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The Christian's Secret of a Happy

Life. By H. W. S. (London:

F. E. Longley.) It is certain, as the author teaches, that with more simple trust in the Lord Jesus as our Saviour, and with more child-like submission to our heavenly Father's will, there would be more spiritual peace and strength ; but then statements are made that seem to render unnecessary such exhortations as these : “ Labour for the food that endures to everlasting life;" “ Give diligence to make your calling and election sure ;' ' Fight the good fight of faith.” Such works need to be read with carefulness, or impaired spiritual sensibility may be confounded with the signs of true holiness.

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the part dealing with the genuineness of the Gospels in the light of the most recent criticism has been entirely rewritten. We observe that the author abides by his views of the lawfuluess of theatrical amusements, under certain conditions and restrictions, notwithstanding the objections which have been raised to them Science and the Bible correlatively

sustained and vindicated. By SAMUEL ALEXANDER BRADSHAW.

(London : C. Poplett.) This is a strange mixture of fanciful assumptions and Scripture truths. The author wishes to show that Ezekiel's vision of the four cherubims is a symbolical representation of our modern railway system; but in endeavouring to establish his views, he puts his ideas into the Bible instead of drawing them from it. The Scriptures were given to enlighten us about spiritual realities, which we could not discover of our. selves ; and not about physical science that falls within the province of our own reason. The Soldiers of France. By J.

B. P. (London : Morgan and

Chase.) We have here a brief but interesting record of the gospel labours of an English lady amongst the French soldiery. A good deal of important information is given of French manners and customs. We learn that there is less drunkenness and dissipation than is to be found in the English my; but that the great want in the French army and hospitals is “a ministry of love,” and Christian services, which are highly valued. The Junior Clerk. A Tale of

City Life. By EDWIN HODDER.

(London ; Hodder and Stoughton.) Parents and guardians would do well to place a copy of this interesting and instructive book in the hands of those just commencing their career amidst the temptations of a great city.

Women in the Reign of Queen

Victoria. By MADAME R. A. CAP

LIN. (London : Dean and Son.) This volume opens with an interesting chapter on the characteristics of our Queen's reign. The second chapter shows the stupendous fact that Queen Victoria reigns over one-fourth of the human race, and that every fourth woman on the face of the earth is her subject. Much useful information is given about professional women, female workers and their work. My dear Old Home, and the

Sisters. By J. B. L., Author of “Lotty Wilson, (London :

Elliot Stock.) The first part of this book may interest the young, and the latter part may also profit them in the matter of temper.

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The Hive and ts Wonders.

(London : Religious Tract Society.) This is a most instructive and interesting book to put into the hands of the young. It would be improved if the religious ideas were seen in every case to arise naturally and spontaneously from the general subject.

Outside the Fol. By THOMAS found them nearer home; and that we W. AVELING, D.D. (London:

in England especially aro Ephraim, to Hodder and Stoughton).

whom such abundant promises were This is an appropriate compliment to made. The question is deeply interest. the spring address concerning matters ing, and deserves investigation. “ Within the Fold.” Our relations to

Rivers of Waters in a Dry Place. other churches—to Evangelistic and benevolent associations—to the commer

(London : Religious Tract Society).

The name of Robert Moffatt has loog cial, political and educational activities

been

power and a charm in all parts of of our times, and the duties arising from

the world. This brief account of the these relations are dealt with clearly and

introduction of Christianity into South practically. The chairman of the Con

Africa, and of Mr. Moffatt's labours gregational Union gives the fruits of

there, will be read with special interest his long pastoral experience in a form

by all the friends of Missions. that may prove most hopeful to his brethren.

Our Ethel; a Polished Corner Life in the Southern Isles, &c.

Stone. By the Author of “God's

Truth,” &c. (London: W. Hunt By the Rey. WILLIAM WYATT Gill,

and Co.) B.A. (London : Religious Tract

A beautiful illustration of faith and Society.). We made Mr. Gill's acquaintance likely to benefit anyin like circumstances.

patience in a consumptive sufferer, and when he was recently in this country, and from his intelligence and the enthu- Love Sweetens Truth ; or, How siasm of his missionary spirit we are not Caleb Conquered. (London : Reat all surprised to find his book un. ligious Tract Society). usually interesting and instructive.

An interesting story of a lad who lost While, of course, there is much that is his mother when he was but young, and entirely new to us, among other things who started out in his chequered life we were greatly struck with the heathen with little else than a mother's bless. ceremonies on the re-appearance of the ing, which he found to be a rich legacy. constellation of the Pleiades, which held an important place in their mythology,

Memoirs of Rev. Charles G. as determining the commencement of the Finney. Written by himself. new year, and was welcomed with fran. (London: Hodder and Stoughton). tic dances and discordant shell music. We have a very distinct and happy We thank Mr. Gill for his book, which recollection of seeing and hearing this will prove a most acceptable new year's eminent American Evangelist some 30 gift, especially to our juvenile friends. years ago, when he was preaching in

London. We have not forgotten his The Veil Lifted from Israel ; commanding figure and his forcible

What Israel ought to do; and Hymns utterance. We welcome this autobio.
and Hebrew Melodies for Israel. By graphy of a good man, who did a good
T. K. DE VERDON. (London S. work on both sides of the Atlantic. We
W. Partridge).

are not a little amazed at the amount of Mr. De Verdon is one of those who

labour which is here set forth, and we think that the Anglo-Saxons are the

are exceedingly struck with the full house of Israel; that we have been recognition of the presence and power of going over all the world searching for the Holy Spirit, by which his labours the lost ten tribes, whilst we could have were rendered so eminently successful.

