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to tliese ; and an example of the It will always be a memorable spot ancient saying, “ The man is terrible
I went thither when but who minds one thing.” If it be asked, twelve years of age; I joined the Where are his monuments ?-the church there when eighteen ; and, answer is, In the London Orphan when twenty-four, I became its Asylum,-the Infant Orphan Asy- pastor. I laboured there, as probalum, Wanstead,—the Asylum for tioner and pastor, exactly twenty Fatherless Children, Reedbam,—the years. There all the members of Asylum for Idiots, Earlswood,—the my father's family became members Royal IIospital for Incurables, Put- of iny own church; and there I reney. Nothing can add to the im- ceived about eight hundred persons pressiveness of this simple statement. into church-fe:lowship. May the Nothing can surpass the title, The glory of the latter house exceed that Friend of the Orphan, and of the of the former!” (P. 152.) Ilclpicss.
The [American] camp-meetings On page 162 there is an error, having been made unfavourably which shows the danger—to which notorious by Mrs. Trollope's cariwe are all liable-of confining a cature, Mr. Reed was resolved to writer's view within his own denomi see one for himself.
He was deeply national bounds. It is there asserted interested, and took an active part that “ the churches of the Independ- in the proceedings, which he characent denomination had the honour of terizes as “the most remarkable rebeing the first Christian community ligious service I ever attended. I to send emissaries of love to the left the place as a place where God churches of the United States.” Not had been, and the people as a people
Ten years before that date, whom God had blessed.” (P. 172.) Messrs. Reece and Hannah had been “ Last Saturday,” he writes on delegated on a like errand hy the October 16th, 1838, "was to me a Methodist Conference.
memorable day. In the morning I But many a reader will thank us, was preparing for my first lecture, if, in place of comment and criti with something of a heavy heart. cism, we take from the volume a ......... While reading, my eye was few sentences, which all may warmly struck with that passage, 'No man commend. They shall be culled, in saith, What have I done ?' 'A the main, from the chapters relating good text,' I said to myself, ‘for my to the inner life and the pastoral people on some future occasion ;' usefulness of Dr. Reed.
and I noted it down.
No sooner “ I have been able,” he writes, on was this done, than conscience added, the 18th of May, 1814, “ to attend 'A good text for my people! Alas! the Missionary Meetings of the past it is ever thus-ever losing personal week. I shall not forget, while interest in my official duties.' I was memory is mine, the meeting at touched. I closed my books. I Surrey Chapel, on Thursday even rose, and walked my study. "What ing. Old and young, wise and have I done?' I said many times. illiterate, tender and callous, all were A sense of my exceeding sinfulness, melted. I held up my band on the ingratitude, and unprofitableness,—a Thursday, and took the
sense of the forbearance, pity, and Friday, (at what was called the goodness of God,—were present to Missionary Communion,) in pledge me. My heart was softened, and I of my everlasting adherence to the wept. I was surprised. A state of Missionary cause.” (Pp. 51, 52.) perception and feeling which had
“I had many regrets in quitting not been mine for months and years the old place [New-road chapel]. had come over me. I began to hope
that the salvation I had almost friend would be interruption ; and, despaired of was coming. I seemed happily, I suffered none all that on the verge of a better state of life morning. My studies were interand action. I trembled lest anything rupted; but it was a blessed intershould prerent. I bolted the door, ruption. My mind remained tearand cast myself at the mercy-seat, ful, though not sorrowful, through Esclaiming, 'I cannot go on without that day, the following night, and God; I must surmount every ob- the Sabbath. stacle, I must wrestle for the bless “On the Sabbath night, while ing!' I thought I wept-I offered awake, admiring thoughts of God, broken prayer. I placed myself in low and penitent thoughts of myself, the hands of God. I submitted to and breathing desires after the Spirit His righteousness, felt I was the of God, as the Spirit of power, love, very chief of sinners, and confessed and a sound mind,' possessed me. that the most extreme state of Jealousy of myself disinclined me punishment was my desert.
from any particular resolution ; but " I looked to His mercy–His in- my feeling was one of hope that God finite and covenanted mercy, and might make this the beginning of entreated Him, in mercy, to look days' to me. I was ready to say to down on me. The solemn awe pro- everything earthly, ‘Touch me not dueel by the Divine presence and -I am God's.'” (Pages 301-303.) holiness gave me a yet deeper sense of my vileness ; and my heart sank Having attained (November, 1841) within me almost to despair. I the fifty-seventh year of his age, and see it-I feel it !' I exclaimed; “I the thirty-third of his pastorate, he could not be the hateful thing, in Thy indulges in an elaborate and careful sight, that sin has made me. I wonld retrospect.* Dot-I would not! If it be possible, “ Began another year,” he writes, parify me-save me-bless me!' “in sickness and weakness. It is a
“ My doubt and fear were met hy period of review. the suggestion of that passage, Is “ I. The first sentiment is thankanything too hard for the Lord ?' fulness : “No-no!' I was forced to say ;
“1. That I live, while so many ' nothing is too hard for the Lord. have fallen around me. If Thou wilt, Thou canst make me “ 2. That so much of life is left whole. My salvation seemed within at fifty-seven. the limit of Omnipotence, and “ 3. That I was blessed with pious Dothing more.
