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company," have been called away, to enter, we trust, upon a friendship more pure and lasting, and a service unmixed with failure or imperfection.
MARY Anx, the beloved wife of Rev. Moses Mills, of Oldham, was called home June 13, in her seventy-fourth year. She suffered sore affliction for many years, but maintained much cheerfulness, and as the end approached her soul was sustained and comforted by grace divine. May the same support and consolation be vouchsafed to her bereaved husband; and at length, by faith and patience, may he also inherit the promises !
SAADRACH PRIEST, of Cradley, Stourbridge, fell asleep in Jesus, March 5 last, in the eighty-sixth year of his age. Brought to God in 1832 through that terrible scourge, the cholera, he joined the Wesleyans, but in 1834, in company with Messrs. Evers, Burley, and others, he united with our body, and to the end remained with the Church of his convictions and choice. His chief feature was his strong attachment to the Lord's house. To the last he retained a clear sense of his Saviour's love, and a bright hope of the home above; these filled him with joy, and brought many shouts of “Glory, glory" from his lips. His end was peaceful, and his rest is eternal.
Xotices of New Books.
The Way to Fortune. Third Edition. 28. 6d. London: T. Fisher Unwin. A SERIES of short essays, with illustrative proverbs and anecdotes from many sources, yet all pertinent to the subjects discussed; and all these subjects are treated in an agreeable and entertaining style, and well fitted to make good impressions, and to produce useful results. There are about fifty essays, extending over 250 pages, and embracing a variety of topics: Beginnings, Choosing a Profession, Time and its Value, Money, Early Rising, Obstacles, Bad Company, Getting into Debt, Wasted Labour, Caution, Manners, Luck, Friends and Enemies ; these, and many kindred topics, are handled with a skill and wisdom which cannot fail to absorb the attention, instruct the mind, and benefit the life of the reader. Young men and maidens, it is just the book for you! From the same enterprising publisher we have received, “ I've been a Gipseying."
By GEORGE SMITH, of Coalville. Price 6s. It contains most touching and thrilling reports of this eminent philanthropist's rambles among our gipeies and their children, in their tents and vans. Few of us can know what large numbers of these strange people are living in our land, and only such men as our author can reveal their dire need of legislative, educational, and Christian measures, or vocalise their loud cry for social and spiritual regeneration. The book abounds with striking facts and wise suggestions, while every page reveals the intense sympathy of this devoted friend to our canal and gipsy populations, and his indomitable energy in keeping before the country the grave questions which their condition suggests, and the remedial measures for which it calls. We must not omit a passing reference to the pictorial illustrations, which are numerous in this handsome volume, and add greatly to its charm. May the startling revelations and rousing appeals of this publication lead to the adoption of measures which shall produce early and radical reform among a race which for three hundred and sixty-eight years has been scorned by the Christians of England ! The Pulpit Commentary: Jeremiah. Vol. I. Edited by CANON SPENCE, M.A., and Í. S. EXELL, M.A. Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1, Paternoster-square,
London. This portion of the great Commentary now being rapidly issued by the enter. prising firm named above, deals with the first twenty-nine chapters of the book of Jeremiah. - An able introduction treats of the life, times, and characteristics of the “ Weeping Prophet," then 600 pages are filled with Expositions by Rev. T. K. Cheyne; Homiletics by Rev. W. F. Adeney; and Homilies by Rers. D. Young, J. Waite, S. Conway, and A. F. Muir. These writers have done their work well, and while we occasionally differ from them, we regard the volume, on the whole, as a worthy companion to those which have preceded it, and as adding much strength to the claim of this Commentary to be considered the best for preachers which this age bas produced. We anticipate, with eager hope, the remaining issues, and feel sure that the circulation must rapidly increase as the Commentary becomes better known. The Expositor. Edited by S. Cox, D.D. Second series, Vol. V. London:
Hodder and Stoughton. 78. 6d. On the “ staff” of this increasingly popular and useful serial we observe the names of many of the ripest scholars and ablest critics of our country. And in the volume before us it is gratifying to find that most of the papers are quite as learned as ever, but more practical and profitable than in any previous volume. Dr. Cox's own articles on Balaam are themselves worth the cost of the entire book, and Dean Plumptre supplies a number of papers, which excel in finish of style and fulness of information. Indeed, there is no page of the 476 which form the year's issue that may not profit the reader.
