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THE DROWSY SENTINEL. A GENERAL, after gaining a great victory, was encamping with his army for the night. He ordered watch to be kept all around the camp as usual. One of the sentinels, as he went to his station, grumbled to himself, and said : “Why could not the general let us have a quiet night's rest for once, after beating the enemy? I'm sure there is nothing to be afraid of.”
The man then went to his station, and stood for some time looking about him. It was a bright night, with a harvest-moon, but, as he could see no sign of danger anywhére, he said to himself, “I am terribly tired ; I shall sleep for just five minutes, out of the moonlight, under the shadow of this tree.” So he lay down.
Presently he started up, dreaming that some one had pushed a lantern before his eyes, and he found that the moon was shining brightly down on him through the branches of the tree above him. The next minute an arrow whizzed past his ear, and the whole field before him seemed alive with soldiers in dark-green coats, who sprang up from the ground, where they had been silently creeping onward, and rushed toward him.
Fortunately the arrow had missed him ; so he shouted aloud to give the alarm, and ran back to some other sentinels. The army to which he belonged was thus saved, and the soldier said, “I shall never forget, as long as I live, that when one is at war, one must watch."
Our whole life is a war with evil. Just after we have conquered it, it sometimes attacks us when we least expect it. For example, when we have resisted the temptation to be cross and pettish or disobedient, sometimes when we are thinking, “How good we have been !" comes another sudden temptation, and we are not on our guard, and do not resist it. Jesus says to us, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation.”
COUNT THEM. Count what? Why, count the mercies which have been quietly falling in your path through every period of your history. Down they come every morning and evening, angel messengers from the Father of lights to tell you of your best friend in heaven. Have you lived these years, wasting mercies, treading them beneath your feet, and consuming them every day, and never yet realised from whence they came ? If you have, Heaven pity you! You have murmured under your affliction ; but who has heard you rejoice over your blessings ? Do you ask what are these mercies ? Ask the sunbeam, the rain-drop, the star, or the queen of night. What is life but a mercy? What is the propriety of stopping to play with a thorn-bush when you may just as well pluck sweet flowers and eat pleasant fruits? Happy is he who looks at the bright side of life, of providence, and of revelation ; who avoids thorns and sloughs, until his Christian growth is such that, if he cannot improve them, he may pass among them without injury. Count mercies before you complain of affliction.
THE REV. JOHN KELLY, LIVERPOOL. Few names are more familiar to our readers than that of the venerable minister of Christ whose decease it is our sad duty to record. Mr. Kelly was for many years one of the managers of the EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE, and a frequent contributor to its pages. In the June number, a few days before his death, an article, entitled “ The Glory of God His Chief End, and the Highest Motive in Christian Service," appeared from his pen. Within the limited space at our command it is only possible to glance at a few of the incidents of the protracted and useful career of the deceased. John Kelly was born in Edinburgh December 1st, 1801, and died in Liverpool June 12th, 1876. Nearly fifty years of his life were passed in the ministry of the Gospel in the latter place. Mr. Kelly received his early education at Heriot's Hospital, Edinburgh. He was led to a knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus by the ministry of the Rev. Dr. Gordon, through whose frequent and earnest persuasions he was led to a diligent study of the Scriptures. Sometime after his conversion, circumstances induced Mr. Kelly to remove to England. He took up his abode in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Whilst there he became actively engaged in various forms of Christian work, and, at length, on the suggestion and recommendation of his minister, Rev. Robert Martin, he entered Idle—now Airedale-College, at that time under the care of Rev. W. Vint. Mr. Kelly made his first visit to Liverpool in January, 1827, and such were the impressions produced by him, that the people to whom he ministered, bereaved, within the past year, of their pastor, the Rev. S. P. Charrier, earnestly besought his permanent services. With much hesitation, and with the understanding that he should be allowed to complete his curriculum at Airedale, he accepted the
overtures made to him. He entered upon his ministry in July, 1829. His ordination took place the following September. The charge to Mr. Kelly was delivered by the Rev. Richard Winter Hamilton, of Leeds. The early ministry of Mr. Kelly was crowned with great success; a larger chapel than the one occupied became needful, and in November, 1837, Crescent Chapel, built at a cost of £9,000, was opened, and became the scene of his after public ministry. No pastor was ever more faithful in the discharge of the various obligations to his flock than Mr. Kelly. His oversight of his people was in every respect conscientious and tender. His preparations for their spiritual instruction were most thorough. The fruit of such labours
those indicated were seen in the derotion of several young men of the church to the ministry at home, or important missionary service abroad. Passing over many marks of confidence and esteem which he received, it may be noted that he was elected Chairman of the Congregational Union of England and Wales in 1851, and was the Congregational Lecturer in 1860. The impulse given by Dr. Gordon to Mr. Kelly, in his early youth, became stronger with the increase of years. Few men knew the Bible so well, could handle it better, or were prepared to resist more resolutely any attack upon its integrity. Our narrow space forbids particular reference to controversies in which he became engaged. An illness from which Mr. Kelly suffered, about twelve years ago, put a considerable check upon his labours beyond his own church. He continued unwearied in his exertions for his charge up to the term of his pastorate. He preached his farewell sermon September 28th, 1873, and on October 14th following a public meeting was held, under the presidency of Dr. Raleigh, at which he was presented with an address and £2,700. Mr. Kelly
to the death of Mr. Kelly, were preached at the Crescent Chapel, and in many other places of worship. In the Congregational Chapels the name and work of Dr. Raffles were gratefully recalled in connection with those of Mr. Kelly, who, for so many years, laboured with him in the Gospel.
