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dulgence; and you may then be allowed to do it both reasonably and safely.


world. I mourn to say I have seen the want of this bright honour ;-and my belief is, that it cannot be too strictly maintained, or too early begun; I like to see it in small things, and in great; for it marks the upright

I may say that I abhor any thing like being under-handed or double-dealing; but let us go on the right and noble principle, of doing unto others as we would have others do to us; therefore in all transactions, small or great, maintain strictly the correct, upright, and most honourable practice. - Memoir of Elizabeth Fry.

HASTE IS NOT WISDOM.—Hasty conclusions are the mark of a fool: a wise man doubteth—a fool rageth and is confident; the novice saith, “ I am sure it is so ; ” the learned answers, “Peradventure it may be so, but I prithee inquire.” It is a little learning, and but a little, which makes men conclude hastily. Experience and humility teach modesty and fear.


BABY IS KING. A ROSE-CURTAINED cradle, where, nestled

within Soft cambric and flannel, lie pounds seven

teen, Is the throne of a tyrant—that pink little

thing Is an autocrat august, for Baby is King. Good, solemn grandfather dares hardly to

speak Or walk, lest the sleeper should hear his

boots creak, Grandma is a martyr, in habits and cap, Which the monarch unsettles, as well as her

nap. Papa, wise and mighty, just home from the

House, Grows meek on the threshold, and moves like

BUSINESS A MEANS OF GRACE. INSTEAD of business becoming a feeder to covetousness under the promptings of nature, it must become a stimulus to benevolence under the promptings of grace. Dr. Hawes, in his biography of Normand Smith, a merchant in his congregation, says he never grew in grace more rapidly, or shone brighter as a Christian, than during the last six or seven years of his life, when he had the greatest amount of business on his hands. From the time when he devoted all to God, and resolved to pursue his business as a part of his religion, he found no tendency in his worldly engagements to chill ħis piety or enchain his affections to earth. His business became to him a means of grace, and helped him forward in the divine life, just as truly as the reading the Scriptures and prayer.American Paper. " EAT YOUR BROWN BREAD FIRST." It is a plain but faithful saying, “Eat your brown bread first;" nor is there a better rule for a young man's outset in the world. While you continue single, you may live within as narrow limits as you please; and it is then you must begin to save, in order to be provided for the more enlarged expenses


your future family. Besides, a plain, frugal life is then supported most cheerfully; it is your own choice, and it is to be justified on the best and most honest principles in the world, and you have nobody's pride to struggle with, or appetites to master, but your own.

As you advance in life and success, it will be expected you should give yourself greater in

a mouse

To stare at the bundle; then outward he

goes, Like an elephant trying to walk on his toes. The queen of the ball-room throws loyally

down Before him the roses she wore in her crown, And sings little love-songs of how she loves

best The fair baby blossom she rocks on her

breast. Good aunties and cousins before him bow

low, Though he ramples their ringlets, twists

collar and bow; He bids the nurse walk with his majesty's

self, And cries when she ops, like a merciless

elf. He flings right and left his saucy fat fist, And then the next moment expects to be

kissed. He demands people's watches to batter about, And meets a refusal with struggle and shout.

Then, failing to conquer, with passionate cry, He quivers his lips, keeps a tear in his eye; And so wins the battle, this wise little thing, He knows the world over that Baby is King.


Phenomena of the Months.

The spectacle of the moon passing Mars and Regulus on the 18th from 9.45 to 10.45 in the evening will be exceedingly interesting. Regulus will be occulted for a few minutes after ten o'clock.

Mercury rises in daylight, and is an evening star, On the 26th it sets two hours and nine minutes after the sun—the greatest interval between their times of setting that occurs during the present year. Mercury may be favourably observed on fine evenings between the 19th and 31st.

Venus becomes an evening star after the 11th, and sets thirty-three minutes after the sun on the 31st.

Mars continues to set after midnight, and is near to Regulus all the month.

Jupiter is a morning star, and sets in daylight.

Saturn rises a few minutes after ten o'clock in the evening of the 1st, and as the sun sets on the 31st.

Passing Events.

MAY. The increase of temperature during this month is, on the average of fifty years, greater than that of any of the spring and summer months. March and April have each an increase of five degrees ; May, seven degrees; June, only four ; July, only a variation of two. There is thus a certain average increase of heat during the year, up to the middle of July. In May the average rises from 50 degrees on the 1st, to 56 and 57 degrees on the last two days; there being nine days at 51 degrees; seven days at 52 degrees; two at 52 ; three at 54; four at 55 ; four at 56 ; and one at 57 degrees. There was less rain in May last year by four-fifths of an inch than the average of the previous seven years.