Genesis the Third : History not Fable. By EDWARD WHITE. T. F. Unwin,
London. 18. This beautifully printed and well-bound book, of 82 pages, contains The Merchants' Lecture for 1883, delivered for the last time at the Weigh House Chapel, London. The Merchants' Lecture is an ancient Foundation in the Great City, now in its two hundred and tenth year. It is intended to confirm the citizens in the faith, and many illustrious men have given their service to it. Mr. White discusses, with great clearness and force: (1) The place which the Mosaic account of the Creation and Fall of Man occupies in Holy Scripture. (2) Some general objections made to the historical reality of the narrative in Genesis the Third. (3) The sentences pronounced on the Man, the Woman, and the Serpent-tempter. (4) The place of the Hebrew Doctrine of Good and Evil, amidst the Dualisms of Antiquity.
The author proves himself fully abreast of the thought of the times; but, unlike many modern theologians, he refuses to yield a single hair's breadth to the demands of scepticism, and maintains, in full loyalty to the truth of Holy Writ, every claim of the orthodox faith. We admire and thank him for his courage and clearness, which characterise this interesting brochure throughout. The Life of Christ. By Dr. BERNHARD WEISS. Translated by J. W. Hope.
Vol. I., pp. 393. 10s. 6d. Edinburgh, T. and T. Clark. Among the innumerable “ Lives" of our blessed Lord which form the literary marvel of this age, the above stands pre-eminent. It is acknowledged to be one of the most valuable contributions recently made to Biblical science, and no higher praise or better commendation can be accorded to it. We look with intense longing for the completion of this invaluable work, and with equal ardour we recommend this “Life” to our brethren in the Ministry.
Our Connexional Outlook.
BIRMINGHAM AND MR. Saturday. The object of the meeting
was to bid farewell to Mr. Gratton
and his family, on the eve of their DEAR MR. EDITOR, -A large and departure for Adelaide, and to suitably interesting meeting of our friends in recognise his abundant and faithful the Birmingham First and Second service as superintendent of the Circuits was held at Unett-street last | Birmingham Circuit for the last four
ably recognised Mr. Gratton's services as its secretary for four years, by presenting him with a handsomely bound copy of the complete works of George Eliot.
Our prayer is that God may preserve his life and the lives of his family, and prosper the work undertaken by them in Australia for the Connexion and the Master.-Yours faithfully,
F. H. ROBINSON. Ladywood, June 29.
years. The large schoolroom was filled with friends who came to tea, and at the after meeting held in the chapel many were present who could not come earlier. After the opening of the meeting the Rev. A. H. Collins (Baptist) and Mr. W. F. Calloway (Congregationalist), representing the Birmingham Nonconformist Ministers' Union, presented Mr. Gratton with fifteen volumes of the works of Canon Kingsley and Bishop Ellicott, in recognition of his valuable services as Secretary of the Union since its establishment nearly four years ago. Mr. Councillor Godfree, Chairman of the meeting, next presented, on behalf of the Birmingham First and Second Circuits, a beautifully illuminated address bound in morocco, and a purse of twenty guineas. Mr. H. Allen, representing the Unett-street Mutual Improvement Society, followed with a present of a valuable field glass, aptly remarking that by its aid Mr. Gratton would be able to keep the old country in view a little longer than with natural vision, and would also in all probability catch through it the first glimpse of the new country to which he was going. The Revs. F. H. Robinson, F. R. Goodfellow, and Messrs. Christie, Holcroft, Cox, Mole, Smith, Scott, Willetts, Halford, Cherrington, White, A. Taylor, Sen., and 0. Sanders, also addressed the meeting; all bearing testimony to Mr. Gratton's efficiency, industry, and self-sacrifice, in the pulpit, school, and sick chamber; in business meetings and all philanthropic and public work in which he has been called to take part. After a touching reply from Mr. Gratton, the meeting closed with hearty greetings and good-byes from all who could get near enough to speak to Mr. and Mrs. Gratton. I may add that a resolution of hearty thanks for his services was passed by the Executive Committee of the Gospel Temperance Mission, of which Mr. Gratton was chairman. Our own Ministers' District Meeting also suit.