REV. THOMAS MAXX.
lived three years after his retirement from his official duties. It was a calm, bright, blessed eventide. At home he was made perfectly happy by the unremitting, tender attentions of his chil. dren; he received frequent visits from ministerial friends; and, up to January last, joined, with all his heart, in the social enjoyments of his brethren. Frequent were his expressions of gratitude for the abounding mercies of God. We could have wished, and he would have been willing, that this tranquil, grateful season had been prolonged ; but it was otherwise ordained. From the beginning of the year his strength began to fail. He was obliged to desist from preaching altogether, but, within a week or two of his death, he kept up his old studious habits. The days of absolute prostration were few, and in his weakness the truth he had preached was his stay and solace. The end came at last, and, thankful as we should have been for its postponement, we must feel, to use his own words, in a letter regretting his absence from a meeting convened to do honour to Dr. William Rees, “ all is right,” and bow submissively to the will of the Sovereign Ruler of life and death. The respect shown to the memory of Mr. Kelly on the occasion of his funeral was very marked. The services were conducted by Rev. W. C. Bishop, C. M. Birrell, W. Graham, J. M. Blackie, R. Wardlaw Thompson, and E. Hassan. The Independent ministers of Liverpool and neighbourhood, with scarcely an exception, attended. Ministers of various religious denominations, and representatives of different societies in the town, were present. The respective Synods of the United Presbyterian Church, and the English Presbyterian Church, and the Synod of the newlyconstituted Presbyterian Church of England sent deputations. In the presence of those referred to, and hundreds besides, the remains of our venerated friend were committed to their last resting. place. Sermons, with special reference
Os the 4th of May last, died at his residence, Northwood-place, West Cowes, the Rev. Thomas Mann, at the advanced age of 80 years. He had for some time retired from active work through failing health, and received from the Pastors' Retiring Fund a liberal prori. sion until his decease. For upwards of 40 years he was the esteemed minister of the Sun Hill Independent Chapel, West Cowes, and he was well known throughout Hampshire during that career as a lecturer on various topics, there being few towns in that county he had not frequently visited in this capacity. He was the author of several thoughtful and suggestive little works; among these his Hints on the Gift of Prayer de. serves special mention, and up till within a few days of his death he was engaged in his literary occupation. Amongst his numerous family, two are in the Christian ministry, both abroad, and the others occupying positions of usefulness in England and other parts of the world. His sufferings during the last few years were, at intervals, very great; yet his mind and faculties, up to the last, were remarkably clear, and his frequent letters to his near relatives throughout his whole declining life were pithy, instructive, and pleasing. In writing to one of his grandchildren last December, he said :—“I have reason to rejoice in possessing more strength than I had last Christmas, but a severe cold, and consequent difficulty of breathing, occasion me some trial. The wonder is thst I am yet sustained on earth and so greatly blessed in this my 80th Christmastide. I have been very mercifully dealt with
by the God of my life." In the last letter, only a few weeks before his death, in reference to one of his favourite studies, he says:—“On my own account I am glad I once paid attention to the subject, and it has well repaid me. But the calls have now passed away. Since I last wrote, Mr. M--, who once employed me to write on the Island, has passed to that world to which I am hastening." The remains of the late Rev. T. Mann were interred at Northwood Cemetery, West Cowes, and the event was attended by every mark of
respect from those to whom he was so well known, including the Rev. J. B. Atkinson, late incumbent of St. Mary's, West Cowes, who for upwards of 50 years had been intimate with the deceased as a neighbour and fellow Christian worker; the deacons and a great number of the members, teachers, and elder scholars, all anxious to give this expres. sion of their esteem for him they had lost, and to exhibit, for the last time, the affectionate respect which had been won by a life of usefulness and rectitude.
