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nest from a cruel foe, shines out the same kind of Providence which watches the falling sparrow and numbers the hairs of our heads.

TESTIMONY OF THE AGED. When the saintly Polycarp was being led to the fiery stake at the age of a hundred years, he was urged by some of the heathen to renounce Christ by uttering even so much as one word against him, and to save himself from the agonies of a cruel death. But you remember his noble answer :

Eighty and six years have I served Him, and He has never done me anything but good all my life; and shall I now renounce Him in my old

age ?"

When Philip Henry, the father of the great commentator, was preaching towards the end of his long ministry at Broad Oak, on the words, “My yoke is easy, and My burden is light,” he appealed in a manner which affected many that heard it, to the experiences of all that had “ drawn in that yoke,” in the following words : “Call now if there be any that will answer you, and to which of the saints will you turn ? Turn to whom you will, and they will all agree that they have found wisdom's ways pleasantness, and Christ's commandments not grievous; and (he added) I will here witness for one who, through grace, has in some poor measure been drawing this yoke now above thirty years, and I have found it an easy yoke, and like my choice too well to change.

THE GREAT MASTER. I am my own master !” cried a young man proudly, when a friend tried to persuade him from an enterprise which he had on hand ; "I am my own master !"

“Did you ever consider what a responsible post that is ?” asked his friend.

Responsible ? Is it ?” “A master must lay out the work which he wants done, and see that it is done right. He should try to secure the best ends by the best means. He must keep on the look-out against obstacles and accidents, and watch that everything goes straight, else he must fail.”

66 Well.”

“To be master of yourself you have your conscience to keep clear, your heart to cultivate, your temper to govern, your will to direct, and your judgment to instruct. You are master over a hard lot, and if you don't master them they will master you.”

"That is so," said the young man.

“Now I could undertake no such thing,” said his friend. “I should fail sure, if I did. Saul wanted to be his own master and failed. Herod did. Judas did. No man is fit for it. One is my master, even Christ.' I work under His direction. He is regulator, and where He is master all goes right."

“One is my master, even Christ,” repeated the young man slowly and seriously; "everybody who puts himself sincerely under His leadership wins at last."

IN CHRIST. The wilderness is nearly traversed, Canaan and Jerusalem are almost within my view ; the summits of the everlasting hills are already appearing. What manner of person, then, ought I to be in all holy conversation, and godliness, looking for and hastening unto the coming of the day of God? I must press forward ; and so much the more as I see the day approaching, I must be consistent and heavenly-minded, so walking worthy of my calling, and setting my affections on things above. For what have I, who have a crown in prospect, a Kingdom in reversion, to do with the vanities or pleasures of this poor passing world? My eye is above; my treasure is in heaven; shall not my heart be there also ? If I am in Christ, I must seek to be like Him, and to follow Him more and more closely, as the night is hastening to an end, and the day about to break. If I am in sorrow, I shall call to mind that weeping endureth but for a night, joy cometh in the morning. If I am in comfort, I must see that this prosperity which God has given me is making me a holier man, and a more self-denying worker for Him who loved me and washed me from my sins in His own blood. If I am poor, I shall rejoice that my day of wealth is just at hand. If I am rich, I shall take this gold which my Lord has given me and lay it all at His beloved feet. Mine must be no half discipleship-no service of two masters-no divided heart. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. What remains of this brief life of mine must be given wholly to the Lord.

THE ECHO. LITTLE George did not yet know what the echo was

Once when he was in the woods he called out, “Ho! ho !" Directly the echo answered him, “Ho! ho !" He called out, wondering,

66 Where art thou ?" The voice called out, “Where art thou ?" He said, “You are a stupid fellow !"

Stupid fellow !" the woods took up the echo again. Then George became vexed, and kept on calling out all sorts of nicknames in the woods.

All was repeated to him again.

He looked about for the meddling boy all over the woods ; but he searched in vain, he could find no one.

Then George ran home, and told his mother that a bad boy, hidden in the woods, had mocked him, and called him names.

The mother said, “This time you are rightly served, and have made a laughing-stock of yourself. Be assured, you have heard nothing but your own words. Just as you have often seen your face in the water, now you have heard your voice in the woods. If you had called out a friendly word, you would have received a friendly word in return."

