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and Essays. By Henry B. Smith, D.D., the vast importance of the pastoral office, LL.D. Edited with an Introductory concerning which he says : 'I am quite sure Notice by George J. Prentiss, D.D. that average preaching, with diligent and Edinburgh: T. and T. Clark. 1878.-Dr. loving visitation, will tell in time upon Prentiss justly says of the lamented most parishes more effectually than mere Henry B. Smith : 'Whether regarded as a preaching, however eloquent or popular. theologian, as a philosophical thinker or It will tell more effectively for the true, as a general scholar and critic, he was one deep, lasting work of the Minister.' Whilst of the most accomplished men of his time.' writing directly for the benefit of young The present work is a collection of Ad- Clergymen, Dr. Miller has produced a book dresses and Reviews delivered on various which every Methodist Preacher would find occasions, and published in different lite- exceedingly helpful. We should be glad rary journals. "The title of the first is to see it in the possession of all our young given to the book, as being indicative of Ministers. its general character. Messrs. Clark have rendered another good service by collecting
The Origin and History of the New and publishing in this country the scat- Testament. By James Martin, B.A. tered and most valuable
productions of a Third Edition. London : Hodder and great American thinker. These Articles and Addresses deal in a masterly way with
Stoughton. 1878.-In this handy volume
the author has given a thoroughly good many of the great theological and philo- popular account of the origin and history sophical questions which agitate our times.
of the New Testament. His aim has One of the ablest and most valuable is
been to show how under the influence that on The New Latitudinarians of
of the Holy Spirit the various books England. The shallowness of the writers of Essays and Reviews, their disreputable
written, gradually gathered_to
gether and the Canon finally fixed. The unacquaintance with the literature of the
concluding chapters give a brief sketch of subjects which they treat in such a revolu
the principal texts, and especially of the tionary spirit, is exposed with terrible
English Version. To Sunday-school trenchancy. A steady growth of power is teachers and other Bible students who observable in the successive productions
have not the opportunity of reading the arranged in this volume according to the date of their original publication, at least
more expensive and elaborate works of
Canon Westcott (to whom Mr. Martin acas far as the tenth inclusive: Whedon on
knowledges considerable obligations), this the Will: a lucubration which has much
book will prove exceedingly valuable, furinterest and instructiveness for Arminians.
nishing them with what so many require, Dr. Smith evidently sees where the pinch
a short and trustworthy history of the New of the question is ; but even his intellect is
Testament Scriptures. baffled by the metaphysics of the subject, and candid and clear-headed as he is, he misconceives the Arminian position ; no
An Autobiography of the Rev. Josiah doubt owing mainly to unskilfulness and Henson (Mrs. H. Beecher Stowe's' Uncle defectiveness of statement on the part of
Tom'). From 1789 to 1877. Edited by John Arminian advocates.
Lobb, F.R.G.S. Ninety-fourth Thousand.
. Christian Age' Office. 1878.-A book of Letters to a Young Clergyman. By
which ninety thousand copies have been John C. Miller, D.D. London: Hodder
sold in twelve months hardly needs a reand Stoughton. 1878.-To the two very able
viewer's commendation ; still we are glad works on the duties of young Ministers
to call the attention of any of our readers noticed in our March number, we must now
who bave not already seen it, to this most add a third, equally practical and devout.
touching narrative of Uncle Tom's 'Life. The form in which Canon Miller has
The chapters which describe his slave life, written makes his book less a systematic
his cruel sufferings from his master's hearttreatise than a series of godly counsels,
less treachery, and afterwards from hunger written in an almost colloquial style, in
and weariness, and then his final escape to deed, precisely what a veteran soldier of Canada, rival in pathetic interest the most Christ might say to his own son in the
thrilling parts of Mrs. Stowe's well-known Gospel. His chief topics are : The Apor
story, and abundantly justify her against tionment the Minister's Time to his
the charge of exaggeration. various Dities, Pulpit Preparation and Visitation. On the last-mentioned subject The Scripture Doctrine of Future his advice is especially valuable, deserving Punishment. Three Lectures by Alexthe careful attention of all Ministers who ander Thompson, D.D. Manchester : study to show themselves approved unto Tubbs and Brook. God.' We fully endorse his views upon The Penalty; or, The Eternity of
Future Punishment. By the Rer. J. H. Prayer, with illustrations of Christian life Hitchens. London : John Snow and Co.- in its many phases,' and 'other topics.' Two sixpenny tractates which we warmly Serjeant Laverack means well; but the recommend. Mr. Hitchens excels in the thread of allegory is not strong enough to exposition of principles ; Dr. Thompson in carry the weight attached to it, and with the exposition of texts. People who lack most of his extracts most readers are the leisure to digest large volumes will familiar. find the gist of the orthodox argument in these pamphlets. Minate criticism might The Seren Topics of the Christian find an objectionable phrase or two in both Faith: A Manual of Theology, Orthodes authors, rather more in Mr. Hitchens than and Unsectarian. By the Rec. P. Vacin Dr. Thompson ; but on the whole both laren. London : S. W. Partridge and publications are as beneficial as they are Co.- Mr. Maclaren, Professor of Theology opportune.
