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is a little too bad. And I say to you, my dear sir, I am delighted to receive post card, letter, or newspaper (with special portions MARKED), or telegram containing a solitary grain of fact, and I will deal fairly by that grain, and reproduce
well as you.
it. But this Magazine exists for 25,000 readers, and I must remember them as
They shall know all about you that is worth knowing; but I warn you that “boil down” I will. The fire is burning and the pot is on. Send along.
appeal than he did in his description of the tabernacle and its services. The style is so clear and simple, the illustrations are so apt and abundant, the tone is so sympathetic and stimulating, and the teaching so replete with good sense and scripture, that the book must be a large and increasing essing.
THE EXPOSITOR. Vol. VIII. Edited by
the Rov. S. Cox. Hodder & Stoughton. No volume of this serial shows more ability, or contains more valuable material, or is richer in mental and spiritual stimulus than the one just closed. The Editor's Commentary on Job maintains its freshness, naturalness, and force. Professor Fairbairn's Studies on the Life of Christ are a mine of most precious ore. The Dean of Canterbury's papers on Jeremiah are suggestive, and helpful in a high degree. The practical spirit and tone of the work in the Expositor, the broad and true methods of exegesis adopted, and the patient and thorough fidelity to the Divine Word displayed, not only merit the warmest commendation, but will exert an influence on the Biblical teaching of this age of the most beneficent sort. We cannot always accept the conclusions enforced, but we warmly appreciate the spirit and methods which pervade the whole volume. If any of our ministers do not read the Expositor, let them get it at once.
SPEECHES BY O. H. SPURGEON. Pass.
more & Alabaster. HERE are eighteen of the raciest, freshest, and forcefullest speeches we have seen. Mr. Spurgeon is at his best on the platform; even his preaching owing not a little of its power to its introduction of elements of address usually regarded by “Mrs. Grundy” as disallowed in the pulpit, but permissible in the wider arena. All the topics are of vital interest to Christians, and are handled in that practical and living way which has made a 6 speech” by Mr. Spurgeon as heartily welcome as it is sure to be really useful.
THE NATIONAL TEMPERANCE HYMNAL.
Edited by the Rev. John Compston.
Tweedie & Co. HERE are 490 hymns, well selected, well arranged, intelligibly and wisely marked for singing purposes, and published in such a variety of forms, and at such cheap rates, as meet all the necessities of our Temperance work. Mr. Compston has been a careful student of hymns for many years, and the results of his toil appear in one of the best books for our total abstinence meetings with which we are acquainted. A Tune-book, equal in merit and specially adapted to the Hymnal, is also published.
QUEEN POMARE AND HER COUNTRY. By
Rev. G. Pritchard. Stock. DR. ALLON says that Mr. Prichard has told the story of Pomare as no one else could have told it. A missionary, a British consul, and a personal friend of the Queen, he had overy facility for acquiring the knowledge necessary for his work; and, in the main that knowledge is simply and naturally given. It might have had a much more fascinating setting: and the real interest native to the history would have been increased thereby.
THE JOYFUL SOUND; being Notes on
ANECDOTES OF CELEBRITIES. Compiled
53rd chapter of Isaiah. By William Brown. Edinburgh: W. Oliphant &
Co. Hamilton. This is a joyful treatment of this joyful chapter. Mr. Brown has shown no less skill in his exposition of this evangelical
by C. H. Barnwell. Stock. Price 1s. To men of wide reading and frequent converse with the stores of biography this collection of anecdotes will want freshness: but each generation has to gather its “stories” for itself, and Mr. Barnwell's work will be a most welcome auxiliary to any one engaged in this pursuit. The stories are classified, cover a wide range of subjects, and are generally well told.
Information should be sent by the 16th of the month to 51, Porchester Road, Westbourne Park,
A NEW CHURCH Has just been started at MOSSLEY. This place is about two and a half miles from Stalybridge, and nine and a half from Manchester, and has a population of 16,000 inhabitants, and is without a Baptist church of any kind. Some friends have been meeting in the Co-operative Hall there for some time, have started a Sunday school, and are resolved to do all they can to establish a strong church of our faith and order, and have invited the Rev. Samuel Skingle to accept the pastorate thereof. There are thirteen persons ready to unite together in church fellowship. Several candidates are waiting for baptism, and the prospects are bright. Mr. Skingle will commence his ministry at Mossley the first Sunday in March. Mr. Spurgeon has generously promised £50 to aid in launching this enterprise ; R. Johnson, Esq., has offered £5; and another friend £10. I have undertaken to be responsible for a little more, and I sincerely trust that some of our friends, on reading this statement will forward help at once.
