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interesting record of social and religious progress, it startles one to read that in the year 1828, when the old chapel was built, the Mayor and Corporation of Nottingham petitioned Parliament for the repeal of the Corporation and Test Acts. “Spirit of Freedom, on!"
GODLESS LONDON.—When Parliament is not sitting, the nowspapers take up strange themes. A gigantic frog; an enormous gooseberry; the sea-serpent by an eye-witness, who is always somewhere out of sight when you want to interrogate him; statistics of attendance at places of worship; long or short sermons; and other themes too numerous to men. tion. But this season all ears have been bent to catch “an exceeding bitter cry," and all eyes have been turned toward “outcast," " horrible," godless London. It is a good sign that this cry has not been extorted from the people thomselves, but has been made by persons anxious for the welfare of the poople. It is another good sign that this awful mass of wretchedness and woe is split up, and that its various sections are kopt apart by square miles of moro respectable districts. Nor should it be forgotten, though in the panic I am afraid it is, that even in the worst districts, I will not say in overy block of buildings, there is some agency by which the gospel acts as salt to preserve, if it be not leaven to change, the mass. Every place of worship is a centre of light, and truth, and healing influence, but then the churches are far too few. Every city missionary and overy Bible woman is an agency for good, but each one has a district large enough for ton. Why, a single street, or at most two streets, would furnish work enough for the whole time of a missionary, £o dense is the population; and this would only allow him a quarter of an hour a week with each family. The evil is manifold, the remedies must be diverse; it is deeply rooted, and will require long, and painstaking, and unromantic effort. We want better laws. We want to be rid of drink-shops. We want “more labourers.” But if by means of the first we can pull down the rookerios, we shall not have changed the rooks into doves. If by means of the second wo remove temptation, we shall not impart grace. And if by the third
ethod wo explore every slum and startle the public by its ghastly horrors,
it will still remain the arduous work of years to transform a pandemonium into a paradise. This kind goeth not out by printing and sensationalism, but by prayer and self-sacrifice.
J. F. THE SOUDAN.—I fancy that if General Hicks, whose dead body has been found with sword in one hand and revolver in the other, were only here to tell his story, we should hardly wonder at the three-fold annihilation which has befallen the troops sent into that region. 2 Kings iii. 9, will describe one of the difficulties of that vast country-lack of water. The climate is one which not one in ten thousand Europeans can stand. The Egyptian government there, as John Morley says, is only “an atrocious form of disorder.” Send out a body of Egyptian troops to deal ith refractory chiefs, and the chances are that the commander will accept a bribe from the chief to do nothing. The peculation and the perverseness of the Turks of all ranks is inconceivable. Col. Gordon, when acting as Governor-General of the Soudan, had in one month to discharge
" three Generals of Divisions, one General of Brigade, and four Lieutenant-Colonels.” His black secretary, the man he trusted as his own soul, took £3000 backsheesh. A Pasha who wanted some money accused Lis harom of stealing 2000 dollars. When thoy denied it, he made the women go with his tax-gatherers into the market, and point to innocent people, and say, We gave this man 40 dollars, that one 50, and so on till he got the 2000. Again, Turkish soldiers can't pass through a village without stealing some potty article or other from the natives, and thus, for the wretched satisfaction of getting a chicken or two, or some other trifling articles, they make enemies all along their track, and the honest English Gonoral who leads them finds himself cut off in his communications for months and months. The General muust spare a hundred men to carry back a message to his next post, wheroas a couple would be sufficiont if the vonal soldiery would koop their hands from picking and stealing. To reform the Turk is one of the hardest tasks on earth. Again and again are Englishmen of capacity sent to put different departments on a better footing. But, soon as these men come away, rascals and tyrants are forthwith appointed to succeed them.
OUR College, the senior of our denominational enterprises, has a very strong claim at the present time upon our friends. Never in the past eighty-seven years of its history has it been more capable of doing the work assigned. The classes at University College are proving helpful beyond expectation. The new premises aro very convenient, and in all ways the College now deserves most liberal support. The President's house is now being built, and consequently the need for funds is becoming most urgent.
