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before him, their productions have, in most of the poor. Commencing with St. Giles's, cases, been fragmentary and local, and we these Bible-women are being multiplied, hare, therefore, no hesitation in recom- and are now successfully prosecuting their mending his volume as the most complete labours in various parts of the metropolis. and satisfactory account that has yet been The volume is a brief record of some of published. It has reached us too late in the fruits of their labours, and therefore we the month to be able to do more at present read not only of "Marian's Tea-party in then eall the attention of our readers to its St. Giles's," but also of the "Bible-women appearance. We agree with Mr. Noel among the dust-heaps," " Rebecca in Shorewhen, in his preface, he says: "This book ditch," “ Westminster and its Bibleis wanted because no connected narrative of women," &c., &c. It abounds with facts these transactions has yet appeared ; and its and narratives of great interest which ought author has various qualifications which to be read and pondered by all who take an may recommend it to his readers. He interest in the spiritual welfare of our godbelongs to that Christian body in Ulster, in less, neglected poor. the congregations of which God has chiefly Haste to the Rescue ; or, Work while it is Day. displayed his grace. He is a native of the
By Mrs. CHARLES W. FRITI. Preface by province, was for some years the pastor of
the Author of "English Hearts and a church within it, loves its people, feels dzep interest in their spiritual progress, is
English Hands." James Nisbet & Co. poquainted with many of their ministers, This volume may fitly take its place has visited the places which have been beside the "Missing Link,” just noticed blessed, and has conversed with numbers The writer appears to be the wife of a clergy. who have witnessed the remarkable scenes voted lady,--who was led, mainly bý, a
man in Shrewsbury-a godly, gifted, dewhich he has described. On the other hand, a3 a minister of Christ in London, perusal, of “ English Hearts and English he has, doubtless, while rejoicing in the Hands,” to try what could be done for the happiness of Ulster, not forgotten the wel- evangelisation of the godless poor in her fare of England.”
husband's parish. Undaunted by the disThe above notice was put in type for our couragements that were thrown in her way, January number, but omitted for want of she went to work with an earnestness and room. We have now simply to add that a
determination that seldom fail to insure more careful examination of the volume has success; her language was, “This, God confirmed our high estimate of its value. helping me, I am resolved to do, and to be The work is divided into three parts: the discouraged at nothing!” The result is an first consisting of eleven chapters on the
amount of work accomplished and good " Origin, Early History, and Progress of done that is truly astonishing. the Awakening';" the second part consists
“During the period of eighteen months, of twelve chapters of “ Personal Observa- the writer has conversed with upwards tions and Inquiry," which will be read with of five hundred working men, and, with deep interest; and the third and last part homes in the evenings, thus becoming
few exceptions, has visited them at their treats of the “Physical Accidents,” the “Physiological Affections," and the “Fruits." personally acquainted with their wives and We hope, in a future number, to enrich our
families, and entering into their domestic pages with a few extracts; meanwhile we
cares and trials, sorrows and joys, in no cordially commend the work itself to the
common way.'' attention of our readers.
She soon found intemperance the main
hindrance to her work, and therefore estabThe Missing Link; or, Bible-Women in lished a total abstinence society amongst
the Homes of the London Poor. By the people, herself becoming one of its L N. R., Author of “The Book and its earliest members. More than one hundred Story." James Nisbet & Co.