DERBY AND DERBYSHIRE PREACHERS ASSOCIATION was held at Duffield, Dec. 26. The attendance good. The Secretary reported the number of preachers as twenty-four, including one addition during the past half year. The reports from the churches were satisfactory, numerically and financially. The public meeting in the evening was presided over by T. H. Harrison, Esq., and addresses were delivered by Messrs. Slack, Webster, and Dean.
FLEET.—Christmas tree, stall, and entertainment, Dec. 27. Proceeds, £23 48.9d., making, with £25 2s. 6d. collected at anniversary meeting in Oct., a total of £48 7s. 3d. raised towards chapel debt in three months.
GREAT GRIMSBY, Freeman Street.-On New Year's Day a free tea was provided, when 163 of the unemployed partook of a substantial meat tea, and sweets of all kinds, given by the friends of the church and congregation, and it was manifestly evident that the recipients thoroughly enjoyed the repast. After the tea a public meeting was held in the chapel, presided over by the pastor, the Rev. J. Manning, and addresses were delivered by the Chairman, Messrs. T. Brown, T. Shipman, and R. Collins.—[N.B. The meeting described in the last Mag. as a “recognition" should have appeared as a welcome tea meeting.]
HALIFAX, North Parade.-Treat to the Aged.—Mr. Jonas Drake again entertained all the members who were over sixty years of age to tea on Jan. 16. A very happy evening was spent. The party included the deacons and their wives.
HEPTONSTALL SLACK.-400 sat down to tea on New Year's Day. On account of the rebuilding of the chapel the public meeting was held in the school-room. The pastor presided, and addresses were given by Messrs. H. Halstead, A. Robertshaw, W. Gill, D. Dearden, and others.
NOTTINGHAM, Hyson Green.--Jubilee tea was held on Dec. 26. The Secretary read a paper on the history of the cause from its commencement, and addresses were delivered by the Rev. F. A. Holtzhausen, Messrs. Richardson, Sharman, Roberts, and Forth. Mr. Councillor Lindley presided over a successful meeting.The annual meeting of the church was held Jan. 8, and was brimful of harmony, contributions larger than ever, and
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR'S
MEETINGS. BARROW-ON-SOAR.—Christmas-day tea meeting, Christmas tree, and sale of articles, realized £16 towards the new chapel building fund.
BIRCHCLIFFE. — We had our usual gathering on Christmas-day. Between 300 and 400 present. On the following morning, in the face of snow and frost, and depression of trade, our bazaar, to clear off the debt of £140 on the school, was opened, at eleven o'clock, by Mr. Councillor Worsick, of Halifax. We were crowded the whole of the day. The first day's receipts were £157. On Saturday evening, when the bazaar closed, the total amount to hand was upwards of £263.
CHATTERIS.-A well attended early morning prayer meeting was followed at night by a tea and business meeting. The trays for the tea were given, and the school-room was well filled. In the course of the evening a debt of £42, which had accumulated during the past two years, was entirely cleared off, nearly all present contributing something, the sums given varying from £10 to sixpence. The pastor, Rev. F. J. Bird, presided.
the Treasurer had over £3 in hand. Last October we forwarded our first annual contribution to the College; we purpose doing the same for the HOME MISsion in April.—[Bravissimo! say the Secretaries of the Home Mission. Let it be a bumper.]
RETFORD.-Our Christmas bazaar was opened by the Mayor, who, in his opening speech, gave some reminiscences of Retford Baptists, spoke of the Rev. Silas Stenson as amongst one of their most devoted ministers, and the Rev. W. Fogg as the most energetic. Aldermen Jenkinson and Platt, and Councillors Ostick and Spence, also spoke. £42 were realised.
a purse containing £46, as a token of kind regard for his long and consistent labours, extending over a period of nearly thirty-eight years. Mr. Hardy returned thanks. Mr. Hardy's address will be, care of Rov. J. H. Hardy, Batley, Yorks.
SPRINGTHORPE, Rev. C., of Longton, has accepted a perfectly unanimous invitation to the pastorate of the church at Wirksworth, Derbyshire, and will commence his ministry, Feb. 2.