parents and education. “I rose, and restrained myself, “4. That I was early the subject lest I should be physically untit for of religious conversion. the duties of the Sabbath ; but I “5. That my tastes have been could not pursue my studies. I awakened, chiefly by religion, for trembled to do anything which the beautiful, the good, and the might divert my mind, when God great, in nature, life, and redemption. seemed so near. I walked my room. “6. That all the members of my I rrad the Scriptures, to feed thought father's family, and of my own, are and prayer; particularly Jer. xxxii., united either to the church in heaven Isai. vi., and Psalm xl. I omitted or to the church on earth. my usual walk that morning; I “7. That I have been permitted sought only to walk with God. I to utter the Gospel, and to sustain felt as if the approach of my dearest the pastoral relation.
* This autobiographical paper is here abridged.
“8. That I have been mostly pre- a second conversion to raise them to served at work, so that I have not eminent piety. been absent from the Lord's table, or “7. Religion is lower, I think, from a church-meeting, except when around me, and in the churches of in America.
the metropolis, than it was five years “9. That I have never had one ago. When all is cold about us, we angry word with any of my charge, must take care not to catch cold.” from the lowest to the highest. (Pages 365-368.)
“10. That we have never had a church-meeting without admissions ; “February 16, 1846.—Why have and that God has been pleased so I been so sorely tried ? Did I enmercifully to visit His people, that courage the pride of my heart, by I suppose about two thousand five referring more distinctly than ever hundred have been admitted by my before to any good I had been perhand into fellowship. Of these, mitted to do? I was, indeed, somethree hundred perhaps were by cer what surprised; yet, I trust, not tificate from other churches.
elated......0 Thou most holy One! “11. That my people have not remember Thy mercy, and look on quarrelled with that style of minis me in my weakness, errors, and tears. try which I greatly connect with Enter not into judgment with Thy this work of grace......If I had la- servant. Whoever pleads at Thy bar, boured to preach great sermons, I had I am dumb. I will not ask for less doubtless had my reward; but a trouble; only, my Saviour, let it very different one it would have been. be light towards heaven.”
“12. That so much of my life “Our services,” he continues at a has been made happy to me, espe- somewhat later date, “ have been cially by my early engagement in solemn and refreshing. Fruit is the interests of benevolence, and in coming. We proposed thirty at the the utterance of the Gospel.
last church-meeting. Our admis“ 13. That I have been permitted sions last year were a full average. to do something, by labour and by I checked the list, and take the authorship, for the good of the number of members at present to be church universal.
one thousand one hundred. I find
four-fifths were at the Lord's table. “II. The measure of mercy is the Two admissions last year were remeasure of obligation.
markable; one a child of ten years,
a grandchild of Dr. Philip. I think “III. What, then, remains for she must have been pious at the age my remnant of life? Dedication, if of seven. She had been kept back such a being may speak of it. Yes, from fellowship, because of her dedication ; and, though I should youth. When she came into our fail a thousand times, a thousand neighbourhood, her first inquiry was, times it must be repeated...... • Papa, are there any churches here “Let me remember,
which receive little children?' I “1. I have done almost nothing. was glad to think that ours did, joy“2. My time is short.
fully. This is the youngest I have “3. There is much to be done in admitted. I do not write this apomy church and neighbourhood. logetically; far from it. The other
“4. Some five hundred yet to be admission was that of a person whose converted.
conversion was owing to a dream. “5. My active people need to be He was accustomed to go nowhere renewed.
to worship, and had never been to a “6. Many of the pious young need Dissenting chapel. He dreamt that
he came to ours. Everything rested days of English theology, when on his memory, and he resolved to divines conceived great plans, brooded see if he could realize the images on over them long, matured them with his mind. He sought the chapel, painful care, and gave to the church, and knew it instantly. He entered. as the result, treatises deserving to *The very place!' he said. He live. The author has evidently emraised his eyes to the pulpit. "The ployed some years of comparative very man!' he said.