pounds a week is now spent on the wives Tais valuable little book needs no recom- society, which used to be spent in drink,
and families of the 230 members of this mendation from us. The initials of theauthor Homes have been made happy, wives and are a sufficient guarantee for its ability and children rescued from misery and ruin. worth. What Charlotte Elizabeth was to the Not a few have found the Saviour, and are poor of St. Giles's a quarter of a century ago, now "adorning the doctrine ; " others have *L.N.R.” -or Mrs. Ranyard, for that is the died in faith, rejoicing in the “Lord our good and gifted lady's name-has been to then for some years past. We believe she has
righteousness." been mainly instrumental in the formation The Family Treasury of Sunday Reading, of the " London Female Bible and Domestic November and December, 1859. T. Mission," which has for its object the em
Nelson & Sons. ployment of intelligent, godly women, as The December part completed the first visitors or fernale missionaries, to the abodes yearly volume of this miscellany, and a
very rich treasury it is. We have no hesi- / structive and elevating thoughts. The volume tation in saying that Dr. Cameron has, is a valuable contribution to this class of this year, far exceeded the efforts of any literature, and a most suitable book for the previous year successful though they family library. were-in his particular sphere of labour. Some of the short original papers in the British and Foreign Quarterly Revier. volume are of great excellence. We are January, 1860. Nisbet & Co. pleased to learn that the circulation is good- This number opens with an able article, it cannot be too extensive—and that so good taken from the Princeton Review, on Dr. N. a programme is issued for the present year. W. Taylor's “ Lectures on the Moral Govern
ment of God;” which is followed by a paper The New Congregational Tune-Book :
“ Barnes on the Atonement,” wherein the adapted to the New Congregational
erroneous views of that popular, and, in many Hymn-Book. By ADAM WRIGHT, Or. ganist of Carros Lane Chapel, Birming exposed. The article on “Sunday Laws,"
respects, useful writer are clearly and ably ham. Part I. Thomas Nelson & Sons. supposed to be from the pen of Dr. Hodge, Or this tune-book we have three distinct has excited great attention in the United editions issuing simultaneously, namely : States, and will be perused with interest by The Vocal Score Edition,
English readers. The original articles in The Tonic Sol-fa Edition, and
the number are “Ballantyne's Christianity The Instrumental Edition.
Contrasted with Hindoo Philosophy," " The
Geography of Palestine,” “Bayne's Christian In addition to the ordinary standard tunes, Life," and " The Life and Times of Carey, the work is to contain a selection from the Marshman, and Ward." great masters ; also a selection of ancient hymn-tunes from various sources, and a The Quarterly Journal of Prophesy. Januselection of Scripture passages adapted for chanting. In each edition, the hymns are Recent events give interest to the views of printed in full, and marked for expressive which this journal is the exponent. The singing by variety of type. Each of the present number concludes the eleventh voeditions is to be completed in five monthly lume. It opens with a long and well-written parts, and as the price per part is 4d., 6d., paper, written fifty years ago, but not before and 1s. respectively, they may be said to be published, entitled “ The Kingdom of Christ, within the reach of all classes. The names and Nature of the Age to Come.” The sixth of the publishers are a sufficient guarantee article is curious, and, in some respects, infor the excellency of paper and type, structive, being simply an alphabetical list and we have no doubt that the future parts of works on the Book of Revelation, extendwill be quite equal to the one before us.
ing over ten pages. The two expository
articles, or readings in Genesis and First Central Truths. By the Rev. CHARLES
Chronicles, will repay perusal. STANFORD, London: Jackson & Walford. We have here a collection of thirteen dis. M'Comb's Presbyterian Almanack for 1860.
Belfast: William M.Comb. courses, to which their author has given the name “Central Truths,” because they “ all Mr. M'Comb's excellent Almanack may be mainly aim to set forth those elementary said to have reached its majority, this being doctrines of the gospel from which all others its twenty-first annual impression. It teems seem to radiate and grow." The reader will with interesting information on all useful form an idea of the nature of the volume subjects, but it is of special value to Presbyfrom the following enumeration of the sub- terians from the very large amount of Pres. jects :-“Foundation-Stones," "The Apos- byterian information which it contains, such tles' Doctrine,” “ The Apostles' Fellowship,” as we have not found in any other publication “ The Unction of the Holy One,” “ Preva- in this country. lent Errors on Justification Considered," " The Anchor within the Veil," "The Good Words, a Weekly Magazine, Edited by Tempted High Priest,” “ Causes of Unsuc
NORMAN MACLEOD, D.D. Edinburgh: cessful Prayer,” “Peculiar Hindrances to
Strachan & Co. London: Sampson Lowe. the Efficacy of Social Prayer,” &c., &c. For many years the “Christian Treasury"
So peculiarly applicable are many of the enjoyed a wide, uncontested field, and much “hindrances ” pointed out in the last-named good it was the means of doing, but it has chapter to many of the prayer-meetings held now the companionship of some sturdy com: in our own places of worship, that we in- petitors. Last year the “Family Treasury” tended to reprint several passages at length, and “ Christian Guest" made their first ap. but space forbids us.