Daylight increases during the month one hour and twenty-five minutes, that is, forty-three minutes in the morning, and forty-two minutes in the evening. The sun rises on the 1st at thirty-five minutes after four, and sets at nineteen minutes after seven ; on the 15th it rises at twelve minutes after four, and sets at nineteen minutes before eight; and on the 31st it rises at eight minutes before four, and sets at one minute past eight.

The moon is new on the 11th at seven minutes after four in the afternoon, and full on the 25th at twentythree minutes after three in the after

On the first Sunday it does not rise until after midnight; on the second Sunday it sets at five in the afternoon; on the third Sunday it sets a little after midnight; on the fourth Sunday it rises at ten minutes after five in the afternoon, and sets ata quarter past three in the morning; and on the fifth Sunday it does not rise until midnight.

The moon is near to Jupiter on the 10th ; to Venus on the 11th ; to Mercury on the 12th; to Uranus on the 15th ; to Regulus and Mars on the 18th ; and to Saturn on the 26th.

The great event of the month, politically, and perhaps religiously, has taken place. This country, by its representatives, has declared, by a majority of 120, that the Irish Church shall be disendowed and disestablished. There is the fact. What obstructions the bill may meet with in committee remains to be seen. What may be its fate in the House of Lords cannot be predicted with any certainty. The Christian, however, can afford to wait, with the assurance that “ The Lord reigneth."

Though much less in importance, yet the Chancellor's budget shows a breadth of view which we cannot but regard with pleasure. Any thing done which may teach the working man to exercise prudent forethought would remove half the misery which now he suffers. Heretofore, if a man wished to insure his furniture and effects against the risk of fire, he was met with a government duty heavier than the expense of the risk. Mr. Lowe proposes the remission of this duty altogether, and we thank him for it. We hope that our fellow working men will insure their property without any unnecessary delay.


When we look over our globe, with its moving mass of human beings, we are reminded of the lines of Crabbe :

“ Here with an infant joyful sponsors come, Then bear the new-made Christian to his

home. A few short years, and we behold him

stand, To ask a blessing, with his bride in hand. A few still seeming shorter, and we hear

His widow weeping at her husband's bier.” Such is life. The great thing is to fill up life's short day well, so that the Master of the vineyard may give every one of us his penny.

We would still keep before the minds of our brethren the annual

meeting. We are in a position now to state that many chapels have been placed at the disposal of the Committee on June 6th, for sermons for the Association. If our country brethren come up in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of peace, there will be congregations in various parts of London to welcome and listen to them.

But we know not what a day may bring forth. There are registered on our pages for January and February the deaths of fourteen of our members or our members' wives.

It is possible that some of us, who are calculating on meeting our friends below, may be called in the interim to join our friends above.

Mutual-Did Association Reporter.


upon from Rotherham, Coventry, The monthly meeting was held at Grantham, and Bristol. Brother D. Plant's, 5, Upper Portland Brother W. L., of C., applied for Place, Wandsworth Road, on Mon- help. He is 69 years old, has been a day, April 12th.

preacher for fifty years. Has strugPresent : Brothers Plant (chair), gled to earn his bread as a travelling Durley, Wade 1st, Coman, Harding, tinker and hawker, but has only maChamberlain, Carter, Creswell, Sims, naged to earn about 4s. or 5s. a week, Parker, Jameson, and Salisbury. on the average. He is now assailed

Prayer was offered by the Hono- with rheumatism, has lost his wife, rary Secretary.

has one son living in Manchester, The minutes were read and con- who will find a home for him, but is firmed.

not able to support him entirely. It The monthly abstract showed 5 was resolved that he have three shilmembers dead and 1 wife, 63 sick lings per week. members, and 94 annuitants.

There was a conversation on magaThe total receipts through local zine affairs; and the Secretary was committees were £1,736 ls. 6d., and instructed to make an estimate of the the total payments £1,503 5s. 6d. cost of printing all Association mat

The Honorary Secretary reported ters in the magazine, and lay the that W. M'Arthur, Esq., M.P., had same before the annual meeting. consented to take the chair at the

Several Union matters were settled; annual public meeting, King's Cross

and after prayer by Brother Durley, Chapel, June 7th.

the brethren separated. Brothers Durley, Sims, Salisbury,

The next meeting will be at Brother and others reported progress in the Creswell's, Prospect House, Mitcham, arrangements for sermons and accom

on Wednesday, 12th May, at three modation required. After some con- o'clock. sideration, all final determinations were left to next meeting, the brethren

DIED. to assemble at 3 p.m. precisely for that purpose.