CONNEXIONAL BIBLE AND
PRAYER UNION. MORE than once we have directed attention to this-explaining its objects and urging its claims. We now learn that the late Conference sanctioned it, although no resolution to that effect came into our hands. The Rev. J. W. Sims has the movement in charge, and his circular, hereto appended, deserves thoughtful and sympathetic perusal :“Northwood, Stoke-on-Trent,
July 9. “ MY DEAR SIR, — In accordance with the resolution of the late Conference, I earnestly ask your co-operation with the Bible and Prayer Union. This Union exists to promote the systematic daily reading of the Word of God, and daily united and specific prayer. Though called 'Methodist, it is not exclusive. Christian believers of any Church will be gladly welcomed as members.
“ Members are expected-(a) To read daily the portion of Scripture appointed for the day; () to pray daily for all the members of the Union; (c *) to bring before God, in their daily private devotions, the special requests for praise and prayer appointed for the day in the Monthly Letter.
“ Requests for Praise and Prayer.These should be sent in not later than the 6th of the month, accompanied by the name and address of the sender, not for publication, but as a guarantee of good faith.
Membership and Subscription. -Persons may become members by sending
Applies only to those who subscribe for !he Monthly Letter.
their names and twopence, in return, Sheffield Circuits. Tea was provided in for which a card of membership and a the schoolroom, where a goodly num. list of readings for the year will be
ber assembled. Brief addresses were sent. Members are, however, strongly urged to buy the Monthly Letter,
given by Revs. Dr. Stacey, T. Scowby, which contains notes on the readings, T. Addyman, and W. H. Alcock. The requests for praise and prayer, family public meeting was held in the chapel. readings, and a memory text for each There was a large congregation, many day of the month. This may be ob
people having come from the distant tained (price one penny monthly) from any bookseller; or the Letter
societies in the three Circuits. The will be sent from the above address by Rev. T. Rider presided. The Rev. the Secretary for twelve months for Dr. Stacey gave a brief history of our 18. 6d. prepaid. Those of our friends
Australian Mission, and spoke upon who have already joined the Union
the qualifications required in a sucshould in future transmit their renewal subscriptions through the secre
cessful missionary, and the duty of tary. It is most desirable that there the Church to mission the world. We should be at least one local Secretary were not surprised that, under the in every Circuit (or, better still, in force of his eloquence, the congregaevery society) in the Connexion, and
tion broke the regulation-piz., that I shall be glad to furnish ministerial or other members with books for the
as the meeting was a devotional one, enrolment of members. Will you
there should not be applause. The kindly bring this matter before your
Rev. S. Walker hoped that the confiJuly Quarterly Meeting and take such dence, affection, and prayer which other means as are likely to secure the
that night so evidently gathered about adhesion of our friends ?— With cordial regards, yours sincerely,
these two brethren would not be tran"J. W. SIMs." sient, but that our Churches would
more frequently, in meetings for PRESENTATIONS TO
prayer, remember the great Mission MINISTERS.
work. The Revs. E. Gratton and W. We have accounts of quite a number Shaw gave effective and tonching ad. of these, but they do not come to us in dresses, breathing the spirit of devofair form for detailed publication; and tion to their work. At various stages our fortunate and favoured brethren of the meeting prayer for the Divine will be best pleased with this general blessing on the Missionaries and the statement. We congratulate them on success of the work was offered by the favour they have found among the Revs. B. Turnock, J. Flather, Mr. people, and the valuable expressions of Skelton, Mr. S. Maclaurin, and esteem and love they have received. others. The President urged the great And we congratulate, equally, the importance of personal and immediate many brethren who by devoted service dedication to God. The Revs. W. H. deserved such testimonials last year, Alcock, T. Scowby, J. Shaw, E. Alty, but did not get them! No matter ! and others, took part in this interesting Their witness is in heaven; their meeting. A subdued and holy in. record is on high.
fluence pervaded the whole assembly.