YATES, Rev. T., who entered our College in 1830, and commenced his minisin the year 1833, and for the last fifteen years has held the pastorate of Kegworth and Diseworth, has resigned his charge and retired from the ministry. Specially interesting meetings were held at both Keg worth and Diseworth. At Kegworth Mr. Weston presided. Addresses were given by Messrs. Smith, Moody, and Wardle, and a purse of £85 was presented to the retiring minister. The Rev. Joseph Clark, the rector of Kegworth, and many “church people,” cheerfully united in this gift. The meeting at Diseworth was also one of deep interest. Addresses were given by the Rovs. T. Yates and J. Parker, and Messrs. Stevenson and Handford, and a presentation was also made. Mr. Yates carries into his retirement the good wishes and prayers of very many friends.
CHAPELS. RIPLEY · Reopening Services. Our friends have concluded their series of reopenings, and realized grand results. They have spent about £1,000. Their chapel is a model of neatness, elegance, and beauty, and their whole plant, when the new school-room is erected, will be worthy the inspection of many of our officials for situation, utility, and cheap
They have had a splendid success in their bazaar and other methods of realizing funds, and they take this opportunity of acknowledging the kindness and liberality of those friends who have so generously helped them. receipts have been over £400, and goods to the amount of about £100 remain as the nucleus of another bazaar. We think this effort of our Ripley friends will encourage some others whose sanctuaries equally need restoration, to go and do likewise. We understand the whole of the work has been done from the designs of our esteemed friend, Mr. R. Argile, jun., of Ripley, and we shall be surprised if other of our churches in the locality, seeing the elegance of the Ripley chapel, do not secure his services in the same direction.
BARROW-ON-SOAR.-Three, by E. Stevenson.
LOUGHBOROUGH, Woodgate. - Two by T. Goadby, B.A.
NEWTHORPE.-Two, by J. Watkinson.
MINISTERIAL. Fitch, Rev.J.J., of Lymington, Hants, has accepted the call of the church at Broad Street, Nottingham, and begins his work March 2.
HARDY, Rev. R., closed his pastorate, at Queensbury, Dec. 29, 1878. On the Monday following a public meeting was held. Mr. M. Stocks presided. Addresses were given by the Chairman, the Revs. W. Dyson, B. Wood, J. H. Hardy, and Mr. J. Firth, Secretary of the church, who also presented to Mr. Hardy, on behalf of the church and congregation,
MARRIAGES. LIMB-CLIFTON. Dec. 24, at the G. B. Chapel, Ilkeston, by the Rev. T. Watkinson, Mr. W. Limb, to Miss Eliza Elizabeth Clifton, both of Newthorpe.
OLDHAM-Mason.-Jan. 1, at the G. B. Chapel, Barrow-on-Soar, Mr. John Oldham, of Loughborough, to Miss Mason, of Barrow.
Oswin--STEVENSON.-Dec. 25, at the G. B. Chapel, Barrow-on-Soar, Mr. J. H. Oswin, to Miss E. E. Stevenson, of Barrow.
WOODCOCK-CORBY.-Dec. 27, at the G. B. Chapel, Barrow-on-Soar, Mr. G. Woodcock, to Miss A. Corby, both of Barrow,
The next Meeting of the Foreign Mission Committee will be held, D.V., at St. Mary's Gate Chapel, Derby, on Tuesday, February 18th, at eleven o'clock.
Ministers of subscribing churches are eligible to attend.
Missionary Conference at Cuttack.
BY REV. J. BUCKLEY, D.D.
Cuttack, December 4th, 1878. A GENERATION has passed since I described, for the information of the then readers of this Magazine, the second Orissa Conference I attended; and though many who read the details of what was done in 1845 have passed to their everlasting rest, I am thankful to believe that the Mission has still some old and long tried friends, who are as warmly interested as ever in its prosperity, as well as a greatly increased number of young friends whose ardent zeal, sustained by the constraining power of the love of Christ and the hope of the final recompence, will wax stronger and stronger. And in reference to departed friends we cannot doubt that, though not privileged now to engage in the work as they once delighted to do, they are far more deeply interested in heaven in all that relates to the advancement of the Redeemer's kingdom than they could be while upon earth; and if prayer be permitted in heaven we cannot conceive of any more suitable petition that these blessed ones, bowing before the throne of the Eternal can offer, than that with which the sweet singer of Israel, in an exquisite burst of holy song, took leave of his harp, “Let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen.”.