March 15, 1869. Daniel Sumner, of The Treasurer reported that he

Walsall, aged 61. Claim £6. He has had been informed of a legacy of £100,

left a delightful testimony of the life

and death of a Christian. left by the late John Whalley, Esq., March 24, 1869. Charles Smith, of of Stockton-on-Tees.

Derby, aged 51. Claim £6. His end Letters were read and determined

was peace.

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CHAPTER VI.-THE HOLY SPIRIT. It has been said that each of the glorious persons in the Trinity has His own peculiar work to perform in nature and grace. And why may this not be the case ? If we look back to the day of creation, we read,

16 And the earth was without form and void ; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." (Gen. i. 2.) It does appear that the Holy Spirit is the great Agent to produce order from chaos. “ The earth was without form.” The Spirit brought order out of this confusion. The earth was “void.” The Spirit not only produced order but beauty. The earth, when man was placed on it, was fitted up for his reception by the ever blessed Spirit, with all things necessary for his use, and pleasant to his sight.

Let us listen to that memorable discourse which the Lord Jesus delivered to his disciples ; rendered more memorable by the fact that it was his last, before he was separated from them. In that discourse He comforts them with the assurance that they shall not be left orphans. His place is to be filled by another. One with equal power and equal will is to be in future both their Companion and Comforter. “I will


the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever ; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” (John xiv. 16, 17.) In this account of His successor, our Lord designates Him, “ The Comforter, the Spirit of Truth ;” and points out further His spiritual nature, as though He had said, The Spirit who is to succeed me will not be clothed with a body, such as I have. His essence, as His name implies, is purely spiritual; and hence, He will not only be with you, but will be in you.

No one questions the divinity of the Father. The eternal relation in which the Son stands to the Father entitles Him “ to think it not robbery to be equal with God.” And as the Spirit proceedeth from both the Father and the Son, He too is divine. I cannot see the force of the argument which rests the divinity of the Spirit upon this procession, as it is termed. There are other reasons and proofs of His divinity in the scriptures which have, I think, tenfold the weight of this.

The personality of the Holy Spirit has been questioned ; He has been spoken of as an influence only. Turning once more to our Lord's introduction of Him to His disciples; the personal pronoun is used no less than eighteen times by Christ (John xiv. xv. xvi.), as though He intended to settle this truth beyond the possibility of successful contradiction. Hence, He is called the Comforter and the Spirit of Truth : “He," JUNE, 1869.



says Christ,“ shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance : He will guide you into all truth.”

The personality of the Spirit being settled by the teaching of our Lord, we have to adduce proofs of His divinity. “Jehovah is the incommunicable name of God, and it imports underived, independent, and immutable existence. The Spirit is called JEHOVAH: compare Exodus xvii. 7, with Heb. iii. 9; compare, again, Isaiah vi. 8-10 with Acts xxviii. 25; compare, once more, Jer. xxxi. 31-34 with Heb. x. 15-17.

The passages are too long to be quoted ; but in them what is spoken by Jehovah in the prophet is said by the apostle to have been spoken by the Holy Ghost.”—Dick's Theology, vol. ii. 146, 147.

The Holy Spirit is called God, and has the attributes of God ascribed to Him. In that awful judgment which fell upon the liars, recorded in Acts v., Peter says to Ananias, “Why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost ? Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.” Paul says, 1 Cor. iii16,“ Know ye not, that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” and again, 1 Cor. vi. 19, “ What! know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost ?As Solomon's temple, at its dedication, was filled with the divine presence, so may the believer be filled with the Holy Ghost, and thus filled with light and purity, becomes a temple of God.

The Holy Spirit has ascribed to Him the attributes which belong only to God; He is ETERNAL. The apostle Paul, Heb. ix. 14, says, much more shall the blood of Christ, who, through the eternal Spirit, offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works, to serve the living God !'OMNIPRESENCE is a natural attribute of God. “Whither shall I go from thy Spirit ? or whither shall I flee from thy presence ? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there : if I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm cxxxix. 7-10.) This sublime passage, which ever has been admired, is conclusive that the Spirit is everywhere, filling all space, and comprehending in His immensity every created object. He is also OMNISCIENT.

" The Spirit," says Paul,"searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." (1 Cor. ii. 10.) " The things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.” (1 Cor.

The Spirit is OMNIPOTENT is obvious, inasmuch as with the Father and the Son He is actively engaged in the work of creation, and, as I have already observed, it appears to have been His peculiar province to create order and beauty. This fact, as far as my reading has extended, has not been noticed by theological writers. Chaos is brought into order by His controlling power. What splendour meets the contemplative gaze on a starlight night, when we see the moon walking in her brightness ! “By His Spirit God hath garnished the heavens." (Job xxiii. 13.)

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