Several were that night led to say :-
Thy ransomed servant, I
And from this moment live or die On Tuesday, July 3, a special devo
To serve my God alone." tional service was held in the Southstreet Chapel, in connection with the departure of the Revs. E. Gratton and
SHEFFIELD SOUTH. W. Shaw, for Australia. Both of | NEW schools are now being built in these ministers have laboured in the South-street, superseding old ones
which for some time past have been | actuated not by a wish to obtain large found inadequate to meet theincreasing subscriptions to their funds, but to requirements of Sunday-school work. have persons who were highly esteemed In the month of March, a meeting of and beloved to inaugurate & movethe congregation was held to consider ment which was for the good of the the question, How to secure better ac town and the glory of God. He then commodation for our Sunday-school ? presented a silver trowel and a mallet Whilst there was a desire to retain and to Mrs. John Whitworth, of Forest enlarge the old premises, around which Hill, stating that the deep and genergathered some of the earliest and hap ous interest which she and her husband, piest associations of the friends, yet, a man as generous as unassuming, being convinced that this would be | took in the progress of the community both expensive and inexpedient, it was was widely appreciated; and in inviting determined to provide the most efficient her to this service they desired to reaccommodation possible for future cognise and honour their well-known work amongst the young. Encouraged excellences of character. The first of by the liberal offer of our large-hearted the stones was then laid, Mrs. J. friend Mr. C. T. Skelton, the people Whitworth announcing that she laid entered unitedly and heartily into the it in the name of the Holy Trinity work. Promises were made amounting and to the glory of God, and expressed to nearly $900. Selection was made the hope that the building would be of plans showing a school with large erected without accident, and that room and several classrooms, designed when built it would receive largely, for 1,000 scholars. The contract for and continually increasing, the blessing the building is £2,000. The work is of Him who said, “Suffer little being done by Mr. G. Crookes and Mr. children to come unto Me." H. Brumby, both devoted friends of Mr. John Stacey made the next our school.
presentation of trowel and mallet to The ceremony of laying the memorial Mrs. Skelton, and in graceful terms stones took place on June 18, in the spoke of the large and spontaneous presence of a large number of spec generosity of her husband, stating tators. The Rev. W. Cocker, D.D., that although for many years the need announced the opening hymn, appro of a new school had been felt, yet it priate portions of Scripture were read was owing to his liberality, encouraged by the ex-President, Rev. W. Long by her equally generous promptinge, bottom. The Rev. J. Stacey, D.D., that they had been led to undertake offered prayer, after which the Secre that work. Mrs. Skelton then laid tary, Mr. Styring, deposited a bottle the second stone, expressing a hope containing the usual documents. The that the school might become a great Rev. T. Scowby stated that the blessing to the people of this thickly Committee had invited three ladies to populated district. lay the memorial stones of the new Mr. Councillor G. Warriss made the school. One of these, Mrs. Skelton, next presentation to Mrs. J. Wycliffe had been selected as representing the Wilson. Referring to her election on church and congregation, Mrs. Whit the Sheffield School Board, he said worth had been chosen as representing that she had gone to that honourable the larger family, the denomination, position with the good wishes of the and the third, Mrs. Wilson, had been religious communities of the town. selected as representing the wide and Having laid the third stone, Mrs. growing Christian sympathy with the Wilson said that it was true that, intellectual and moral welfare of the anxious as she and others were for the youth of Sheffield. In requesting secular education of the children, - these ladies to officiate they had been they were still more so for their moral