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latter than the former. It would have | age of twenty-three, entered Liverpool been impossible however to interchange as an entire stranger, at the age of the qualities for which they were re- seventy-five, threw the whole town into markable. Each one selected the style mourning as he left it for the tomb. We of address which best comported with cordially recommend these memoirs as his habit of thought and natural taste, profitable to all, and particularly to and each, without doubt, was alike con- young ministers. Though written by a scientious in his cultivation of that which son, there are no symptons of undue would render truth from his lips most partiality. The narrative evinces effective. In Jay, there was a deep- throughout the hand of one who had toned, quiet power, which, as it seemed nothing to conceal, who could challenge to come from the world above, appalled the strictest investigation, and who or gladdened the world below; in James, needed only to be faithful. there was a resistless charm;
in Raffles, Letters of Ruth Bryan. James electric shocks. The first was a deep flowing river, the second a soft mur
Nisbet & Co., 21, Berners Street. muring brook, the third a mountain These letters are preceded by a memoir torrent, plunging from precipice to pre- of the writer of more than ordinary incipice, till the sound is heard no more. terest and profit. Of the great and Raffles spoke like Apollos, James like gracious Master it is said, “He could Barnabas, Jay like the Master himself. not be hid.” Ruth Bryan may be said
Those who knew Dr. Raffles in his to have followed him so closely that she public capacity only, will be gratified could not be hid. Her influence was by the view given in these memoirs of his great in a large manufacturing town and inner life. They will find here pleasing its vicinity; persons of distinction were and unmistakable evidences, that
, from glad to provide for her recreation and the commencement to the close of a long comfort in time of need; and her writand influential career, his heart was ings will guide and cheer many hearts right with God. He was a diligent for generations to come. That which studen of the Word of God, and gave her this pre-eminence was not generally accomplished before breakfast, rank, nor talent, but piety. 6. There is what others would have considered in these letters,” says the Rev. A. sufficient for a whole day. He was pre- Moody Stuart, in a preface to the work, eminent as a pastor, as well as a preacher; a savour of Christ, at once sweet and and in this respect, surpassed many less rare, with a marvellous richness and distinguished preachers in his day. His variety even in what may seem to some catholicity of spirit, and co-operation in an incessant repetition.” This witness all public measures for the social and is true. It is rare Christianity that is religious benefit of mankind, procured | here displayed, but it ought not to be for him universal respect and esteem. rare. The exception should be the rule. His services which were required on
We recommend this book strongly as public occasions, were cheerfully ren- supplying a model of female piety. dered, as far as by the most diligent The Soul-Gatherer. James Nisbet economising of time, he was able; not to his own denomination only, but fre
& Co., 21, Berners Street. quently to others. From the pride and This book is true to its title. It is well covetousness too often associated even in calculated to gather souls to Christ, and Christian ministers, with the sphere in to teach others also how to be engaged which he moved, he was entirely free. in that work. It is racy, pointed, and That he possessed the genial elements highly suggestive. In some parts the of open and endeared friendship in an style is abrupt; in others, well-conunusual degree, is evident from the nected and fluent. Both the thoughts affection with which his memory is and the language rise far above the cherished by his brethren in the ministry, ordinary level of female composition. of every grade, who had been brought It is an earnest attempt to aid those into intercourse with him, and by the who desire to be earnest in winning universal sympathy displayed on the souls to Christ. The least help in this occasion of his decease. He, who at the direction is valuable, and much more
the very seasonable and powerful help share in the many improvements of the
and simple propositions; and all is con-
ALEXANDER J. ELLIS, F.R.Š.
such as love to nurse and amuse their The Royal Nursery A, B, C. Dean
own children, to appreciate these rhymes. and Son, 11, Ludgate Hill. We should think far better therefore of This is one of the numerous instances the parents who took an interest in in which the nursery comes in for its them than of those who did not.
similar in attendance and interest not, whether they receive your message,
“The kingthem, “Go and preach the truth, and dom of God is come nigh to you.”
And oh, if there be one class more nently successful in winning souls to than another here, to whom I think the Christ. His beloved mother was the kingdom of God is come nigh, among wife of a Christian minister, also emthe unsaved, it is the children of pious inently useful, one of the past generation. parents, the seed of the godly, the She was an eminently godly person. daughters of mothers who are saints, the She lived a life of devoted consecration. sons of Christian parents. You have She saw her son grow up with a reformed been acquainted with the Bible from and cultivated mind. He had everything your earliest days, you have heard the she could wish, but the one thing need tidings of redeeming mercy from the ful. Worldly prospects opened in great first moment you could have exercised brightness on her child, but he did not thought, you have been gathered within belong to Christ. At length disease lays the hallowed influences of the domestic hold upon her, and she is fast hastening altar from Sabbath to Sabbath, day by to death; she has only one thorn in that day, morning by morning, and night by dying pillow, and that is the memory of night. You have gone hand-in-hand her unsaved son. She is restless; he with Christian parents to the Sabbath- must be sent for that she may give him school, and to the sanctuary. Are you a parting word of warning, a parting Christians ? Why are you not? Oh! word of appeal. But life is fast ebbing how great your guilt, and how heavy away, and ere the youth can reach his your doom, if you die rejecting that honie, it may be the mother will have Christ whom your parents honour, if passed from time into eternity. Oh, you die spurning that blood which has the anguish of that mother's heart. She washed your parents from their crimson had no doubt of her own personal inguilt !
