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formal business, Mr. Duncan, one of the in making suggestions for the still more secretaries, read the Annual Report, from efficient working of the Union's affairs, and which it appears that the Union in all its at the close notice was given of proposing branches has shown more than usual pro- that two new Presbyterian Societies be mise of life and success during the past admitted to the Union. After a few words year. Most of the Societies united in this of prayer conducted by the new President, Association are flourishing and active, two Mr. Bruce, the meeting separated. new ones have been added to their num. TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, NEW ber, and the Societies in Regent Square and BRIDGE STREET, NEWCASTLE.-SABBATH River Terrace give an unusually high are- Schools ANNIVERSARY.-On the forenoon rage attendance throughout the past year, of Christmay-day, 1865, the Rev. T. W. 39 and 28 respectively. The total number Brown, pastor, preached a sermon to the of members on the rolls of the different children attending the Parent Sabbath Societies is 369, and the aggregate average | School, and also those of the District Misattendance at the weekly meetings is 183. sion School, held in the Royal Jubilee The average attendance at the four general School, New Road, in connection with meetings of the Union has been 119. At the church. The total number present these meetings a lecture is delivered, or amounted to upwards of 400. On leaving paper read and discussed; and among the church each scholar was presented those who have thus given an interest to with an orange, the gift of Mr. Alexander the meetings are the Rev. Thomas Alex. Laing. In the evening the anniversary ander and Dr. Leone Levi. The Union's meeting of the Parent Sabbath School was great scheme for reaching and assisting to held in the echool-room, under the church, lodgings and companionships youths arriv- where the children were regaled with tea, ing from Presbyterian congregations in fruit-cakes, buns, &o. Addresses were deother parts of the land has had more suc- livered by the chairman (Rev. T. W. cess during the pist year than on any Brown), Mr. Councillor Coulson, of Edinformer occasion, and measures are still burgh, Mr. G. Hudson, superintendent, being devised for more successfully spread-' and Mr. John Thompson. Robert Wiling the knowledge of the scheme through liam Archer, William Thompson, Edward the Presbyterian Churches of the land. H. Scott, James Mills, Anthony McBride, The young men desiring to avail them- William Frater, and James G. Brown selves of the advantages thus held out to (scholars), gave recitations; and Mr. Freethem should write to the secretaries* before man, jun., concluded the proceedings by leaving home, so that rooms may be ready the exhibition of a Magic Lantern. On for them on their arrival. They should Wednesday evening, December 27, about bring with them also as proofs of their 300 children, who attend the District Misrespectability a letter from the minister sion School of the church, with upwards of whom they are leaving. The Report ap- 100 of the congregation and friends of the peals to these ministers for their co-opera- mission, partook of a substantial tea in the tion in this work, as it is useful, not Royal Jubilee School, New Road, wbich merely to the young men, but, by keeping was tastefully decorated with evergreens, them true to their creed, to the Presby- devices,.&c. The Rev. T. W. Brown preterian Church in the land. In moving the sided; and with Messrs._Coulson and adoption of the Report, Mr. George B. Thompson, and Mr. A. McBride, superinBruce, of St. John's Wood, took occasion tendent of the school, delivered interesting to remark that he had not till this evening addresses. A Drum and Fife Band, wbich had any idea of the extent of the aims of has lately been established in connection this Union, which were so far beyond the with the school, attended and played seveusual literary ones of Young Men's So- ral airs in a very creditable manner. А cieties. He wished it every success; and Christmas Tree, provided by the lady spoke at large on many of the different teachers of the school, formed an importpoints brought up in the Report. After ant feature in the evening's entertainment several other speeches, the following office. —the distribution of the articles which bearers were in due form elected for 1866 :- adorned it, together with the repayment of President, George B. Bruce, Esq. ; Vice-, the amounts collected in the Children's President, Robert Bell, Esq. ; Secretaries, Savings Fund, and the band playing the Messrs. Henry R. Duncan and Robert National Anthem, brought the proceedings White; Treasurer, Mr. Allan Rankin. to a close. The Annual Congregational The remainder of the evening was occupied Soirée (the proceeds of which are appro
* The secretaries are at all times willing to priated to the Sabbath Schools) was held assist Presbyterian youths in the way mentioned on Wednesday evening, January 10, 1866,
Their addresses are, Mr. Henry R. in the school-room under the church, Duncan, 49, Great Percy Street, Pentonville, which was decorated with evergreens for W.C.; and Mr. Robert White, 84, St. Paul's Road, N.
