and the report read by Rev. I. Vale Mummery, F.R.A.S., showed an expenditure of £6,730. Speakers Revs. J. H. Wilson, W. P. Tiddy, Dr. Doudney, J. De K. Williams, H. M. Baker, General Aylmer, and others.
YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN AssociaTION.---This meeting was held in Exeter Hall on April 25th. Lord Shaftesbury presided, and addresses were given by S. Morley, Esq., M.P.; E. Lewis, Esq., M.P.; S. D. Waddy, Esq., M.P.; Rev. Joshua C. Harrison, and Rev. Robert Maguire, M.A. Pieces were sung in the intervals by the Jubilee Singers. During the year thirty
7-seven associations have been formed or revived, and between £70,000 and £80,000 have been subscribed for new association buildings at Edinburgh, Dundee, Birmingham, Liver. pool, and Manchester.
BRITISH SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL AMONG THE JEWS. -The thirty-third annual meeting was held on May 10, in the Conference Hall, Mildmay Park. Chairman, Rev. Professor McAll. The Rev. Josiah Miller, M.A., read the report. A station has been commenced during the year by a medical missionary at Odessa. Work has been continued in Warsaw, Rome, and Vienna. The Jews in Germany, Austria, Roumania, Turkey, and North Africa have had missionaries working among them with some good results, while the Israelites in Great Britain have not been forgotten. Income, £7,601 59. 1178., and expenditure, £7,914 58. 9d. The speakers were the Revs. E. R. Conder, R. D. Wilson, Dr. Culross, W. Tyler, and R. Grant Brown, the latter of whom has been appointed secretary of the Society, in place of Rev. Josiah Miller, M.A., who had resigned
CHRISTIAN EVIDENCE SOCIETY.—The sixth annual meeting was held at Willis's Rooms, May 10th ; Bishop Claughton presided. The Rev. Peter Barker, M.A., read the report. Lectures on the evi. dences have been given in London and the provinces, and open-air addresses have been delivered. The expenses of the lectures in London have been borne by a lady in Scotland. Mr. Sanday's book on “The Gospels in the Second Century," has been published at the Society's expense.
The receipts have been £1,620, and the expenditure £1,533. The Bishop of Carlisle, Rev. Dr. Angus,
HOME MISSIONARY SOCIETY.—This Society held its annual meeting in the Memorial Hall, on Tuesday, May 10; 8. Morley, Esq., M.P., in the chair. The report read by the Rev. J. H. Wilson stated that the agency during the year had been greatly blessed. The treasurer's report showed the income to have been £4,802 188. 6d., and the ex. penditure $4,492 8s. 7d. The Rev. Dr. Brown, the Rev. Herber Evans, the Earl of Shaftesbury, the Rev. J. G. Rogers, B.A., and the Rev. J. P. Chown delivered earnest and interesting ad. dresses.
CONGREGATIONAL UNION OF ENGLAND AND WALES.
THE FORTY-SIXTH ANNUAL ASSEMBLY. On Monday evening, May the 8th, the Memorial Hall was filled with ministers and delegates from all parts of the United Kingdom. The Rev. Dr. Aveling presided.