pearance; and now Dr. Norman Macleod The discourses are thoughtful, ear ret comes forth with another, entitled “Good sound, and practical, abounding with in Words.” Judging from sample and circula
tion, he has made an excellent commence- ' anecdotes, adventures, tales, and articles on ment, which, we trust, may be but the popular science. In this latter department, earnest of greater prosperity. The contents, chemistry and zoology have hitherto enjoyed
of this first number are not so fragmentary an almost absolute monopoly: but one ad; as those of the publications above named, vantage of the latter has been, that it has
and it contains more original writing. It is beautified the pages with a series of engrav1
a magazine of the "right sort," for which ings which would have made the eye of old there is yet ample room, and most earnestly Bewick dazzle with delight. Seldom have do we wish its excellent editor “God speed we been more impressed with the progress of in his new enterprise.
art in England than in turning over these
wood-cuts, which might adorn the most Young England; an Illustrated Newspaper sumptuous Christmas keepsake, and which for the Youth of the British Empire.
are here lavished on a penny paper for chil. London: Kent & Co. Nos. 1 to 14.
dren. The numbers, if carefully kept, will The idea of such a periodical is excellent; bind up into a charming volume, and thus and the spirit with which it has been carried prove a lasting source of amusement and inout entitles it to the hearty support of parents struction. Our only regret is, that its pages and teachers, and of our young friends them- are encumbered with a story of, to the young, selves. Although entitled a newspaper, it questionable value-Mrs. Beecher Stowe's 1 is more strictly a monthly miscellany, the “ Minister's Wooing;” but that is now com
news of the day occupying a very limited ple and will leave the coast clear for more space, and its columns being chiefly devoted to appropriate contributions.
Presbyterian Church in England.
of congregations. The experience of the
Committee, as to the benefits derivable COLLECTION SABBATH, FEB. 19TH.
from its operation, is so far highly satis. SABBATH, the 19th of Feb., is the day factory, and they anticipate that many fired by the Synod for the annual collec- ulterior advantages will result from it. tion in behalf of the Home Mission and It is obvious, however, that without inSupplemental Fund.
creased funds the arrangement cannot be The Committee would take leave to carried out. The Committee believe that urge a few considerations that should the funds will be forthcoming, and so weigh with the congregations of the that they will be in a position to redeem Church in evoking their liberality on the pledge given by the Synod to the this occasion.