the occasion. The following ladies pre
sided at the tea-tables :- Misees Mont- morning and evening, by the Rev. Mr. gomery, Turnbull, Walker, Archer, Clark, Davidson. Bell, Thorburn, Reed, Lewins, Nichol, St. ANDREW'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Boston, and Wood. About 200 sat down SIIEFFIELD. The annual congregational to an excellent tea. The Rev. T. W. tea-meeting was held on the evening of Brown, pastor of the church, occupied the New Year's Day. There was a large atchair at the subsequent meeting, and in a tendance of members and friends of the few prefatory remarks, congratulated the congregation, the spacious school-room being church and congregation upon the con- completely filled. After tea the Rev. J. tinued prosperity they enjoyed. Mr. Isaac Breakey presided, and, in the course of his Freeman, the treasurer, in reading the opening speech, stated that the year which annual Report, remarked that the present had just passed away had been signalised was the twelfth year of his having done so, to them by the extinction of the debt on and he was glad to say that this year it was the church. At the commencement of an eminently satisfactory one. Mr. J. 1865, the whole debt amounted to nearly Nesbit, in the course of a short address, £800. He had received a grant of £150 alluded to the increased number of sittings from a fund connected with the English let during the year. Mr. Hudson, super- Presbyterian Church, on condition that intendent of the Sabbath School, also the remainder would be raised. Of subspoke, and urged the formation of a scribers outside the congregation he would psalmody class amongst the scholars. now specify the present mayor, William E. Addresses were likewise delivered during Laycock, Esq.; John Brown, Esq., Winthe evening by Mr. D. D. Main, on gerworth Hali; T. North, Erq., Basford “Psalmody; ” Mr. W. Sutton, on “ The Hall; Isaac Burkhill, Esq., Chapel AllerChurch Debt;” Mr. McBride, on “ The ton Hall; Robert Barbour, Esq., BolesDistrict Schools ;" Mr. Hepburn, on worth Castle; John Stuart and George " Mission Work;” Mr. Sweeney, “ On Stewart, Eros., Manchester ; and John Mutual Improvement; Mr. Wilson, on Brown, Robert Younge, Mark Firth, Henry “ The Sabbath Question ; and by Messrs. Wilson, F. E. Smith, and F. Hoole, Esqe., Crofton, Pritchard, Pimlott, Gaul, Nichol, Sheffield. The report of the Dorcas SoThompson, &c. The Drum and Fife Band ciety was given to the meeting. The report connected with the District Schools was in of the Sabbath-school was read by the attendance, and enlivened the proceedings secretary, Mr. Gill
. The meeting was by playing several airs at intervals. Votes afterwards addressed in able and entertainof thanks to the ladies, chairman, and ing speeches by the Revs. Brewin Grant, speakers, brought the meeting to a close. R. M. Macbrair, and Stanton, Indepen. ANNIVERSARY SERVICES IN
dents; and by J. P. Campbell, Baptist; WITH BROAD STREET CHURCH, and J. Flather, Now Connexion Methodist; BIRMINGHAM.—The annual tea-meeting of and also by Captain Ferrier, Mr. G. V. Dr. Mackenzie's congregation was held on Naylor, and Mr. Corrie. The choir, conthe 28th ult., and was attended by a large ducted by Mr. Barton, sang several pieces and respectable congregation. On the plat- during the evening. On the following form, besides the Rev. Dr. Mackenzie, who evening, the children of the Sabbath-school presided, were the Rev. Dr. Gordon, of received their annual tea. Many beautiful Walsal; the Rev. J. Thain Davidson, of and valuable books (about 60) were preIslington; the Rev. George Lewis, of sented by the Rev. J. Breakey, in the name Dudley ; and W. Crole, of Stafford. After of the superintendent and teachers, to those the introductory chorus had been sung, who by their diligence and good conduct which was ably sustained by Mr. Sutton merited them. The remainder of the and several musical friends, the chairman evening was spent in singing and recitations at some length reviewed the history of by the children. Another entertainment the past year, and in eloquent terms de- by the minister was given to the children duced the national and social lessons therein on Wednesday evening. taught. The Rev. G. Lewis addressed the YOUNG MEN'S SOCIETY OF THE PREScompany on the relation between cheerful. BYTERIAN CHURCH, BROAD STREET, BIRness and godliness ; and was followed by MINGHAM.-The fifth annual meeting of the Rev. Mr. Crole in an interesting and the members of the above Society was held amusing speech. The Rev. J. Thain David- on the evening of the 12th ult. in the son, of London, and the Rev. Dr. Gordon, lecture-room of the church, Mr. Thomas of Walsal, also gave suitable addresses, the Allsop_(Vice-President) occupying the former pointing out the elements of con- chair. The annual report stated that during gregational prosperity, and the latter giving the year forty-eight meetings had been held, a racy description of a visit recently paid with an average attendance of sixteen, the to the Eternal City. On Sabbath, January average for the second half of the year 21st, the anniversary eermons were preached, being nineteen. Twenty-three original
essays, four debates, and a series of thirteen parts of the world. Several, too, have readings, were given by the members, and yielded to death, and some of these when four lectures by friends of the Society. far away from Birmingham-one coming to The number of subscribing members for an untimely end while engaged in a whaling the year was thirty-eight, and the subscrip- vessel in South Greenland. In addition to tions had been sufficient to defray all neces- the above, former members of the Society bary expenses. The report then proceeded may now be found in the principal cities to trace the whereabouts of the early mem- and towns of the United Kingdom. bers of the Society, and showed forcibly WARRINGTON.—The annual meeting of how a few years will scatter and separate a the congregation was held on the 18th of band of young men. The first secretary of December. It was addressed by the Rev. the Society now labours as a medical mis- J. B. Johnstone, pastor, and by a deputasionary in the island of Formosa; another tion from the Presbytery, consisting of the member holds a high official position in Rev. R. H. Lundie and Dr. Henderson. India ; a third is in Canada; a fourth is in The meeting was largo, numerous, and enthe Bahamas; and
others in different couraging.
