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“ The Gates Ajar," critically examined | Bright Rays for Dark Days, caught
by a Dear. Hatcharels, Piccadilly. from the Sun of Righteousness. Re“Gates AJAR" seems to be in a fair way
ligious Tract Society. of getting its due share of criticism. We We do not like the title; it verges on are glad to see a Dean so 'thoroughly the ridiculous. The matter is exceldemolish the baseless fabric which has lent, edifying, and consolatory. Some charnied so many vain imaginations of the names of God are enlarged upon The critic says of “ Gates Ajar," “ It is
as sources of encouragement and comsimply a second-rate sensational novel, fort. Excellent milk for babes and professedly of a religious character, but cordial for fainting ones. betraying so much positive error, and treating serious subjects in such a flip- Life and Travels of George Whitfield. pant, unhallowed strain, that no small By James P. GLEDSTONE. Longman, amount of Christian charity is required
Green, & Co. to avoid the conclusion, that an enemy | One of the fullest and best lives of this hath done this !'"
marvellous preacher that we have ever The Day of Bereavement, its Lessons We never tire of re-reading the
and its Consolations. By GEORGE W. main incidents, or the fullest details of his MYLNE, Nisbet & Co.
wonderful career. Ob, for a hundred The author attempts to give comfort such to-day! We want more of his class, under bereavement to those who have and long for the time when the church not found the consolations of grace, and shall again be blessed with another retherefore he is by his own plan debarred vival and the conversion of multitudes from using those strong and precious of souls. We question if the writer cordials which are the solace of the altogether understands the deep soul Lord's tried ones. The result is disap- anguish of a true-hearted preacher, or pointing, but the book may be useful. fully agrees with Whitfield's Scripture Ready for Work: or, Hints on the Pre- views as to the “wrath to come."-B.
paration of Bible Lessons. By Wm. Heart Whispers, in Poems and Prose.
H. Groser. Sunday School Union. By A. S. Ormsby. Yapp & Hawkins, A THOROUGHLY practical book.
Welbeck Street. precepts and examples are alike excel- A BEAUTIFUL and spiritual book. The lent. Superintendents should see that it goes the round of the Teachers' Book prose is excellent, but smells a little Society, and teachers who can afford it good that we wish it had been only, a
Plymouth-brothery: the poetry is so should purchase a copy for themselves. little better, and then much of it would Some of the specimen lessons are of a have risen to the first degree. The high order, though they are not all of
author is often very careless as to the equal merit.
length of his lines and the accuracy of Men worth Imitating ; or, Brief Sketches his rhymes. If it were not for these
of Noble Lives. By W. H. GROSER. faults his versification would be far Sunday School Union.
above mediocrity. DODDRIDGE, Bellot, Caxton, Dollond, Family Prayers for Four Weeks. Mogridge, BewickLinnæus, Paley,
Edited by John Hall, D.D., New Locke, George Wilson, Samuel Drew, Adam Clarke-rather an odd assortment
York. Edinburgh: Johnstone and
Hunter. for a series ; but Mr. Groser gets something attractive and edifying for the We do not believe in printed prayers, youngsters out of them all, and the but if people will have them, our friend, whole together make capital reading. Dr. Hall, can write as well as anybody The Sunday School Union is rich in what nobody ought to write at all. Our possessing such a helper as Mr. Groser, Lord has given us a noble copy to imiwho writes better each time he uses his tate, and has promised us his Spirit to pen. The present book is prettily help us ; let us, then, try to speak with bound, plentifully illustrated, and in God in such words as our heart feels every way to be commended.
and his Spirit suggests.
My Summer in a Garden. By C. D. | Priestcraft in some of its manifestations,
WARNER. With an introduction by past and present, dragged before the Henry Ward Beecher. Sampson mirror of the New Testament. An Low.
outline for Lecturers. By STEPHEN
SECUNDUS, Price 4d. William FreeOne of the wittiest books of the year:
man, 102, Fleet Street. full of Aashing merry fancies. It will amuse the leisure hours of thousands on STEPHEN SECUNDUS will not in all probaboth sides of the Atlantic. Here is an
bility die by stoning, he is more likely to extract upon hens and children in re
smash others with the stones he hurls. lation to gardens.