Will the friends who kindly promised the various amounts at Bradford please forward part, if not all, the amount to the Treasurer ?
Doubtless other friends are only waiting to hear this appeal to forward unpromisod donations in order to make up the amount still needed. No one who has seen the College, and has understood the possibilities now opening for the thorough training of men for our pulpits, has spoken in terms other than of the highost approval. It is one of the noblest works which can engage the attention of a denomination. It is a grand investment of God's monoy. Will our friends remomber that every penny sent AT ONCE will savo interest on necessary loans? The Secretaries will be pleased to forward reports to any friends who have not received them.
PRESENTATION TO THE Rev. C. CLARKE, B.A.-The students who wore at Chilwell during tho ten years Mr. Clarke was Classical Tutor, mot, along with a few friends, on Nov. 19, at the house of Mr. G. D. Orchard, of Ashby, for the purpose of presenting their late tutor with an expression of their esteem. Rev. J. Turner, of Manchester, Rov. J. Hubbard, Mr. G. Orchard, Mr. Jas. Goadby, &c., took part in the proceedings, and the meeting was one of rare enthusiasm and good feeling. The testimonial consisted of an address very handsomely illuminated on parchment in the missal style, by Mr. Jas. W. Smith, of Leicester; also an album containing the photo aphs of the subscribing students, on the outside of which was a silver plate, bearing the following inscription :-“Presented together with an address and purse of gold, to the Rev. C. Clarke, B.A., late Classical Tutor at Chilwell Collego, by the students whose portraits are enclosed. Nov. 19th, 1883."
News of the Churches. .
GBANTHAM.-—The first anniversary of Oxford Street chapel was celebrated on Sunday, Nov. 24th. Preacher, morning and evening, Rev. G. D. Cox, Melton Mowbray; afternoon, Rev. F. Bolton (Wesleyan). On Monday, Nov. 25, the usual tea was followed by a public meeting, the Mayor presiding. Earnest addresses were given by Mr. Gibson, secretary of the church, Rev. G. D. Cox, and the pastor, D. O. Chapman. Proceeds of services between £8 and £9. The friends are projecting a bazaar for some time next month.
LEICESTER, Friar Lane.—The recognition of Rov. G. Eales, M.A., took place on Monday, Dec. 3rd. 370 to tea. " Mr. W. Ashby presided at the meeting. He said they recognised Mr. Eales as their friend, their pastor, leader, and teacher,
and trustod he might continue with them for many years. Revs. LI. H. Parsons, T. Simon, C. Lemoine, M. Hughes, and W. Evans offered their congratulations. Mr. Eales, in responding, said he held the cardinal truths of religion, as they were generally presonted in the works of the denomination to which the church belonged. He especially held Christ as the contre of all light, as the fount of all blessings, as the spring from whence came the living water that satisfied the thirst of the human heart: as tho embodiment of all truth, to be held and practised by the Christian believer. Ho trusted that this would be a prominent feature in the ministry of Christ thereChrist and Him crucified.
He hoped that divino blessings would rest upon them, and that the issues might be the
BAPTISMS. BIRMINGHAM, Lombard Street. — Three, by
E, W. Cantrell. CHESHAM.-Five, by W. B. Taylor. DERBY. St. Mary's Gate.-Nov. 28, nine, by
T. R. Stevenson. FLEET.-Nov. 25, five, by C. Barker. GREAT GRIMSBY.—Dec. 6, two, by W. Orton. ILKESTON, Queen Street. Two, by A. C.
Commercial Road. — Six, by J. Fletcher. RETFORD. – Five (two from Doncaster), by
conversion of souls, the feeding of the flock of Christ, the apbuilding of the church, and the extension of the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour. During the evening the choir sang anthems, &c.