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The Christian in Complete Armour. By great Allegory, has been more read or WM. GURNALL, M.A. With a Biogra- exercised a greater influence on subsequent phical Introduction by the Rev. J. C. times. Its fulness of doctrine, its richRYLE, B.A. In Two Vols. London: ness in illustration and epigram, its close Blackie & Son.
dealings with the heart, and its intensely We welcome this new and beautiful practical applications of the truth, make it edition of a work so well known, and so one of the most precious treasure-houses highly esteemed as Gurnall's “ Christian in to which human language has given birth Complete Armour.” The printer has done for all classes and conditions in the Chrishis best, and Mr. Ryle has prepared as full tian commonwealth. It is enough, though and satisfactory a sketch of the Lavenham many other testimonies to its value might Rector's life as could be expected, con- be adduced, that “ John Newton said that sidering the singularly scanty materials if he was confined to one book beside the which exist for such a work. The biography Bible, he dared say Gurnall's Christian is remarkable rather for its forced omis- Armour' would be his choice.” sions—its confessions of ignorance, than
The Children's Catechism. for the facts which it lays before us. Yet
By H. D.
BROWN. London: James Blackwood & it is interesting, for anything about Gurnall must be interesting, and then the times
Co., Paternoster Row. in which he lived are surpassingly interest
This little work admirably supplies a ing. Mr. Ryle has clearly made long and want which, as Mr. Brown remarks, has pains-taking research after such materials been much felt by Sabbuth-school teachers. as could be found, and meagre as the re- It is intended and fitted for the very sults of his labour are, the Christian public youngest children, who find even the will heartily thank him for them. He “ Mother's Catechism” too difficult. Mr. strives hard to more than justify what has Brown, as superintendent of the Missionary been considered by many the one blot in School, maintained by the Presbyterian Gurnall's life,-his submission, though up congregation, St. John's Wood, in Lisson to that time apparently sympathizing and Grove, has had many years practical expeacting with the Puritans, to the celebrated rience as a teacher. And, as the fruit of Act of Uniformity; but, in our opinion, such experience, he has produced in this with little success. Certain facts and hints Catechism an elementary manual of reliwhich he gives in the course of the bio-gious instruction which, in point, simgraphy, but which he does not seem to plicity, comprehensiveness, and soundness, give their full value in the argument, lead is all that could be desired. We cordially us to conclude that Gurnall was wholly recommend it to the attention of parents unfitted for public life in so unsettled a and Sabbath-school teachers. period—that he was by nature timid, extremely cautious, and somewhat time- The Shepherd and His Flock. By J. R. serving. It is painful to form such a
MACDUFF, D.D. London: J. Nisbet &
Co. judgment of such a man; yet it should not be allowed to diminish our admiration Dr. Macduff has “the pen of a ready either of his truly noble writings, or of the writer.”. For many years past volume simple beauty of his ministerial life at after volume has come forth in his name, Lavenham. Take him all in all, few cha- and still the stream flows as steadily and racters, even among the ejected Puritans, briskly as ever. His writings evidently will so well bear scrutiny. Had he lived suit the popular. Christian taste, and so in more peaceful times, he would, undoubt- long as there is such a demand for them, edly, even in spite of his retiring disposi- Dr. Macduff can hardly be blamed for tion, have taken a foremost place amongst doing his best to supply it. Nor are there the leaders of Christian thought and life, any symptoms of the spring failing. There and have left behind him not only an un- may be no floods, but there is no appearchallenged reputation, but one that would ance of drought. There may be no swellstand out from the canvas of English Church ings of genius, but there are no signs of history as, in a peculiar measure, saintly present or coming vacuity. The Doctor and Christlike; we should then also have seems at first to have pitched on a pleasant known much more about him than we now and workable level, and ever since he has do. Concerning his great legacy, “ The pursued the "even tenour of his way.” Christian in Complete Armour,” we need Never profound, he is always elegant, say little. Probably no work of the Puri- always sensible, and always sweettan age, with the exception of Bunyan's tempered. Except in his titles, for which
he may not be altogether responsible, he Germany. The translation, so far as we carefully avoids vulgar sensationalism. can judge, seems all that can be desired. What there is of this element in his writ- May it meet with a large circle of English ings is of a subtle and refined sort, run- readers ! Few recent works are so well ning in the line of sentiment. His books fitted to counteract the freethinking tenmay not live long, but they answer a good dencies of the day, to guide safely the purpose in the present, affording profita- earnest inquirer, and to confirm the faith ble reading to thousands, and, doubtless, of the assaulted Christian. carrying light and comfort into many Voices of the Soul answered in God. By the Christian circles.