In righteous indignation he pours con
tempt upon sacerdotalism wherever he “I like neighbours, and I like chickens; finds it, whether its president resides at but I do not think they ought to be united Rome or Canterbury. We do not agree near a garden. Neighbours' hens in your with quite all he has to say, but as a garden are an annoyance. Even if they d d whole it has our heartiest commendanot scratch up the corn, and peck the strawberries, and eat the tomatoes, it is not pleasant tion; as an outspoken, vigorous, commonto see them straddling about in their jerky, sense utterance of necessary truth. The high-stepping, speculative manner, picking Popery of the Anglican church bas inquisitively here and there. It is of no use increased, is increasing, and ought to be to tell the neighbour that his hens eat your abated. tomatoes. It makes no impression on him, for the tomatoes are not his. The best way The Gospel Church delineated from the is to casually remark to him that he has a fine lot of chickens, pretty well grown, and
New Testament. By HENRY WEBB. that you like spring chickens broiled. He Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. will take them away at once. bours' small children are also out of place in We differ so greatly from the author on your garden in strawberry and currant time. many points that it would be idle to atI hope I appreciate the value of children. tempt a review of his work. He has We should soon come to nothing without evidently expended much labour and them, though the Shakers have the best research upon it, and, therefore, those gardens in the world. Without them the who desire to know all theories of common school would languish. But the problem is, what to do with them in a garden. church organisation will read this work For they are not good to eat, and there is a with interest. law against making away with them. The law is not very well enforced, it is true; for The Angel's Song : a Sermon preached people do thin them out with constant dosing, in the Baptist Chapel, Grand Cay, paregoric, and soothing syrups, and scanty Turk's Island, before the Turk's Island clothing. But I for one feel that it would Lodge of Freemasons. By their not be right, aside from the law, to take the
Brother the elected Chaplain.' W. H. life even of the smallest child, for the sake of a little fruit, more or less, in the garden. I
Collingridge. may be wrong, but these are my sentiments, We had no idea that our brother Pegg and I am not ashamed of them. When we had entered the mysterious brotherhood come, as Bryant says in his • Iliad,' to leave the circus of this life, and join that innumer- and become chaplain to a lodge. In able caravan which' moves, it will be some any case we hold him in the highest love satisfaction to us that we have never, in the and respect. As for the sermon- -well, way of gardening, disposed of even the hum; it has gospel in it, and freemasonry also, blest child unnecessarily. My plan would and is a remarkable discourse in its way, be to put them into Sunday-schools more thoroughly, and to give the Sunday-schools but that way is out of the usual way of an agricultural turn, teaching the children gospel ministry. the sacredness of neighbours' vegetables. I think that our Sunday-schools do not suffi- | Man's Future in God's Word.
By W. ciently impress upon children the danger, COLLINGWOOD. Yapp_and Hawkins, from snakes and otherwise, of going into the 70, Welbeck Street. Price 6d. neighbours' gardens."
This pamphlet is calculated to be of The Fool's Gospel. Elliot Stock.
much service. It is a brief but able
defence of the doctrine of everlasting A VERY correct title, but we shall not punishment. We are glad that so many exchange the doctrine of Substitution and such excellent treatises on this subfor this or any other " fool's gospel." ject are forthcoming.
The Christian Psalmist: a collection of | Henry's Outlines of Scripture History.
Tunes, Chorales, &c. Sunday School Henry's Outlines of Science. By Union.
JOSEPH FERNANDEZ, LL.D. Charles We hear this successor to the Old Union Bean, 81, New North Road, Hoxton. Tune-Book very highly spoken of, but All the educational books of this author do not feel able to form a judgment till are valuable, and our readers who want we have tried the novelities of the book such works will do well to secure these in the congregation : of course much is useful Outlines. They are full, clear, old and beyond criticism. We are very and interesting. Already have they heretical in our views as to congrega- gained a large circulation, and they will tional singing. We confess without be yet more used as they become more shame that we remember with regret fully known.-B. the old-fashioned repeats which stirred our soul and gave us time to relish the The Soul and its Difficulties ; a Word words. How our musical friends will
to the Ancious. By H. W. SOLTAU. hold up their bands at such old-fashioned Yapp & Hawkins and shocking taste. The modern rattlers, A LITTLE book which has no doubt which run through the tune in one rush been extensively useful to awakened of infantile sing-song, are all the fashion, souls. We should not handle every and we are sorry they are. Old Cran- difficulty quite in Mr. Soltau's way, but brook excites more real praise in the for all this his work is one calculated to Tabernacle than half the churchified be of immense service in loosing the monotonies.
THE Editor has now quite recovered, but worship within those walls. It was dark, is still weak and not able to work up to his and none saw or heard the two brethren usual point. Friends will please accept this save the angels and their Lord, but who intimation and refrain from asking us to could desire a better consecration for any preach. As we must refuse, it will spare house of prayer than the secret pleadings both them and us the time occupied in of a godly man ? His beloved wife is richly writing needless letters, if they will note sustained ; the Lord be very gracious to her ; this.
and his chlldren are following in the good In the Orphanage we are greatly favoured old way which their father loved. Farewell, by God in the matter of health. Only one brother beloved, the Lord fill up the gap child has had the small pox, and from other thy departure has made. epidemics we have been free.
