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a week had not elapsed before we had to lay & dear brother in his last restingplace. He was the first-fruit of our little church gathered to the garner above, Brother Edwin Meville, aged twenty-six years. "His end was peace." Psalm xxxvii. 37, was the subject selected by me for his funeral sermon. The beginning, continuation, and end of a Christian life, were the subjects on which I dwelt. He lived an exemplary life, and, “He being dead, yet speaketh.”.

The first time I met and spoke to him was in 1871. He was very much opposed to me in the beginning. He went so far as to say that I was a false teacher, who opposed the teachings of other churches. Yet I loved him, and tried to become his friend, for I knew that his opposition was through ignorance of the Scriptures. One day I took him home to my house, read to him, and prayed with him; the Lord in mercy was pleased to open his eyes to see the danger he was in as a lost sinner, and he embraced Christ through faith as his Saviour. He was baptized, and added to the church in the following year. From that time to the last, I can safely say he was my fellow-labourer. He had to undergo persecution ; for his relatives and friends ridiculed him, and they tried in every way to annoy him, but he bore it all with Christian fortitude.

Having been laid up from January last, I have often visited him, and found him cheerful in his affliction. On the 21st of last month, at 8 p.m., I had a special message from him as I was returning from a meeting. I and some other brother members went to his house and found him fast sinking.

The house was full of visitors. I then asked him what was his prospect. He said, “I am safe. I am reclined on the breast of my Jesus." He requested me to sing the hymn, “O for a thousand tongues, to sing my great Redeemer's praise !"

After this, thanks were offered to the Lord for having granted our brother grace to become an heir of salvation. After the prayer, though with difficulty, he spoke to those around of the blessed. ness of serving Christ. He warmly exhorted all to seek the one thing needful. He bade farewell to his wife and his sister, and then requested me not to perform any burial-service over his grave. He then inclined his head on his knees for a few minutes. His sister asked him what he was doing. He lifted up his

his head, and said, “I am going to Jesus," and breathed his last.

“ Thanks be to God who giveth us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

HOME MATTERS. As our aocounts are made up about the middle of October,friends will greatly oblige by sending in their contributions to Mr. Briscoe, 17, Arlington-square, Islington, N., Financial Secretary, not later than the 8th of that month. Not many of our churches as yet make annual collections for their own mission. Those who have done so in previous years will, it is hoped, repeat their liberality this year. Our kind friends at Tring have already done this, and forwarded a larger amount than on former occasions. Keppel-street, the mother of the mission, never fails in this respect. Mount Zion, Hill-street, Dorset-square, has done well in this direction, and the churches at Thame and Sydenham for many years past have sent us their annual gatherings. And now that the churches in London and Suffolk are beginning to fraternise in matters “ concerning giving and receiving," we may, with all reasonable confidence, expect that this grace will increase, and that many other churches in both places will follow the example set by some of their number, and make it a matter of love to Christ to give an annual collection to the Strict Baptist Mission. Our friends in London and suburbs will please bear in mind the circular addressed to them last month on the cover of this magazine, and make arrangements to have the “missionary” lecture delivered in their chapels or school-rooms during the course of the ensuing autumn and winter. Great pains have been taken by our friend Mr. Styles in making the necessary preparations, in respect of slides, &c., in order to render the lecture instructive and attractive. The results arising from these lectures will, it is hoped, prove of great benefit in extending the knowledge of our opera. tions, and awakening increased interest therein amongst our friends.

Great pleasure is felt in stating that to the list of Sabbath-schools connected with our mission has now to be added that at Wedmore-street, Holloway, under the superintendency of our friend Mr. Philip Jones ; pastor, Mr. Boulton.

The attention of our friends is earnestly requested to the notice on the cover rolating to the Annual Meeting to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2nd.

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SUFFOLK AND NORFOLK HOME

MISSION. On Tuesday, July 27th, a meeting was held in Keppel-street Chapel, Russellsquare, in the interests of this Mission. An excellent tea was provided by the liberality of two kind friends, to which a considerable number of free invitations were given. The public meeting was presided over by W. Kennard, Esq., of Croydon, who gave an appropriate address upon the subject of evangelical work in our own country, its need and its claims, leaving other speakers more fully acquainted therewith to treat of this society and its efforts in the eastern counties.