weaker congregations, and thus promote, Ist. At last meeting of Synod, new to some extent, the comfort of ministers rules were adopted for the administra- in the less favoured localities of the tion of the Home Mission Fund, which Church. will involve a considerably increased ex- 2ndly. At the present moment the penditure on the part of the Committee. funds of the mission are exhausted. Not The main principles embodied in those only so ; there are liabilities actually inrules are these two :—first, that, subject curred for the closing year to the amount
to certain clearly defined conditions, no of £100, and it is very doubtful whether | minister of the Church have a smaller contributions yet to be received will reach annual income than £100. Indeed the this amount. As the forthcoming collec. Committee have been aiming at this for tion, therefore, will be available only for many years. And, secondly, that beyond the coming year, it will require an extra this point the voluntary efforts of a con- effort to be made by the Church, in order gregation shall be aided by a grant out of that the Committee may enter on the the Mission Fund equal to one-half the labours of a new year free from embaramount raised by such efforts, till the rassment and anxiety. stipend reach £150. This arrangement, 3rdly. England presents a noble field if carried out, will materially improve the for Home Missionary enterprise. Amid condition of the ministry, especially in all her privileges and glories, there are the rural districts, whilst it will stimu. yet masses of people in her large cities late and encourage the voluntary efforts and towns that are sunk in spiritual
darkness and degradation. The great end STUDENTS' APARTMENTS AT THE of this mission is to do somewhat, in
COLLEGE common with the agencies of other evan. gelical churches, to raise up these precious To the Editor of the Presbyterian Messenger. souls from their degradation, to the enjoy- Dear Sir,—May I beg of you to insert the ment of the grace and peace of the gospel. following note just received, as it may be The efforts of the Committee have been interesting to the friends of the college, and put forth in this direction, but they especially to those who have contributed have necessarily been limited by the towards the furnishing of the students' limited means placed at their disposal. apartments. They are assured that much more might I have good reason to believe that the be done by the Church. Let her be sentiments expressed by Mr. roused to a sense of the responsibilities warmly entertained by each of the other that lie on her; and whilst she abounds nine, for all have now been accommodated, in prayer for the advancement of the and are enjoying comfort and happiness Lord's work, let her replenish His trea- under the wholesome thouglı strict regulasury liberally with the silver and the tions imposed for the internal government gold, and then she will have the satis- of those who are thus located in the institu
tion. faction of having done what she could to
At the same time, I avail myself of the reclaim the lapsed masses of the people, opportunity to mention that the rooms are and so convert the moral wilderness into by no means completely equipped; on the a fruitful field.
contrary, with the exception of napery, William M‘Caw, Convener.
which my sisters themselves provided, and
of bedsteads and bedding, they are but ROBERT BARBOUR, Treasurer. scantily supplied.
Carpets, dinning-room chairs and furniture, bed curtains and coverlets, are still
wanting, and will be thankfully received as THE JUVENILE MESSENGER. donations ; the intending donors of any
thing taking the precaution to inquire of With this number we have stitched up a
me, or at the college, whether not interspecimen copy of tho"Juvenile Messenger," mediately supplied, that they may make which some of our readers may perhaps their gift in another way, see for the first time. As will be seen from Perhaps I need scarcely add—the sooner its wrappers, it is doing a good and im- the better, as we may expect the cold will
increase with the easterly winds of spring. portant work amongst the young of our
Yours faithfully, congregations. One of our missionaries
ARCID. T. RITCHIE, Hon. Treasurer. his way
to China is to be supported mainly by the contributions of its young
29, Queen Square, readers. But why should its circulation
21st January, 1860. be so much confined to our Sabbath DEAR MR. RITCHIE,- There are now eight schools? There are thousands of children of us accommodated in the college, and belonging to the families of our Church two others have applied for apartments.
Really if the friends of the college and of who do not go to Sabbath schools, and the church had any idea of the advantages who never see the “ Juvenile Messenger," which we now enjoy there would be no need not because of the expense, but because of a second appeal in behalf of the furnish. their parents do not take the trouble to ing scheme. We are exceedingly comfort.
able, not withstanding we are still short of procure it for them.
furniture. We now feel at home. I canWill the ministers and office-bearers of not but contrast the condition of a student the Church kindly try to help us in this arriving in London for the first time now matter ? If so much good can be done by with what it was three years ago. encouraging the poor children of our
Picture him then : he arrives in London schools to do something for Christ in the an utter stranger ; he appears at the classes ; mission-field, how much more might be wanders about the streets in search of a
all strange faces there ; class-hours over, he accomplished if the children of those fami- coffee-house, or a dining-room. All strange lies whom God has blessed with abundance faces there too, and strange ways. The were engaged in the work too ?
heart feels cold and heavy. A chill like living ice seems to crawl along his veins and rankle about his heart. He goes home;
everything strange and cold there too. No one to speak to, and the spirits too low for study. Well do I remember my first year in London!