Mr. Blewett, of Westbury Leigh, would Our highly esteemed deacon, Mr. Thomas be glad to remove to another sphere. He Cook, has fallen asleep. He was one who is a worthy brother, and we recommend feared God above many; a spiritually vacant churches to write to him. minded, solid, and stable Christian. A We have received most pleasing tidings severe illness which occurred to him some from our late student, Mr. W. McKinney, time ago exercised upon him a manifestly who has accepted a pastorate in the United ripening influence, and he rose from his States, with most encouraging prospects. bed weak in body but strong in grace. He A goodly company of young men have enjoyed constant peace; doubts were slain been received into the College this term, by full assurance, a deep calm remained and more have the promise of admission in within. Years ago in our younger days, October, if the Lord will. We ask earnest this dear brother was made pre-eminently prayer that all these men may become faithuseful in the great enterprize of building ful and useful ministers of the cross of the Tabernacle, and by his means great Christ. help was brought to us. His heart was Our friend, Mr. Hillier, of South Shields, wholly in the work, and that heart was a we beg his pardon, Dr. Hillier, for be is a warm and gracious one. We know well | Doctor of Music and deserves the title, for the spot where this devout Deacon knelt he is a sort of condensed band of music, with his Pastor, all alone, amid the 'ma- opened his new Tabernacle on July 23rd., terials of the unfinished Tabernacle to im- with sermons, and on the following Monday plore a blessing upon those who should with a public meeting. A noble array of speakers, an earnest company, and an effec. | that place. _At the afternoon service Mr. tive choir made the public meeting a lively Lloyd, of Thaxted, presided. Mr. S. Kor. one. We trust our friend will receive ton, of Linton, read the Scriptures and abundant aid from all in the north who prayed. Mr. Cowell, one of the deacons, love earnest gospel preaching.
gave a statement on behalf of the church, Services have recently been held in con- which was followed by a staten ent from the nection with the public recognition of Mr. pastor. Mr. Rook, of Thaxted, offered P.J. Ward, from the Pastors' College, as prayer. Mr. Rogers, of the Tabernacle pastor of the Baptist Church in Mermaid College, gave an address to the pastor, Street, Rye, Sussex. Two sermons were and Mr. T. D. Marshall to the church. preached on Sunday, July 23rd, by Mr. After tra in a large barn decorated for Rogers. In the afternoon of the next day, the occasion and numerously attended, Mr. Wright, of Brabourne, read the Scrip- the services were resumed in the chapel ; tures and prayed. Mr. F. Mitchell, a dea- Mr. Rogers presided. Addresses were con of the church, related the circumstances delivered by Mr. Lloyd and Mr. Rook, that led to the invitation of Mr. Ward to of Thaxted; Mr. Collins, of Finehingfield ; the pastorate. Mr. Ward then gave a Mr. Korton, of Linton ; Mr. T. T. Dunn, statement upon the usual topics. Mr. of London ; Mr. F. Norman, of Castle Clarke, of Ashford, offered prayer. An Camps ; and Mr. Layzell. The services, it address was then given by Mr. Rogers to may be hoped, will long be remembered for the pastor. After tea, Mr. Rogers presided good. and gave an address to the church. Con- A Bazaar will be held in the new Laptist gratulatory addresses were then given by Chapel (now in course of erection), opposite Mr. Samson and Mr. Jenkyn, Indepen- Loughborough Park Station, Brixton, on dent ministers of the town; Mr. Wood, September 5th, 6th, and 7th, in aid of the of Sandhurst; Mr. Clarke, of Ashford; Building Fund. Contributions in money, Mr. Wright, and Mr. Baker. The church or articles for sale, will be thankfully reand congregation have been much revived ceived by the Pastor, George Kew, 19, since Mr. Ward's brief labours among them. Clifton Terrace, Herne Hill, S.E. [We Much good has been done, especially among were requested to insert the above and do the young;
so very gladly. Mr. Kew is of our College, On Wednesday, July 26th, services were is an earnest brother, and both deserves and held at Ashdon, near Walden, in Essex, to needs immediate help.] commemorate the settlement of Mr. R. Baptisms at Metropolitan Tabernacle, by Layzell, as pastor of the Baptist Church in Mr. J. A. Spurgeon, Aug. 3rd — fifteen.
Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle.
N. W. ...
Statement of Receipts from July 20th, 1871, to August 19th, 1871.
£ 8. d. 0 1 0 Mr. J. Benson, Junr.