BRIEFER NOTICES, School Pictures drawn froin Life. (London: Religious Tract Society.) Short but interesting stories of boysand girls, from which older boys and girls may learn useful lessons.-Setma, the Turkish Cap. tive. (London:, Religious Tract Society.) This is a story, translated from the Ger. man, of the daughter of a Turkish merchant who, in a remarkable way, became acquainted with the truth as it is in Jesus.- Lady Clarissa. By Emma Jane Worboise. (London: James Clarke and Co.) A story of considerable interest, powerfully written.- Up to Fifteen : A Tale for Boys. By the Author of “ Only One.” (London: Religious Tract Society.) We have here a story of considerable in

terest, which will be found very instructive to lads on leaving school and starting for life.—Soldier Sam, and Lillie's Dream. (London: Religious Tract Society.) These pretty interesting stories illustrate the favourable and useful influence of children..-Uncle John's Stories for all Weathers. (London: Religious Tract Society.) This is a famous book for young folks, and will show them how to be useful and how to be disagreeable. The Snow-Drops ; or, Life from the Dead. (London : S. W. Partridge and Co.) A pretty and elegantly printed little volume containing a simple story of domestic sorrow and its salutary discipline, with attractive illustrations specially suited

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Our Chronicle. LONDON CONGREGATIONAL UNION. - and the Rev. Dr. Parker on “CongreOn Tuesday, November 7th, the half. gationalism in London." The Rev. M. yearly meeting of this Union was held Jones concluded the proceedings with at the Memorial Hall, James Spicer, prayer. Esq., in the chair. The Revs. J. C. Harrison and Dr. Raleigh offered prayer. After the Chairman's address, the Rev. Hants CONGREGATIONAL Union. Ll. Bevan read a paper on “ How to do The autumnal meetings of this Union our Aggressive Work from Church

were held on the 17th and 18th October Centres, and by Legitimate Use of

at Southampton, under the presidency Church Agencies," on which an in. of the Rev. H. H. Carlisle, LL.B. On teresting discussion arose. The Rev.

Wednesday, the 18th, the president B. Waugh moved, and Rev. G. M. gave his inaugural address on

" Power Murphy seconded, a résolution relating to work for Christ." At the business to the election of members for the session, the treasurer, W. 0. Purchase, School Boards, and the importance of Esq., presented the accounts. The carrying out the provisions of the Act total expenditure for the year was £937 of 1870. In the evening, a public 93. 60. The Rev. J. E. Fowler, M.A., meeting was held in the large hall, read the report of the general committeu. under the presidency of James Spicer, The Evangelistic committee's report Esq. After sioging and prayer, the was presented by the Rer. J. W. Wal. Chairman, in his address, observed that ker, B.A. In the evening, a public the society had not been more than meeting was held at the Watts' Memo. three years in existence, but is growing rial Hall, W.0. Purchase, Esq., in the in strength every day. The Rev. J. chair. Addresses were given by Mr. H. Foster and the Rev. W. M, Statham J. Orchard, the Rev. R. A. Davies, and spoke on “ Christian Work in London," the Rev. J. W. Walker, B.A., &c.

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CoxGREGATIONAL SCHOOL, LEWISHAM. -The meeting of the Congregational School for the education of ministers' sons, for the half-yearly election, was held on Tuesday, October 31st, at the Memorial Hall; the Rev. J. G. Rogers in the chair. After prayer, the Rev. J. Viney, honorary secretary, read the minutes. The meeting was then addressed by Mr. Rogers, who urged the claims of the institution, drawing attention to the fact that while there were eighteen candidates for admission only five could be elected: He recommended that at least ten boys should be received, and that special appeals should be made to meet the extra cost of £150.

A resolution was passed suggesting the reconsideration of the question of admitting "lay-boys” as day scholars. The Rev. T. Rudd, the principal, spoke in strong terms of the high moral tone and general condition of the school.

T. Gasquoine, the president, gave an address on “ Congregationalism in its relation to National Blorals." Papers were read by Mr. C. Horne, M.A., on the “ Present Relations between the Church of England and the Noncon. formist Bodies," ard by Mr. C. Minshall

“ Children and the Church." The association is in a prosperous condition. Mr. Minshall was chosen chairman for next year. In the evening a meeting was held in the Public Hall, Mr. Thomas Barnes in the chair. The secretary read the report. The Revs. M. Simon, J. B. Walton, and T. Robia. son delivered addresses. The meeting was closed in the usual way.