terest in Christ, for she saw heaven and I speak to-night the word of truth a smiling Christ awaiting her. She and soberness. God knows our hearts could say, “there is laid up for me a crown as ministers of Christ, God knows our of righteousness;" she was resting on the hearts as Christian parents. There is atoning blood, but her child was unnothing that bears upon our hearts to saved, and she felt that she should die equal the conversion of our children, of before he reached her. She requested to our young men, and our young women, be propped up in the bed so that she to the faith of Christ.
might write a few lines to tell him of There may be here to-night, some her yearning desire for his salvation; young man, who up to this very hour she did it with great effort, the dying has trifled with all religious things. hand placed a few words on the paper, You had a godly mother; the first utter- as only a dying mother could write, and ance of her lip after your birth, was that when she had finished, she said, “Now, you might be a child of God. She if I am gone before my child arrives, let watched you all through the morning of this paper be in my dead hand, and let your life, and prayers unnumbered have him take it out himself;" she then cried, been registered on your behalf. The “Dear Jesus, into thy hands I commend light of her Christian example has ever my spirit," and her spirit departed to been before your eyes, and perhaps she the God who gave it. has gone to her rest and to her reward. There upon that bed of death she lay, It may be you stood at the dying bed. grasping in her right hand the paper It
may be that you gazed on that dying which was the last act of her life. The scene. It may be that like as the first son came home, he had been in this utterance of her lips at your birth was a great metropolis, had imbibed infidel prayer for your salvation, so perhaps, sentiments, and laughed at the Book of the last utterance of her dying lips was God; but there was still in his heart a an appeal to her loving son. Oh Christ, yearning, a fond and an agonizing love oh Spirit of God, lead such an one to for that mother. As he drew near to yield to night.
the house, he saw the blinds all down, Let me state a fact. I know an emi- his heart was broken, and when he ennent servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, tered, he was in an agony of grief. They who has been for many years in the led him to the bedroom, and he bathed ministry of the gospel, and been emi- | the face of that corpse with tears. When
the first impulse and outburst of his The public recognition of Mr. Minett agony was over, he caught sight of this at Stantonbury, near Wolverton, was paper in his mother's hand. He took it held on the 14th of April last. A sermon out and read it, and learned that the was preached in the afternoon by Mr. only thorn in that dying pillow, had been Rogers of the Metropolitan Tabernacle the thought that he was unsaved. The College. In the evening, a public meetSpirit of God owned that mother's faith ing was held, at which Mr. Rogers prein that dying gasp, and bowing himself sided. Mr. Bailey gave an address upon there and then by the side of that corpse, the nature of a Christian Church ; Mr. he sought the true and living God, and Foster upon the relation of the Pastor found salvation through the blood of to the Church ; Mr. Rogers upon the rethe Lamb. From that day he conse- lation of the Church to the Pastor; and crated himself to his mother's God, and Mr. Adey, of Leighton Buzzard, upon has been one of the most successful the relation of the Church to the World. preachers of the everlasting gospel of Mr. Walker and Mr. Minett also gave Christ.
addresses suited to the occasion. Many May I be speaking to any young man attended the services from a considerable whose mother has gone to heaven and distance round. Much interest has been left him unsaved ? Oh, by the precious excited by Mr. Minett's ministry, and memory of that mother's love, go to that there have been some first-fruits of what, uplifted cross to-night. Oh, by the memory we trust, will prove to be an abundant of her who offered up untold numbers of harvest. prayers for you, plead for the atoning On the same day, the recognition of blood to-night. Oh, by the cherished Mr. Wright at Brabourne, in Kent, took memory of her who again, again, and place. A tent capable of accommoagain, in health and sickness pleaded on dating nearly 600 persons was erected your behalf, return to thy mother's God for the occasion, and was completely to-night. May the resolve of Ruth be filled. In the afternoon, a sermon was thy resolve to-night. “Thy people shall preached by Mr. Ness of the Metrobe my people, and thy God my God.” politan Tabernacle.