1 1 0 со. 0 2 6 Miss Hayward
2 2 0 J.H. 0 5 0 A Friend, West Hartlepool
0 10 0 The Misses Dransfield 2 2 0 Mr. J. Atkinson
0 10 0 Two Sisters 06 0 Miss Adair
1 0 0 A Friend at Wimbledon 0 4 0 Mrs. Baker
0 4 0 First Fruits 4 10 0 Mr. W. Taylor
0 Friend at Ashdon 0 5 0 A Friend, per Rev. J. Lang
1 1 0 Mrs. Helen Gloag 5 0 0 Mr, Calvert
0 0 Mr W. Dickson 0 10 0 Collected by Miss Jephs
1 5 0 Mr. Craigie 1 0 0 Three Young Editors
1 1 0 Dr. Beilby 1 0 0 Mr. G. H. Mason
50 0 0 Luke x. 2 1 0 0 Mrs. G. Brown
1 1 0 W. 8., Mark xvi, 15 and 16 0 2 6 Mr. George Dean
1 0 0 Mrs. Turnbull 1 0 0 V. W. Sunderland
1 0 0 Mr. C. T. Hodge 5 0 0 A Friend
0 6 6 Legacy, Late Rev. R. May, per Messrs.
J. W. S. Dawlish
0 10 0 Pattison 8 3 4 Mr. J. Young...
2 0 Mr. J. Scott
10 0 0 Collections at Lake Road Chapel, LandMrs Bickmore
0 port, per Rev, T. W. Medhurst 11 7 6 Mrs. Gee
1 0 o Weekly Offerings at Tabernacle, July 23 20 11 1 J. A. M. 0 10 0
30 40 0 5 Mrs. C. Henderson 0 5 0
Aug. 6 45 13 4 Mr. J. Macdougall 0 5 0
13 33 5 8 Mr. W. Davison
0 4 0 W.F.S. 0 10 0
£269 17 10 1 0 0
Statement of Receipts from July 20th, to August 19th, 1871.
£ s. d. E. J. W. A. 0 1 0 J. A. M.
lo 0 James and Louisa 0 2 6 A Widow's Mite
0 10 M. A. M. 0 1 6 Mr. T. Paterson
1 0 0 Mr. Charles Gordon... 1 0 0 Mr. W. Davison
04 A Friend in Yorkshire 5 0 0 W.F. S.
0 100 Peter 5 0 0 A Clapham Omnibus Driver
0 10 0 Salisbury
0 10 0 Robert, John, Maggie & James Brockie i oo Mis. Cheyne 5 0 0 A Thankoffering, Wantage
1 1 0 Mr. Shaw 0 2 0 Miss Peckham
050 Mrs. Harris 05 0 Mr. T. I'rotinan
5 0 0 Mr. C. Norton 5 0 0 A Constant Reader
0 60 A Well Wisher
0 10 0 Mr. Arthur, Beechworth, Australia 2 0 0 Mr. James Hendry 1 0 0 Mrs. B. Clayton
10 0 0 Mrs. Craigie
1 0 0
1 0 0 Dr. Beilby 1 0 0 Mrs. Speading
1 0 0 Mr. E. Davies.
0 10 0 A Friend Contents of a Forfeit Box in a Young
0 7 6 Ladies School 0 7 6 A Reader
1 0 0 0 1 0 Lilly Blair
0 2 0 Mrs. S. O.
0 100 A Friend, Towcester 0 5 0 Mrs. Booth
1 0 0 Mr. J. Robson, New Zealand
3 0 0
Boys Collecting Cards :Mrs. Pidgeon... 5 0 0 F. Apted
0 36 A Widow's Mite 1 1 0 T. Dixon
5 0 Mr. J. Scott 10 0 0 James Dunn
0 3 0 Mrs. Bickmore
10 0 0
0 2 6
0 4 0 Mr. D. Church
10 10 0
008 Mr. P. Bainbridge
0 10 0
0 5 0
0 0 10 1 8 3 Mrs. Pursylove 0 10 0 In College Box
0 10 0 Miss Fitzgerald 06 0 Mr. J. Young
2 0 0 Mrs. Baker 0 6 0 Boxes at Tabernacle Gates
1 13 11 Mrs. Smeed
0 8 0 Annual Subscriptions : Mrs. Davis 0 12 6 Mr. Palmer
50 Miss Buxton 2 0 0 Mr. G. Fitch
10 A Friend
2 0 0 Mr. Edwards 1 0 0
£192 11 % Mrs. Gee
1 0 0 Mr. J. B. Brown
0 16 0 Presents for the Orphanage.—25 Reading Books, Dr. Unwin; 8 Shirts, Sarah; 100 Pairs of Socks, Misses Bourdon Sanderson; 6 School Desks, Mr. Higgs; 6 Tin Cans, Mr. Vickery ; 3 Sacks of Broad Beans, Mr. Woodnutt.
£ & d. 1 1 0 050 20 0 0 1 1 0 5 5 0 1 1 0 110 1 1 0
1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0
20 00 1 1 0
1 0 0 £593 19 0