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BERKS ASSOCIATION.—The autumnal meeting of the Berks Association, which includes part of South Oxon and South Bucks, was held at Maidea bead on Tuesday, November 7th. The Rev. William Orr in the chair. S. Morley, Esq., M.P., and the Rev. J. H. Wilson represented the Home Missionary So. ciety. The Rev. D. Martin read a paper on “ Prayer.” In the evening, there was a public meeting, Mr. Morley in the chair. The Rev. Dr. McAuslane, E. Shalders, and others, spoke on “ Church Work,” “ Christian Unity," and " Home Evangelization,

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SUSSEX HOME MISSIONARY SOCIETY. - The annual meetings were held at Brighton, on Monday and Tuesday, October 30th and 31st. The general meeting was held on Tuesday morning, The Rev. J. H: Wilson, and Mr. S. Morley, M.P., were present from the Home Missionary Society: The income for the year, including £200 from Home Missionary Society, exceeded £1,000. A public meeting was held in the evening in the Town Hall, Mr. Morley in the chair: The Rev. A. Foyster read the report, and the meeting was addressed by the Rev. J. Graham, late of Sydney, Rev. J. H? Wilson, Rev. C. J. New, and several of the evangelists, who gave gratifying accounts of their work among the people in their districts.

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SALOP Association. The autumnal meeting of the Salop Association of Ministers and Churches was held at Oswestry, on Tuesday morning, October 24th, at Hermon Chapel. The Rev.

HERTS CONGREGATIONAL ASSOCIATION. - The annual meeting of this association was held at Berkhampstead on the 29th of October, and following day. On

Tuesday, the Rev. W. Cuthbertson, B.A., expounded the principles in the scheme of the Finance Conference, and resolutions were passed thereon. In the evening a public meeting was held, the Rev. R. Alliott in the chair. The Rev. S. W. McAll, M.A., spoke on • The Necessity of Creating an Atmosphere for Spiritual Work," the Rev. G. Twentyman, M.A., • English Life and Christian Liberty,” the Rev. S. B. Driver on “ Christian Family Life," and the Rev. G. Bainton on “Sympathetic Congregationalism.”

SIR CHARLES Rzes.-A large assemblage of the inhabitants of Hackney took place in the Town Hall, on Monday afternoon, November 20th, when a fulllength portrait of Sir Charles Reed, Chairman of the School Board for London, was presented to the borough of Hackney, for which he sat in Parliament from December, 1868, until February, 1874. The portrait, which had been paid for by subscription, was presented by Mr. Morley, M.P., and accepted by the Hackney District Board of Works.

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News of Our Churches.

Rev. LLEWELLYN Bevan, LL.B., of Tottenham Court-road, has resigned his charge, and is about to remove to New York.

MINISTERIAL CHANGES,

SETTLEMENTS, &c. Rev. JONATHAN ROEBUCK, of the Edinburgh Theological Institute, has accepted a call to the church at Stir. ling.

Rev. James Bedell has resigned his charge of Oldham Road Congregational Church, after a pastorate of thirty years.

Rev. EDWIN Baker, of Manchester, is about to enter upon the pastorate of the Old Chapel, Stroud.

Rev. J. BYLES, late of Blackburn, has accepted the pastorate of Ealing, Midàlesex.

Rev. J.J. NORTHAM, of Nottingham Institute, has undertaken the charge of the church at Madeley, Salop.

Rev. J. PRESTON, of Great Harwood, has been compelled by ill-health to resign his charge, and is about to try the benefit of a sea voyage to Australia.

Rev. JOHN JONES has resigned the pastorate of Bishopsgate Chapel, London.

Rev. D. Waters, of Sheffield, has removed to Salem Chapel, Stockbridge.

Rev. J. STUCHBERY, B.A., has given up his charge at Cuckfield, in consequence of impaired health.

ORDINATIONS & RECOGNITIONS.

Rev. H. W. MOTE was ordained to the pastorate at Mitcham, October 31st. The Rev. S. Sabine Read offered the ordination prayer. The Rev. A. McAuslane, D.D., delivered the charge, and the Rev. J. Knaggs addressed the church. The Rev. D. M. Jenkins read a paper on “ The nature of a Christian Church.”

Rev. William STATHAM, late of Hull, was recognised as minister of Harecourt Chapel, Canonbury, on October 31st. The Rev. D. Raleigh occupied the chair, and addresses were delivered by the chairman, and the Revs. J. G. Rogers, R.A., Dr. Allon, A. Hannay, E. Paxton Hood, Mr. Johnson, of Hull, and others.

Rev. JOHN JONES, of Caerleon and Maeslach, was ordained November 9th. Revs. W. J. Davies, W. Shillito, H. Oliver, B.A., J. B. Knight, and others took part in the solemnity.

Rev. J. HUTCHINSON was recognised at Crawley, Sussex, November 9th,

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