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The Supply of Ministers. By the
Rev. D. THOMAS, B.A., Bristol.

London : Hodder and Stoughton.
This is one of the papers read at the
autumnal meeting of the Congrega-
tional Union at Swansea. The sub-
ject was wisely chosen and honestly
treated. No one who is acquainted
with the religious world of London as
it was thirty years ago can have failed
to mark the serious decline of the In-
dependents in regard to pulpit ability.
The Claytons, the Fletchers, the Strat-
tens, have left no successors who oc-
cupy so large a sphere, or wield so
wide an influence, as they. The
mania for academical distinctions is
largely the cause of this falling off of
preaching power. New College is
more intent on turning out B.A.'s
than able ministers of the New Testa-
ment, and unless a reaction speedily
sets in, the Congregational body will
Fane into insignificance.
The New Cyclopædia of Illustrative
Anecdote. Designed for Minis-
ters, Teachers, and the Family
Circle. No.1, price Sixpence. To be
completed in Twelve Parts. Lon-
don: Elliot Stock, 62, Pater-

noster Row. This promises to become a valuable publication, especially useful to those whose limited education and scanty bookshelves place them at a disadvantage in the search for illustration.

and Miscellaneous Pieces. By Dr. EDMOND, London: W. Oliphant and Co.Little Lisette, the Orphan of Alsace, By the Author of Louis Michaud. London: Griffith & Farran. - Marion's Path through Shadow to Sunshine. By Mary MEEKE. London : E. Marlborough and Co., Ave Maria Lane.-- The Besieged City and the Heroes of Sweden. Edinburgh : W. Oliphant and Co.-- Under Gray Walls. BY SARAH DOUDNEY. Sunday School Union, 56, Old Bailey. - Ulrs. Gibbon's Parlour Maid. Specially dedicated to Domestic Servants. Edinburgh: W. Oliphant and Co.-Suzanne De L'Orme : a Story of France in Huguenot Times. By H. E. Edinburgh: Johnstone, Hunter, and Co.-From Tent to Palace: the Story of Joseph. London: Sunday School Union, 56, Old Bailey. - The Melvill Family and their Bible Readings. Edinburgh: Johnstone, Hunter & Co.-Grumbling Tommy and Contented Harry": " Buster and Baby Jim(Children's Friend Series). London: Seeley, Jackson, and Halliday, Fleet Street; S. W. Partridge, Paternoster Row.-Old Jonathan : The District and Parish Helper. London: W. H. and L. Collingridge, Aldersgate Street. Another year's issue of this true helper has come to hand. The very name associates itself with large, numerous, and excellent pictures, clear type, and first-rate teaching, and, in this instance, most deservedly so. May Old Jonathan do his parish work as well in the future as in the past.--The Note-Book. A Collection of Anecdotes and Illustrations for the Use of Teachers. First Series. London: Sunday School Union, 56, Old Bailey. A very useful and cheap publication, containing more than three hundred illustrations from various sources.


Soldier Fritz and the Enemies he
Fought : a Story of the Reformation.
London: The Religious Tract Society.
-The Wanderings of Master Peter
in Search of Knowledge. Edinburgh:
W.Oliphant and Co.-Nurse Grand's
Reminiscences at Home and Abroad.
By Miss BRIGHTWELL. London:
Religious Tract Society.—Scripture
Stories in Verse, with Sacred Songs



The Rev. John Whitaker (late of Barrow) has accepted a unanimous call to the pastorato of the Lancaster Baptist church.

The Rov. J. Hasler, of Downham Market, has accepted an unanimous invitation to the pastorate of the church at Andover.

MANCHESTER STREET CHAPEL, OLDHAM.—The Rev. E. Balmforth, of Rawdon College, was ordained to the pastorate of the church in this place on Wednesday, October the 25th.

SHIPLEY.-The Rev. R. Green, pas tor of Rope Street Baptist church, Shipley, has accepted a unanimous call to the church at Townhead, Sheffield.

MISCELLANEOUS. On Monday, October 30th, a recognition tea meeting, in connexion with the recent settlement of the Rey. T. R. Stevenson, as pastor of the church worshipping in Boutport Street chapel, Barnstaple, was held. Tea was provided in the commodious lecture-room. In spite of the stormy weather there was a large attendance. · The public meeting that followed was still more numerous. Rev. R. A. Bertram, pastor of the Congregational church, presided. Mr. Councillor Hills, one of the deacons, gave an account of the circumstances connected with the invitation given to, and accepted by, the new minister. Rev. T. R. Stevenson then addressed the meeting, offering “words of congratulation, caution, and entreaty." The following friends took part in the proceedings:-Rev. F. Bosworth, M.A., Exeter; E. Edwards, Torquay; J. Dixon, Crediton; F. F. Medcalf, Ilfracombe; W. Cutliffe, Brayford; J. P. Williams, Swimbridge; J. F. Avery, Tavistock; J. Glover, Combe Martin ; T. Philp, South Molton; B. Brown and W. T. Whitmarsh, Barnstaple. Letters regretting their

absence, had been received from Revs. W. G. Hailstone, of Appledore, and S. Laing, of Barnstaple. Cheering statements were made as to the prospects of the church, and warm sympathy with pastor and people was expressed. The whole proceedings were of a highly satisfactory nature.