So it generally happens that the conduct of others is mostly only the echo of cur own. If we treat them kindly they will be friendly towards us ; tut ii re are rough and ill-mannered towards them, so must we expect nothing better from them.

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Obituaries.

THE REV. R. HALLEY, D.D.

Eighty years ago, on the 13th of August, 1796, Robert Halley was born at Blackheath, and thus lived through many changes--social, political, and religious, which it was his delight in old age to recount as affording satisfactory proofs that the world was making progress, and that the kingdom of Christ was ad. vancing. Early deprived of a mother's care, he was religiously and somewhat strictly brought up by his father, a Scotch Anti-burgher, who, on coming to England, had joined the Independents, and was a very active deacon of the church at High-street, Deptford, and a warm friend of its pastor, the Rev. J. T. Barker. Robert, the eldest son, on leaving school, showed little aptitude for his father's business of nurseryman, greatly pre ng read ing and study; and as he early in life became a decided Christian youth, and engaged in Sunday-school work, his gift of utterance was developed, and he was encouraged to consecrate his mental powers, and his facility for imparting his own convictions, to the highest service, that of the Christian ministry. This early decision he never repented, and from eighteen to eighty embraced every opportunity of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Having passed through his college course at Homerton, under the tutorship of Dr. Pye - Smith and Rev. W. Walford, names

ever held by him in the highest esteem, he became pastor of the church at St. Neots, where he married the excellent woman who for forty years was a true and loving help to him, both in his home and in his work. Here he not only preached regularly three times on Sunday, and held frequent services at out-stations,

but he also educated young men, and had the training of missionary students entrusted to him. This led to his being appointed the resident and classical tutor, when Highbury College was opened in 1826, and for thirteen years he presided over that institution, till in 1839 he was invited to succeed Dr. M‘All at Morley-street Chapel, Man. chester, His preaching had already been highly appreciated when supplying other pulpits, but now that he devoted his life to ministerial work, his success was more manifest. Many will never forget the Sabbath morning sermons in which he so clearly expounded Christian doctrine, never failing by earnest appeal to bring the truth to bear upon the consciences of his hearers. Very impressive, too, was the scene on Sunday evenings, when his winter courses of lectures to young men brought crowds together, some walking in from neighbouring towns ; and though often obliged to stand during the service, thinking themselves well repaid by the earnest, instructive, helpful words to which they listened. After nine years a new chapel in Cavendish-street was built, which, with day and Sundayschools, cost £30,000, and in this hand. some Gothic edifice he continued his ministry for nine years more. During the whole of his Manchester life he took an active part in various philanthropic and religious movements, being so effective a platform speaker that a public meeting was hardly considered complete unless he took a part; and on more than one occasion he held turbulent assemblies in fixed attention, while he exposed fallacies with his clear insight and keenwitted words. In 1873, Dr. Halley returned to London as principal of New College, and for fifteen years more was able to render effective service there

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Cemetery, was attended by a large num. ber of his old students, and more would have been there had it not taken place when so many are absent from home. Of him it may emphatically be said that “he came to his grave in full age, like a shock of corn cometh in his season ;" while his name and his work will long be held in grateful and loving remembrance.

training another generation of ministers, among whom were some of the sons of his Highbury students. He still continued to preach on Sundays wherever he was asked, so that he was known in the churches all over England, Rutland being the only county in which his voice as a preacher has not been heard.

In 1872 advancing years made it desirable for him to retire from public life, when a testimonial amounting to more than £3,000 was presented to him, largely contributed by the many ministers in whose college training he had borne an important part. Still he preached on with almost unabated regularity till the beginning of this year, and even as late as the last Sunday in June occupied his son's pulpit at Arundol, where he was spending the summer months. He felt his strength declining, and calmly awaited the great change, constantly recounting the proofs of God's goodness to him throughout his life. No disease attacked him; the lamp of life gradually burnt out, and five days after attaining his eightieth birthday he was unable to rise as usual, and after a few hours of semi-unconsciousness, without pain, he quietly passed away, having thanked God on the evening before his death for being with him “to the

very

last.” We have not space to speak of him as an author, but his Congregational Lectures on the Sacraments, and the controversies arising out of them, with his “ History of Lancashire Nonconformity,' sufficiently attest his literary ability. For many years he was

one of the managers of this magazine, was a frequent contributor to its pages, and at the last half-yearly meeting expressed his unabated attachment to it, and his earnest hope that it might long continue its useful career. He was twice called upon to preach the missionary sermon at Surrey Chapel, and in 1855 was Chairman of the Congregational Union of England and Wales. His funeral, which took place at Abney