in the Union College, Adelaide, felt the
want of some handbook that should contain Straight Street; or, The Church and the cardinal doctrines of the Christian the World: A History and an Allegory, creed, and yet be suitable for students of in which will be found numerous Sketches different denominations. This he has not of Men and Manners; of Things Past unsuccessfully tried to construct in the and Present ; of Sects, Societies and In- present volume. It shows how much stitutions, Godly, Godless and Diabolical. the different sections of the Protestant Viewed in their Relation to the Cause of Church are agreed in accepting, and con God and Truth. By Serjeant Larerack. tains nothing that any Christian could London: F. E. Longley.-As the title fairly object to. The unavoidable defect of suggests, this bulky book is a curious such a compilation is that on many impormedley. Upon a slender thread of allegory tant subjects the teaching is meagre. Mr. are strung an enormous quantity of quota. Maclaren is as impartial as possible, and tions, opinions and discussions about 'Scep- displays much ingenuity in seizing on and ticism, Evolution, Ritualism, Popery, Reli- expressing the points common to various gions Equality, the Liquor Traffic, Chris- theological schools. He is master of a tian Experience, Denominations, Forms of clear and pleasant style,
OBITUARY. MR. GEORGE ROBERT WRANGHAM, of many years he adorned the doctrine of Driffield, was born in the year 1819. His God our Saviour in all things, and realized parents were members of the Wesleyan- a true, inward and abiding peace, as he Methodist Society, and by them he was ever testified at Lore-feasts, Band-meetings brought up in the nurture and admonition and Class-meetings. Amiable, intelligent, of the Lord. When at school, in Don- pious; a good son, a loving husband, caster, the ministry of the late Rev. W. cheerfal companion, a trustworthy friend, Harrison was blessed to his conversion ; & wise counsellor, a pillar in the Charcb, s and from that time to the day of his death man of position in the town, he was uni. he was kept by Divine grace in the way of versally beloved, and his death universally holiness. Gifted and devoted to God, he regretted. His last illness was short, and was soon employed as a Local Preacher. his decease sudden. The day before his From the commencement to the close of death he was so far recovered as to sit for his career his sermons were clear and a time in his garden. When the next well-digested expositions of the Word, and morning dawned, God had taken him. were attended with the Divine blessing: But he did not leave us without having sometimes they were delivered with much taken a survey of the past, present and emotion, and wronght the best effects on future. He said, 'I have peace. The the minds and in the lives of his bearers. peace of forgiveness and of holiness was He had an intelligent acquaintance with his; the peace of a strong and unwavering the doctrines and discipline of the Wes- faith, which disarms death of its terrors. leyan body, and was attached to both ; and He knew that he should be found of God evidenced that attachment by setting forth in peace. A perfect man, and upright, his its doctrines, by loyalty to its discipline in end was peace. He entered into rest, times of strife,' and by a cheerful and August 17ch, 1876.
T. D. generons support of its institutions. For
HAZELL, WATSON, AND VINEY, PRINTERS, LONDON AND AYLESBURY,
WESLEYAN-METHODIST MAGAZINE. .
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE REV. WILLIAM NAYLOR :
BY THE REV. JOHN E. COULSON.
(Concluded from page 650.) In 1826 Mr. Naylor removed to the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Circuit, where a blessed revival broke out in one of the colliery villages. Two drunken pitmen quarrelled over their cups, and fought in the street until one of them was nearly killed. The other was sent to prison. The one at the point of death was brought to repentance, became a new man and recovered. The prisoner became alarmed, sought salvation and found it. On the first opportunity after his release he went to a Class-meeting ; and, to his astonishment, found his old antagonist there before him. Their mutual feelings were such that they rushed into each others arms and wept and kissed each other, and all present were melted into tears. The revival began there and then. Many of the worst characters in the village were added to the Church.
The aggressive endeavours to extend Methodism in the interior of Northumberland, locally known as the Wark Mission, was promoted chiefly by Mr. Naylor's instrumentality.
In 1829 Mr. Naylor removed to City Road, London ; in 1832 to Spitalfields. In London he sustained one of the heaviest strokes of his life. His wife had been for many years an able Class Leader and a zealous worker in several departments of usefulness. During the London Conference of 1834 she had exerted herself beyond her strength in carrying out arrangements connected with it, and two or three months afterwards died very suddenly. The Theological Institution was formed during his residence in London, and he was one of its most active and earnest promoters. The Connexional disturbances which arose out of it were a great distress to him, but he skilfully steered his own Circuit safely through the storm. The Rev. Richard Watson and the Rev. John James, who died within a few months of each other, were his personal friends. He preached Mr. James's funeral sermon and published it. On the afternoon in which he attended Mr. James's funeral, he started on a missionary deputation in which Mr. James was to have been his companion. A part of his work was to attend a public meeting in High-Wycombe, at which Benjamin Disraeli, Esq., was one of the speakers.
From London Mr. Naylor removed to Birmingham, to take charge of the Cherry Street Circuit, formed that year. His prudence and administrative ability were of great service in carrying out the complex arrangements necessary at such a time. Here he sought to repair the breach made in his
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