The CONFERENCE SERMONS were preached on Lord's-day, November 17th, and were listened to with attention and profit by many. Babu Haran Das preached in the morning on the blessed recompence of those who turn many to righteousness from Daniel xii. 3. Mr. Pike discoursed in the afternoon from Matt. v. 14, 16, “Ye are the light of the world. Let you light so shine,” &c. These discourses were in Oriya. Mr. Bailey preached in English in the evening from 1 Cor. iii. 11–13, on the foundation, the builders, and the design of their work. Much holy and useful instruction was communicated at the various services, and we felt that it was “one of the days of the Son of Man.”
The ANNUAL NATIVE MISSIONARY MEETING was held on Thursday evening. The writer of this presided. Prayer was offered by Khombo and George Das,
and addresses, all of which were practical and appropriate, were delivered by Pooroosootum, Ananta Das, and Thoma. The address by the last named brother was really eloquent and impressive. The attendance was very large, and all felt that the meeting was a very interesting one. Some indeed thought that it was the best service of the kind we have ever had.
The TEMPERANCE MEETING was held on Friday evening. The attendance was not so large as at the Missionary service, though larger than at the meeting last year. Mr. Miller presided. Prayer was offered in Oriya, and an address in that language was delivered by Babu Joseph Das. Mr. Heberlet and Mr. Vaughan spoke in English, and urged the claims of Total Abstinence on their hearers. The tone of the meeting was good, and the impression it was likely to leave on the mind was, that drunkness was a fearful evil, and that it was imperative on Christians to do all that was possible to arrest its destructive
On the other evenings public services were held in the College, and at Sutahat, Cuttack Chundee, and Peyton Sae. The last public service was, as usual, the commemoration of the Lord's death; and thus in prospect of being separated from each other we girded up our loins for further service in our blessed Master's kingdom. Mr. Wood delivered the English address from “ Ye are Christ's," and the writer spoke in Oriya from Matt. xxvi. 26—29.
At our meetings for business Mr. Pike was chosen to preside, and Mr. Bailey to assist the Secretary in recording the minutes. We had OPEN CONFERENCE ON two days, Wednesday and Friday, when the native preachers, students, and delegates of churches, united in our deliberations. The subjects that engaged our serious and anxious consideration were varied, some of them pleasing, others painful, but all were important. Our friends at home know that Mr. and Mrs. Miller are on the eve of their departure for the fatherland. We expressed our deep regret in prospect of parting with our esteemed friends; but recorded our conviction that the serious failure of his health rendered his return to England imperative, and hoped that, in due season and with invigorated health, they might return to their home and work. We also expressed our kind christian wishes for our young friends, Miss Miller and Miss F. Miller, who will be a good deal missed in the Sabbath school, as well as in other respects: not least in the service of song in the house of prayer. More than thirty-three years have passed since our brother consecrated his youthful energy to the Missionary cause, and he has not abated “one jot of heart or hope” in his devotednesss to it since. During these years he has only had two furloughs; and all who know the importance and value of his services are well aware how much, while absent, he will be missed. May grace and strength be given to those on whom increased responsibility must rest.
We had also the pleasure of welcoming MR. AND MRS. VAUGHAN who arrived during the Conference week; and had, a fortnight before, affectionately received MR. XEBERLET as a fellow-worker in the kingdom of God. We expressed our hearty acknowledgments to the Committee for sending Mr. and Mrs. V.-an earnest, as we hoped, of more to follow-nor did we forget to thank them for accepting Mr. H. on probation. May these dear friends be real helpers in the work of the Lord; and may their Missionary course be long, happy, and successful. Orissa has had, for many years, as I know, many friends in Birmingham, but this year it has, for the first time, sent forth labourers into the harvest. Our most important discussion had reference to THE
OCCUPANCY OF SUMBULPORE as a Missionary station. Seriously and earnestly we considered the Committee's recommendation that the work should be begun there as soon as possible; and though, I am persuaded, we were perfectly united in heart, we were hardly so much in accord as to the wisdom of beginning operations at once. The following extract from our Minutes will, however, show what was done:-“ Brother Pike having expressed his desire to commence alone at Sumbul, pore this year, if a house can be obtained, on the understanding that a second brother shall be sent as soon as possible, Resolved,—That while we cannot, as a Conference, recommend this step. still less do we wish to present any obstacle, Should brother Pike see his way clear to begin this year
we wish him God speed.” Such was the deliverance of the Conference. I can give you my opinion in a few words; and take it for what it is worth. Sumbuipore is