Notices of Books. The Archeology of Baptism.
and the thanks of the author are given By WOLFRED Nelson Cote. (Lon
to some most eminent Baptist divines don : Yates and Alexander.)
and laymen of the day for aid generously Here is a volume which will delight
rendered by them towards its production. the hearts of Ritualists, and of all such as prefer the Fathers to the Apostles as
Commenting and Commentaries. the fountains of pure theology. If the
By C. H. SPURGEON. (London : reader loves to trace the development of Passmore and Alabaster.) doctrine through ante-Nicene and post
By commerting, the author underNicene and mediæval times down to the
stands the application of the Scrippresent day, especially if he be a little
tures to the heart, as well as the fanatical on the subject of immersion,
exposition of them to the understanding. here are pages which will be inarrow
Perhaps improvement in the public and fatness to his soul. The first part
reading of the Bible would help more of this book is on Baptism;" the
to the comprehension of its meaning and second on “Baptisteries and Fonts.”
force, than the current remarks of the It does not trouble the reader with much
reader upon it.
Good expositions of reference to Scripture; but it clearly
the Word of God are among the urgent shows the heathen origin of immersion
wants of our times, and the catalogue of as a religious rite, while it has many
Biblical Commentaries and Expositions well-executed engravings of ancient pic
appended to these lectures may contritures and frescos, some of them exhibit
bute to further one of the most difficult, ing its administration by baptised
but also one of the most beneficial pagans, others the “Baptisteries,” &c.,
modes of public teaching. used for the purpose, nearly all of them the drivelling superstition which had
Sanctification as E.chibited in the grown up around what some of our brethren call “Baptism.” The book is
Word of God. (London: Religious really not worth noticing, but it comes
Tract Society.) with some show of authority. It
We think the writer of this brief “ respectfully and affectionately in- treatise on a subject most important has scribed to the Rev. Charles Stovel,” rendered good service by “ gathering,”
Author of “Light at Eventide,” (London: Hamilton, Adams, and Co.), is a most praise worthy endeavour to enable the sick and those whose sight is failing to read with facility the great and consoling lessons of the Gospel.-Holiness : Scriptural and Practical, with Prefatory Note by the Rev. J. Tinson Wrenford, Ph.D. (London: Hodder and Stoughton), clearly presents the nature and practical character of true holiness.—Nonconformity in Idle, with the History of Airedale College, by J. Horsfall Turner, consists of a series of brief biographical sketches, with details respecting the rise and progress of the College. - Religious Liberty in the Church. yard; or, the Case for the Burial Bill Re-stated. By J. Carvell Williams. This pamphlet presents in a full and lucid form the history and present position of the Burials Bill, the grievances to be redressed by the Bill, proposed remedies, and objections to the proposed remedy.-Joe and Sally; or, a Good Deed and its Fruits. (S. W. Partridge and Co.) A lesson to the young, showing how much pleasure and reward may be the result of one kindly act. The Life of James McCurry. (S. W. Partridge and Co.) A temperance tale, in which the rescue of the author is strikingly pourtrayed, and graphic details given ofmany others who perished through intemperance.
HACKNEY COLLEGE. The annual meeting was held on Tuesday, June 27th, at Clapton Park Chapel ; E. Viney, Esq., treasurer, in the chair. Mr. G. H. Nichols, who had obtained the first Home's Jubilee Prize, read the prize essay on “Human Brotherhood, its Sacredness and Fitting Recognition." The Rev. J. Nunn read the report. The Rev. G. L. Turner had been laid aside
since February, but hoped to resume his duties next session. The temporary services of the Rev. N. Jennings, M.A., had been secured for the classical de partment, and the Rev. S. McAll had kindly taken the Hebrew. The examinations in Theology were conducted by Dr. Halley. The Rev. S. Hebditch presided at an oral examination, and the Rev. Dr. Parker gave texts on which