LINCOLN. — The 20th anniversary of the prosent chapel took place on Dec. 11, 12, and 13. Rev. B. Wood, of Bradford, preached, and a service of song
was rendered in the afternoon. Mr. Wood lectured on the 12th. On the 13th tea and public meeting. Mr. G. Hood took the chair, and said that since 1860 the church had increased from a membership of 10 to 96. Interesting addresses fol. lowed, by Rovs. B. Wood, J. Williamson, M.A., G. P. Mackay, and E. Metcalf. The anniversary was one of the best ever remembered. Proceeds £24. The amount goes to the fund for a proposed new chapel. LONDON, Church Street.
Nov. 28, a sale of work was opened by Mr. J. S. Balfour, M.P., in aid of the temperance and general agencies connected with the church. Dr. Burns and the pastor, together with Messrs. Rickett and Mayho, also took part in the opening ceremony: The proceedings were interesting and successful.
LONDON, Westbourne Park.–To mark the occasion of Dr. Clifford's silver wedding (the twonty-fifth anniversary of his pastorato), and to liquidate a portion of the chapel debt, a Winter Forest Bazaar was opened in the school-room of the chapel on Monday, Dec. 7. The idea was a happy one, and the winter scene was admirably executed. Sir William McArthur, M.P., opened the bazaar on the first day, and Joseph Peters, Esq., performed a similar ceremony on the second day. Receipts £930. It is hoped by the sale of remainders to complete £1000 clear of expenses. Our friends are to be congratulated on their splendid
MARRIAGES. DUSAUTOY - WILSHIRE. - Nov. 27, at St. Mary's Gate chapel, Derby, by the Rev. T. R. Stevenson, Mr. George Dusautoy, to Anna Letitia, (Lettie) the second daughter of the late Rev. Joseph Wilshire.
HILL-WILSHIRE.-Nov. 29, at the Baptist chapel, St. Mary's Gate, Derby, by the Rev. T. R. Stevenson, the Rev. William Hill, Secretary of the General Baptist Missionary Society (formerly missionary in India), to Matilda, widow of the Rev. Joseph Wilshire, late minister of the above place.
PROUT-MORRELL.-Dec. 13, at Longmore Street chapel, Birmingham, by the Rev. G, Jarman, assisted by the Rev. E. W. Cantrell, A. T. Prout, pastor of the church, to Esther Morrell, of this town.
Saci-Gool.-Nov. 22, at St. George's Street chapel, Macclesfield, by the Rev. Z. T. Dowen, David, eldest son of Colour Sergeant Sach, to Elizabeth Ann, eldest daughter of Philip Houson Gool, of Macclesfield.
LOUTH, Northgate. The annual sale was held on Nov. 27th and 28th, and was attended with the usual success, over £91 being the resnlt. The minister's house is now practically paid for.
MACCLESFIELD. — At the missionary anniversary, held on Nov. 25th, Rov. Z. T. Dowen proached. The missionary meeting was held on the 26th, the Mayor, W. B. Brock lehurst, Esq., J.P., in the chair. Rev. W. Loos, of Crowe, served admirably as deputation, and addresses were delivered by Revs B. Broadly (Wesleyan), W. Barnes, Ald. J. W. White, J.P., and J. Birchonough, Esq., J.P.
OBITUARIES. EATON, Mrs., of Sanby, died on the 8th of December, in the 77th year of her age. She had been a faithful member of the G. B. church for a great number of years. In her last moments she expressed her only hope to be in the Lord Jesus. At her request her remains were interred in the chapel burial ground, by her late pastor, the Rev. J. Parker, of Salem chapel, Longford.