PRESBYTERY OF LANCASHIRE, How different is it now. The moment a This Presbytery met at Liverpool, 4th Jan., student arrives and takes up his abode in 1860. Present: Rev. Robert H. Lundie, the college, he is at home and comfortable. moderator pro tem.; Dr. White, Messrs. He is at once in excellent spirits, and sets Blyth, J. C. Paterson, Johnstone, Hunter, heartily to his studies, with feelings of love Jas. Paterson, Henderson, Welsh, Robinson, for the college and the church in all its and Inglis, ininisters; and Dr. Walker, interests.
Messrs. William Henderson, Robert LockYou hear it often said, that we want more hart, John Sorley, and Wm. M'Connechie, esprit de corps in our Church. I don't elders. think there ever was so much among the The consideration of Mr. Blyth's motion students of this college as there is now, and on the Lady Hewley Fund was delayed till that will tell upon the Church in after next meeting. years.
Owing to the small attendance of members I need not speak of the pecuniary ad- at this stage of the proceedings, the consideFantages of living in the college. With ration of the motion proposed by Mr. Inglis, the present number of students it is equal on the subject of ministers giving an account to distributing among them the sum of £2 of their congregations at the meetings of weekly. Multiply that by 36, and you have Presbytery, was delayed till next meeting. a boon of £72 per annum conferred upon By a majority, the Presbytery resolved to them, and no one feels a penny the poorer recommend to the Home Mission Committee for it.
to give the Chester congregation a grant of And besides this actual saving in rent, £20 for the present year, on the ground that our lodgings are much more comfortable; the state of the congregation is exceptional and being in the house we have constant on account of the Home Missionary efforts acess to the library, which greatly facili- it has been making during the past year. tates our studies. We have now oppor- An interim Church Session was appointed tunity for the practice of elocution. Why! for the congregation at Warrington ; Mr. we had no opportunity for this in private Inglis, moderator. Mr. Robinson was aplongings. If a few of us met together for pointed to preach at Warrington on Sabbath this purpose, we were in constant danger of next, and, by edict, to declare the church giving offence to other parties in the house.
We feel that all these advantages must Mr. Lundie gave in a report from the comtend to increase our efficiency as ministers. mittee appointed to visit the Mission near Our affections will be warmer towards the in- Ruabon, in North Wales. The committee terests of the Church, for nothing tends more recommended the Presbytery to erect this ; to concentrate these upon self than a hard mission into a preaching-station, under the
struggle for maintenance with no sympathy charge of the Church Session of Chester, from others. Besides, our constitutions with leave to dispense the Communion when will be stronger. There are many ministers it seems meet to do so. After discussion, now suffering from impaired health who the further consideration of the report was trace their present infirmities to the hard-delayed till next meeting. chips endured while at college. You know
Mr. J. C. Paterson reported for the comof one student who finished his course at mittee appointed to inquire into the circumthis college, and went home to die. You stances of the preaching-station at Swinton, know of several cases almost as sad. to the effect that the people, though few, are
Were our benevolent friends seriously to earnest ; that the funds available for the sup: weigh these matters, there would be no port of the station are £86 per annum; and want of such ladies as Miss Ritchie and recommended that the station be continued. Mrs. Brown, and others, who have so According to another recommendation of the espoused the cause of the student on the report, a committee was appointed to conpresent occasion ; and they in their turn sider whether the station could be available pould not want warm hearts breathing for supplying preaching in some of the gratitude for their kindness and liberality. neighbouring districts.
That your efforts in this cause may soon A report was given in from the Committee be crowned with success is the ardent on Church Extension, to the effect that they desire of
did not think it expedient to proceed further Your sincere friend,
at present with the business committed to A STUDENT IN HIS LAST SESSION.
them. The matter was remitted to the com
mittee-Mr. Johnstone, convener-to be Archd. T. Ritchie, Esq.,
prosecuted and reported upon again at next 26, Poultry.