GLASGOW.COMPLIMENTARY SOIREE TO THE REV. W. T. ROSEVEAR.-A social meeting of the friends of the Rey. W. T. Rosevear, was held in the hall of Hope Street Baptist Church on Tuesday evening, December 5th, to express their regret at the reverend gentleman's removal from their midst, and to present him with a testimonial in recognition of his character and high ministerial ability. The Rev. Samuel Newnam, of Edinburgh, presided, and among those present were the Rev. Dr. Pulsford, Rev. Dr. H. S. Paterson, Rev. S. Chapman, Rev. H. Moore, Messrs.John Anderson, Howard, Bowser, W.Quarrier, of Glasgow, and Rev. 0. Flett and Thomas Coates, Esq., of Paisley Letters of apology for unavoidable absence, and expressive of sympathy with the object of the meeting, were read from the Rev. John Ker, D.D., Rev. H. Batchelor, Rey. David Russell, and Rev. John Guthrie, M.A. The chairman, in the course of his address, alluded to his long and intimate acquaintance with Mr. Rosevear, and to the high repu. tation which the latter enjoyed. After some very kind remarks from Mr. Thos. Coates, Mr. D. Whitelaw, in the name of Mr. Rosevear's friends, presented him with an address and a cheque for £100, which he acknowledged in appropriate terms. Addresses were af. terwards delivered by Revs. 0. Flett, H. Moore, S. Chapman, and Mr. G. Dunn. Dr. Pulsford spoke of his esteem for Mr. Rosevear, as a man of high character and endowments, and stated that a vote of regret at Mr. Rosevear leaving Glasgow was passod at a recent mecting of the Ministerial Association.


“Thinking of the falling off in the and calls for immediate action;' for number of missionaries here by vacancies cannot be filled up at once death, sickness, and resignation, and by the mere sending of men from at the same time of the difficulty of England. A man must have two or getting men in England to come out three years in the country before he to India, makes me very sad. What can be of much practical use as a is the matter? Is our Mission to die missionary. Fifteen years ago, one out for want of labourers ? Half, or missionary was at Chittagong, another nearly half of our men, are over fifty at Cutwa; now there is not one at years of ago; more than half the either of these places. There were remainder are over forty years of age, two at Barisaul, two at Jessore, and and there is scarcely a young man in three at Dacca ; now only one brother tho Mission. In the ordinary course is at each place. I do hope that the of things, it is certain that others will brethren at home will soon be so pass off the field of labour in a few favoured of the Lord, that they will years. Who are to take the vacant be enabled to send out to India large places ? The state of things in our reinforcements to our weakened and Indian Mission is such as should fainting band." really awaken grave consideration,

The Committee therefore suggest that the attention of the congregations connected with the Mission, should be called to this subject in sermons delivered on Lord's Day, the 14th January, to be followed by a special meeting for prayer on the evening of the following day.

Copios of the Treasurer's Address can be had for gratuitous circulation, on application at the Mission House.

Notes from Jessore.

BY THE REV. R. J. ELLIS. On the first Sunday in June three she left the school she continued to young persons were added to our little fast every Friday, and was always church here by baptism. One of these, quiet and sanctimonious. Latterly, Ongo by name, was born and brought since the truth began to dawn upon up among Christians. At one time her that we are saved by grace through she attended the Roman Catholic faith, not of works, she has become school at Jessore, and the influence of happier, and we have reason to hope the teachers there, shows itself in her that she is now walking in the truth. conduct to this day. For years after

THE PENITENT RECEIVED. The other two we have received her to the Orphanage then under the were brought up among Mahommedans. care of Mrs. Hobbs. At first her lanSarah was rescued from a life of infamy guage was so filthy that she had to be by the magistrate of Jessore, who sent kept apart from the other children. Then her temper was such that, when- mind has gradually opened to the truth ever she was out of school, her voice as it is in Jesus, she has shown more was heard in angry altercation with than ordinary desire to know Him. some one or other of her fellow-scholars. Once, on being asked whether she Every one feared her. Many months believed on Him, she replied, with ago she seemed to become the subject much animation, “Yes, I believe on of a sudden change; and on its being Him with all my heart.' We look to proposed that any who wished to join Divine grace to obliterate from her the church should come to the mission- mind the memories and consequent ary for instruction, Sarah was one of desires of her earlier days. That alone the first to come. The change in her will suffice for the struggle she must has been very marked, and as her endure.

THE ORPHANS. Tárá came to Mrs. Hobbs under ing to hear her intelligent questions pressure of the deepest poverty.' Star in the enquirers' class, and to mark vation drove her to seek for herself the effect of the truth upon her mind. and a younger brother and sister an Let me claim for these, and other asylum in the Orphanage. The little young female converts in India, the sister's case was hopeless, and she soon sustaining prayers of friends to our died. The brother, Jeebon, is now a good work at home. The temptations member of our enquirers' class. Tara's to which these objects of loving interest chief fault was her temper, which areexposed can hardly beunderstood by still afflicts her, but which to a large those who live so securely in our British extent she has overcome. The work churches. To foster their interest in of the Divine Spirit has been very the truth, and to increase their spiritual marked in her case also. She is the intelligence, these three are still reonly native whom I have ever seen to tained as members of the enquirers' weep on account of sin. It is very pleas- class.

THE TOUR. Along with my wife and child I The latter place is since quite inlately made a tour eastwards and north- undated, and the native brethrenwards in the district. Owing to the who occupy one of the highest sites in extraordinary inundation this year, the town—report that they are surI had but few opportunities of preach- rounded by water, and that on the ing. There was no standing ground. highest roads it is knee-deep. Such Markets were held in the usual places, events, besides the other evils they but here and there people bought and bring with them, prevent the meeting sold in their boats, and the few who of our numerous schools, and materially came on foot waded to the knees or interfere with other evangelistic waist in water. At Magoorah and labours. Jhonidah alone was there dry ground.

THE INUNDATIONS. The town of Jessore itseif is suffer- the river has not been so high for a ing from the inundation. Probably century past. I am not aware that

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