In the evening, And while I plead with God for you my after a public tea-meeting, Mr. Rees, of young friends, may the Lord come and Hythe, commenced the service by readplead with you also. Oh, rally round the ing and prayer. Mr. Marchant, one of Saviour's cross, engage in his service, the deacons, gave an account of the cirgive your hearts and lives wholly to him, cumstances that led to a unanimous inand you will never repent it amidst the vitation of Mr. Wright to the pastorate. scenes of time, or amidst the ages of Mr. Wright related his Christian expeeternity. Oh, by all the sacredness of rience, his call to the ministry, and the this hallowed hour, give thine heart to reasons that had induced him to settle Christ. Oh, by all the fervour of those in that place. Mr. Ness then competitions that have been offered up and mended him and the Church to God by are being offered up, now yield thy- prayer. Mr. Etheridge, of Ramsgate, self to Christ this night. Oh, by all that gave the charge to the minister, and Mr. is glorious in heaven and dreadful in Jackson, of Sevenoaks, to the Church. hell, by all the preciousness of the Mr. Wright's prospects here are very Saviour's blood, and by all that is miser- encouraging: able in the condition of the damned, let On Monday, the 17th of April, the the cry of thy heart be, as thou goest settlement of Mr. Kerr, at Montacute, with trembling footsteps to a Saviour's in Somersetshire, was celebrated. The cross,
afternoon service commenced with read“Nothing in my hands I bring,
ing and prayer by Mr. D. Jennings, of Simply to thy cross I cling;
Lynn. Mr. J. Price, the retiring pastor Naked come to thee for dress;
of the Church, after a ministry of about Helpless look to thee for grace; Black, I to the fountain fly;
forty years, asked the usual questions, Washľme, Saviour, or I die!"
and offered the ordination prayer. Mr. May God the Holy Ghost visit your Rogers, of the Metropolitan Tabernacle, hearts with his rich grace to-night, for gave the charge to the pastor. At a Christ's sake! Amen.
meeting in the evening, Mr. Rogers pre
stantial account appeared in the public | has been captured in the fens of our newspapers, of the discovery, by some Eastern Counties, where, from its requarryman, of a colony of these crea- markably sonorous croak, it is termed tures, which, after the rock had been “ The Cambridge Nightingale.” It seems split away, were found huddled together, to live entirely in the water, not being and speedily scampered away to fresh amphibious as is the common frog. hiding-places. It is surely needless to This interesting little animal whose say that a full explanation of this so- history displays so much of the loving called discovery may be found in the fact, care of the Divine Father, quietly that the stone contained natural fissures, pursues its course of usefulness, often, into which at the approach of winter the indeed, receiving cruelty from man, animals had crawled, to repose in their while it deserves to be treated with usual state of torpidity. Perhaps the most gentle kindness; but harmless and audacious attempt of this nature upon useful as it is to us, it was once made the credulity of mankind was made at the to fulfil the terrible power of God's Great Exhibition held in 1862, where a wrath. In the waters of Egypt the frog frog was exhibited in the midst of a is to be found now, as when Moses enblock of within which we were asked countered the haughty pride of Pharaoh to believe that the animal had been found on the banks of the Nile; then it was alive! This would have indicated on the one of the numerous consecrated animals part of froggy such a sleep that in com- of the Egyptian people, being, it is parison with it, the doze of Rip Van believed, dedicated to the sun; but at Winkle in the sleepy hollow would have the command of God frogs issued forth been but a forty-wink nap after dinner. from the river, the canals, and reserThe indignant comments of those who voirs, insomuch that they overspread knew better, compelled the managers of the land, and filled every house, from that department of the Exhibition to the peasant's hut, to the monarch's withdraw the manufactured wonder. palace; a punishment to the rulers and The simple truth is, that none of these people of Egypt which not only showed stories will bear that close sifting of evi- the futility of their resistance, but proved dence which truth demands, and experi- that in the hands of a mightier One, ments carried out both in England and even the very emblems and objects of France prove, that although frogs and their worship might be used against toads can exist for some time in a dor- | them; the sacred river itself becoming mant condition, yet the period is very to them a fertile source of misery and limited, and by no means sufficient to annoyance, while one of the sacred warrant belief in the idle tales to which animals appeared in such incredible numwe have referred.
bers that, so far from any feeling of On the continent of Europe the frog reverence remaining, the most unmitiis more esteemed than it is with us, the gated loathing must have resulted from hind quarters of a species of the animal seeing them crawling through every being there dressed and served up as a apartment, leaping upon all articles of recherché dish: the edible frog is largely furniture and food, finding their way cultivated for the purposes of the table, upon the couches, and filling even the and it is not impossible that the com- kneading-troughs with their wet and mon animal is made use of for the same cold trail. Every effort to remove them purpose. Should any of my readers being unavailing, this insignificant animal desire to partake of this delicacy, they sufficed to humble the pride of the may be pleased to know that the parts greatest nation and proudest ruler of usually eaten are prepared in France, ancient times. In the hands of God packed in small, hermetically-sealed common blessings to the rebellious may cases, and sold in this country, although become great curses, while to the humble at a price which places them beyond the and obedient, apparent evils may be proreach of all but the wealthy. As a ductive of much good. scientific fact, it is interesting to know
W. R. SELWAY. that the Edible Frog (Rana Esculenta)