He was retirement in pondering his grand amazed, heard everything as if from theme,-the entire Christology of God, and became a new creature by both Testaments of Revelation, as the faith of Christ. Many such interpreted by the fundamental printhings are with Him.”—“ Lord, ciple of the mediatorial supremacy revive Thy work!' I have been of the Redeemer in the history of trying to prepare a tract on this mankind. A higher theme theology motto, but time fails me. I must has not to offer to the ambition or do one thing. One thing I wait for, the loyalty of the Christian student. and am jealous of everything else. It is one that challenges the whole When shall it come? There is the mind and the whole heart. Mr. sound as of abundance of rain; but Steward has pursued his task in the where is the rain? There is the spirit of a devoted subject and revepromise of the Spirit; but where is rent worshipper of that Lord Christ the Spirit? Christ is passing by; whose sovereignty is the basis of all bat He maketh as if Ile would go the relations of redeemed man to farther.' My heart trembles with God. fear and hope, and my desires con The idea of making the Lordship sume me. •0, when wilt Thou come of Christ the key to unlock the unto me?'”
Scriptures of both Covenants is, of Shortly after these yearning pray course, not new to Christian theoers, he says :-“Above a hundred logy. This author's treatment of it and seventy persons have seen me, is, nevertheless, peculiar to himself, under concern for their salvation; -as a glance at the introductory and many are delightful cases.
pages will show.
It is, indeed, Last Friday, thirty-three were pro- strikingly original; and, in some posed for fellowship. There is just parts, must pay the penalty of oribow a pause; and the question is, ginality by encountering doubt or whether the standard is to advance objection. In reading the successive or to retrograde. That pause seems chapters with some care, we have to call for prayer. We must take thought several arguments and illushold of the arm of God. He will trations unduly pressed; obscure not fursake us, if we cleave to Him. allusions, here and there, made to O may my people have a heart yield a deeper meaning than even to test His faithfulness and His New Testament light discovers in power!” (Pages 370, 371.)
them. We have also been conscious
of a feeling that the atoning death of Mediatorial Sovereignty, the Mys- Christ, as the crisis of IIis victory, tery of Christ, and the Revelation of and the source of His new dominion, the Old and New Testaments. By is not brought out into all its supreme George Steward. Two Vols. T. and significance, or is not set in sufficient T. Clark.—We give a hearty wel- relief. Not that the author misses, come to this work, the latest and even by a hair's breadth, the great worthiest production of Mr. Stew- evangelical truth: were that the ard's pen. His elaborate volumes case, his book would be a gigantic remind us of the former and better failure. He is perfectly faithful to
the Cross, and he sees the blood of and hymns, and prophecies, and atonement sprinkled on every insti- teachings of Scripture; and for its tution of Scripture. But, on the incidental but pervading exhibition whole, we cannot help thinking that of the internal evidences of the Book in this treatise, rierrel as a theologi- of revealed truth. Moreover, the cal exposition, the bearings of the reader will have the pleasure which death of the Redeemer on all the following a vigorous thinker always processes of His government should affords,-a pleasure for the sake of have occupied a larger space. Have which a large mind will pardon ing said this, we are bound to add, many minor defects. Some of these though at the risk of some reperition, will require the tolerance which Mr. that on all points of Gospel teaching Steward's readers have always been Mr. Steward is thoroughly sound. required to exercise. Here and there, lie preaches the truth as it is in theory will be found pressed too far; Jesus. While dwelling largely (to occasionally, the plıraseology will be use his own somewhat archaic thought too ornate, or too cumphraseology) on the “race-aspects” brous; not seldom, a hazy indistinctof the Mediatorial Sovereignty, he ness will disguise the meaning ; and gives due prominence to the indi- sometimes, as in the essays on “ the vidual relations of every man to the Pleroma," and the gorgeous concludLord of all. He never softens down ing chapters venerally, the mystery the sternness of evangelical truth; of the Trinity will be thought to never makes its gentleness tootender. have exercised an undue fascination In short, wherever his speculations on the writer. But the steadfast lead him, (and we have sometimes strength of this work is such as to to watch him as he “sounds his make all these faults venial. That perilous way,”') he never parts com inan must have a torpid mind, and a pany with the orthodox.
cold heart, who can read these pages This treatise we advise the rearier without having his loyalty to his to study,—not so much for its Master confirmed, and his love for the Christological criticism or learning; good old theology, increased. not so much for its original views of old truth ; not simply for its doc The excellent treatise by the Rev. trinal teaching : but for the sake of Peter M.Owan, entitled, “Practical that lofty, sustained, and dignified Considerations on the Christian Sabdivinity with which it rebukes the bath,” and published at the Conferflippancy of the present time, so ence Office, has reached a fifth edimuch given to an unsettling and tion. It is full, yet concise ; and destructive treatment of the gravest quite as seasonable now as when questions. We recommend it, also, tirst published. The touching“Mefor its reverent submission to the morials of Children of Wesleyan word of God; for the vigour with Ministers,” most suitable for the which it traces the one glorious juvenile library, also re-appear, in a truth through all the institutions, fourth edition.
Muk.-Milk has been 80 often experiments conducted on quite a new analyzed, that it would seem no further principle. The question he proposed to facts could be elicited regarding this himself was, whether milk obtained at any iniportant liquid Professor Boedecker, hour of the day always presented the same however, has just completed a series of chymical composition or not; and he has