Rev. JOHN REID. London: J. Nisbet “The Shepherd and His Flock” is a hand
& Co. some volume, containing a series of short discourses on Scripture passages, in which
Though the title of this book is vague the Saviour and his people are represented and unsatisfactory, the book itself is unas occupying the relative positions of usually excellent. In a systematic way it shepherd and sheep. This is a subject shows how God in Christ alone meets all suited to the author's peculiar talents, and the wants of the human soul. There is with much beauty of sentiment and nothing misty or transcendental in it as warmth of colouring and earnestness of the title might suggest. It is a clear and application, he pursues the various ideas robust statement of truth giving evidences that are suggested by it. We recommend throughout of learning, thoughtfulness, his book to the Christian public as being and literary power. The reader feels that quite up to the standard of his former he is in the presence of a man who has works.
something to say and who knows how to
say it, and cannot but admire the thorough Bible Hours. Being Leaves from the Note- ease and the calm earnestness with which
Book of the late MARY BELL DUNCAN. the loftiest truths are handled. Let all London: J. Nisbet & Co.
who value just thinking happily expressed, We have here the private meditations secure this volume; it is a work much
needed at the present day. of a truly pious and gifted soul. During a period of illness, which terminated in her The Irish Orphan in a Scottish Home. By death, Mrs. Duncan spent much of her the Author of “The Way Home,” &c. time in studying the Bible, and acquired London: J. Nelson & Sons. the habit of writing short papers on such A most affecting narrative written with passages as in any way peculiarly im- all the freedom, and force, and finish that pressed her mind. These papers are now mark the style of the Author of "The given to the public in the hope that they Way Home, to which well-known little may
especially among those work, indeed, it may be regarded as a who, like her, are called to an invalid life, sequel. The Irish orphan was the son of to a deeper love for the Bible, and for Him the Irish nurse who, with her precious of whom the Bible testifies.” They are charge, was killed by that fatal accident very thoughtful and devout, and we trust which gave birth to "" The Way Home;" that the object of their publication may be and very beautifully told is the story of attained, the author, though dead, yet his youthful piety and early death. This speaking words of comfort and hope to is another little messenger sent forth by many who are in the furnace.
the author to scatter the seeds of life Apologetic Lectures on the Fundamenta: amongst the weary and the dead.
Truths of Christianity. By Chr. Ernst
We can only state at present that we its character and object. It is a book which edition of Kitto's Bible Illustrations (Olithe exigencies of the times have called into phant & Co.); the first part of a new existence; and it shows us how orthodox edition of Brown's Dictionary of the Bible Christians are everywhere bestirring them- (Oliphant & Co.); the 20th part of The selves in defence of those Bible truths Imperial Bible Dictionary (Blackie & Co.),; which it is becoming so fashionable to as- and the January numbers of Christian IVork, sail. Though thoroughly German in cha- The Sunday Magazine, Our Own Fireside, racter, it is neither too profound to be The Gardener's Magazine, The Household, understood by the common mind, nor too Old Jonathan, and The Children's Hour. diluted to be acceptable to the cultivated. We deem it a valuable contribution to Christian apologetics. The author's piety NOTICE.—We are obliged to postpone the seems equal to his learning, and we are insertion of a letter on Congregational not surprised to learn that his lectures Singing" from “M.," several Book have had a rapid and extensive sale in notices, and other matter, till next month.