THE REV. WILLIAM CAMPBELL, M.A. It is with sacred pleasure that we inscribe a few lines to the memory of the late Rev. William Campbell, M. A., of Anerley. Born of reputable and pious parents at Wick, in the north of Scotland, in the year 1803, and deprived of his father at a very early age, he went with his widowed mother and two orphan sisters to reside at Thurso, some twenty or thirty miles north-west of his birthplace. His aptitude and eagerness for acquiring knowledge early developed themselves, and in the parish school of this town he laid a good foundation in English and classical learning. But while yet a youth, he proceeded to Edinburgh University, where he applied himself so diligently and successfully to the usual studies of that seat of learning, that he obtained his degree of M.A. before reaching manhood.

In looking to the future, he had once thought of devoting himself to the study of law, with the view of practising as an advocate at the Scottish bar. But as his religious convictions matured, and he had already become & member of the Congregational Church at Thurso, then presided over by the Rev. E. Ewing, he decided on choosing the Christian ministry, and that in the service of the Congregationalists. In aid of his further preparation for this office, he offered himself for admission to Highbury College, London, and was accepted. Under the late Dr. Robert Halley and Dr. Ebenezer Hendersonthe former the Classical, and the latter the Hebrew and Theological tutor-bo

honourably passed through a curriculum of four years, and was shortly after ordained pastor of the Congregational Church at Cheltenham, where he won the esteem and confidence of many. Here, howover, he did not remain long, leaving in 1839 for the pastorate of St. James's Chapel, Newcastle-uponTyne, where he contracted a most happy marriage. Lut to trace his interesting and efficient ministry in this place, and subsequently at Stockton-on-Tees, at Sydenhanı, and at Monmouth, or to give any adequate idea of his mental resources, of his life-long services to the EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE, of his literary labours in connection with other religious periodicals, and of his genial converse and companionship, would far exceed the limits within which this notice is necessarily confined. It must suffice to say that for the last eight years of his life he resided at Anerley, near London, much withdrawn, in conse

quence of declining health, from all public engagements, and chiefly occupied with his facile pen, which was wholly devoted to the interests of truth and piety. His last illness was a prolonged one of ten weeks, during which he manifested a calm and steady resignation to the Divine will, animated and cheered with those grand Christian themes of which it had been his delight to preach and write. In the afternoon of Saturday, July 8th, of the present year, aged 72, he exchanged earth for heaven, bequeathing a precious memory to his bereaved wife and family-two sons and two daughters. On the following Thursday, his remains were interred in Norwood Cemetery, attended by a numerous company of ministerial brethren and others, who loved and honoured him, and bore witness to his eminent intellectual and Christian worth.

W. F.

Notices of Books.
The History of the Reformation | Hymns, Verses, and Chants.

in Europe in the Time of Calvin, By GEORGE Rawson. (London:
By the Rev. J. H. MERLE Hodder and Stoughton.)
D'AUBIGNE, D.D. Vol. VII. (Lon- Some of Mr. Rawson's hymns are

don: Longmans, Green, and Co.) found in Congregational Collections, and This is the last volume but one of an several others are well suited for use in admirable library edition of Merle the Service of Song. Poetry and piety D'Aubigné's popular work. It contains are bappily united in his writings, as many graphic sketches of individual

they ever should be ; for the Muse is a and social experience during the Re- fallen angel if she has no sacrod aspiraformation period in Denmark, Sweden, tions. Mr. Rawson's Chants are very Norway, Hungary, Poland, Bohemia, fine. His versions of some of the and the Netherlands. The additional

Psalms are not so happy. light thrown upon Calvin's character and work, shows that they should be The Lights and Shadows of Spiritregarded with more favour than many uul Life. By OctaviuS WINSLOW, have been wont to manifest. “It is D.D. (London : Shaw and Co.) generally imagined,” says the author, These chapters on “Spiritual Life,” " that the doctrines of Calvin were of designed to illustrate its moral phean extreme and intolerant character; nomena from its dawn to its consumma. but, in fact, they were moderate, mediat- tion, have the marked character of Dr, ing, and conciliatory."

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