JONES, JOSEPA GRIFFIN, for twenty-seven years a member, and for several years a deacon of the Baptist church, Cemotery Road, Sheffield, fell asleep in Jesus, Nov. 10, 1888, aged fifty-six years. The Rev. Giles Hester delivered an address at his burial. We regret that we cannot give it in full. He pointed out that in his earlier days Mr. Jones was what is called a Freethinker, or infidel. But & change took place, and the enmity both of his thinking and feeling nature was overcome by the Spirit of God. His conversion to Christ was profound and thorough. He carried the evidences of Christianity in his own bosom, and was an epistle of Christ. He knew whom he believed. Doubts and fears, like gnats and flies, might buzz about him for a time, but they found no lodging place in his heart. The main characteristics of his Christian life, as pointed out by Mr. Hester, were, humility, prayerfulness, sympathy, and benevolence. He died in harness, but wom out. You might almost say that he went from the presence of a sick and aged friend into the rest and joy of heaven. He has fought a good fight. He has finished his course. He has roceived his crown of life.
Threescore years and Ten. THE following letter from our revered brother, the Rev. Dr. Buckley, will be read with pleasure and gratitude. Never before has a letter been received from a missionary brother at such an age, and we are sure that the friends of the mission will earnestly pray that, if the Lord will, our beloved brother may be spared for a few more years, and that his path may be “as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”
Cuttack, October 22, 1883. As I have been wont, for now nearly forty years, to talk with your readers, I cannot allow an event, deeply interesting to myself, to pass, without asking them to unite with me in devout thanksgiving to our Heavenly Father for His special loving kindness and tender mercy. On this memorable day I have attained the mature age of three score years and ten.
It is a time for solemn reflection and grateful remembrance of the past, with calm and confident trust in God as to the future. I feel no misgiving as to the brief period of earthly sojourn that yet remains. He who has watched over me during all these years and favoured me with so many and such peculiar mercies, will not “cast me off in the time of old age," nor“ forsake me when my strength faileth.” In His long experienced care my heart still confides. now fifty-seven years since I gave myself, body and soul,
to my blessed Redeemer; and as I have never since that day doubted His mercy and grace, it would be sinful indeed to do so now. May my few remaining days be fully spent in His blessed service, and cheered by the abiding sense of His presence and His love. The 71st Psalm is now increasingly precious to me, and I would take the 8th and 14th verses, especially the latter, as my motto—"Let my month be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day. I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.” Yes, “ more and more,” till the imperfect praises of earth and time are exchanged for the nobler songs and loftier praises of heaven.
In recent years I have read, with deep emotion on my birthday, Dr. Watts's paraphrase of the 71st Psalm, first part, entitled, “The
aged saint's reflection and hope;" and as it is not found in many of the recent hymn books, I may be permitted to quote it—at least in part.
“My God, my everlasting hope,
I live upon Thy truth;
And strengthen'd all my youth.
With all these limbs of mine;
I've been entirely Thino.
Repeated ev'ry year ;
I trust them to Thy care.
When hoary hairs arise ;
Whene'er Thy servant dies." I do not quote the last verse, but can assure the readers that in “reviewing” the way in which the Lord my God has led me these seventy years of earthly sojourn, I read in every page “the evidence of my Father's “love,” and the record of “every line” calls for “ praise” to Him.
“O may I breathe no longer than I breathe
My soul in praiso to Him." Does the reader ask how far advancing years affect the ability to serve the good cause? This is hardly a question for me to answer. Old men are rarely conscious of the decays which are very evident to others; but I don't feel worn out yet. True, the eye is dimmer than it was, and much of my work requires " Eye gate” to be in good trim, but while thankful that the artificial help, which many need at a much earlier period, has thus far been dispensed with, it will, I fear, soon be indispensable. Travelling is not so easy as it once was, and roughing it is out of the question; but I can still work at the desk a fair number of hours, and advancing years do not interfere with daily engagements in the College. May grace be given that I may“ bring forth fruit in old age," and that the few remaining days of a life marked by many and special mercies may be entirely devoted to Him whose I am, and whom I serve."
Sebeuty Years Ago. It would be easy to one who delights in historical study to write a long article on the changes of the last seventy years; but my time is limited, and I can only briefly glance at topics which might be largely extended. And
18t. What was the condition of our beloved country seventy years ago? Our Chief Magistrate at that time was one of the worst of men; and it was one of the worst periods of a dissipated and sensual life. If