To this Mr. R. E. Sears, of Foot's Cray, spoke at large, and much to the point, having spent nearly eighteen happy years at Laxfield, and having throughout that time been engaged in preaching the word in the villages surrounding, as many as ten stations having at one time been so occupied, and many gracious results realized.

Mr. C. Masterson, of Alie-street, fol. lowed with similar evidence, having been also engaged for several years at Hoxne, near Eye, in the same work.

Mr. S. K. Bland, of Ipswich, one of the secretaries (who attended in the place of Mr. C. Hill, of Stoke-Ash, prevented by ill-health), then gave a statement of the principles upon which the society had been formed nearly fifty years since, in the faith and practice of which it was still continued, glancing at some of the large and abiding blessings resulting from the gospel preached in outlying districts, and in cottage homes, in past years, as well as several of the more recent tokens of the same divine power owning the same truth. Of the claim, also, which those who thus

serve in the self-denying-often toilsome -but always blessed work, have upon those“ who tarry at home;" of the reflex influence for good on the churches and their pastors promoting this service, as well as the civilizing and socially purifyinç and elevating effects thereof on the villages and village homes, all which were proved by many undeniable facts, some of which of a very interesting character, were given. Several of the churches in Suffolk and Norfolk were originated as preaching stations, and have been for years aided by the society until able to

walk alone,” their pastors engaging in the same work, and thus the “body fitly joined together, and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body."

In many districts, in summer seasons, open-air preaching was still much resorted to, and had been blessed to many.

The meeting was also addressed, in earnest and profitable words, by H. Cooper, Esq., and the brethren, G. W. Shepherd, Reynolds, of Islington, and the pastor, W. J. Styles. The services were opened in prayer by Br. Martin Wilkin, and closed by Br. J. H. Dearsly.

Br. Bland expressed the cordial thanks of the committee and workers of the mission to the friends at Keppel-street for the meeting they had invited, and for the contributions that evening (which amounted to £8), and trusted it would be an example other London churches would follow.

Br. Masterson was the first to follow this by saying he should lay it before his friends, who, he doubted not, would be quite willing to have a meeting at Aliestreet.

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something about “Jingo," whoever he may be. (Well, this I thought was far better than taking God's name in vain, as 80 many sailors do.) I could not, however, help thinking he was a foolish passengor.

We proceeded on our journey; when, almost at the first station we stopped at a young man and his“ intended " presented ihemselves at the carriage-door. There was room for one only, in the place vacated by the sailor. But after a little good. humoured joking on the part of one of our fellow excursionists, we sat as closely as we could, and made room for both, rather than leave them behind. As it afterwards transpired, it would have been well for them if they had been left behind ; for our train was a special one, and stopped at but very few stations; and after they had travelled a long distance, they too discovered that they were in the wrong train, and proved even more foolish than the first foolish passenger, for they had to return a long distance in order to start afresh.

Again we proceeded on our journey, leaving many of our fellow-passengers at the various principal stations, until we were getting near our journey's end ; when, at another station, a group of lads entered our carriage, who did not take long to prove that they also were foolish. “Boys will be boys,” we know; but boys often have to learn hard lessons, as was the case with one of these lads, and that before long. Almost as soon as they entered the carriage they began playing with their tickets, tossing them up, as if they had never seen a railway ticket before. While I watched them, I excused them in my own mind. It was holiday time. They were glad they were out. It was innooent play, although I expected they would lose them if there happened to be a crack between the boards of the flooring. In a moment, however, before the train had left the station, one of them had tossed his ticket out of window ! They got out to look for it, but found it was on the line, close by the wheels of the carriage, and the train was just about to start. “ What shall we do!” said one of them to a railway servant. “Why, get in!" said he, in a sharp tone, giving effect to his words by pushing them in, just as the train was moving. “What shall we do ?”

gain exclaimed the lad on taking his seat. "Pay over again,” said I; “it will be a bit of experience for you."

And may we not profit by the experience of these foolish passengers, in another journey which we are all taking! I mean the journey of life. In setting out, let us well consider whither we are going. Are we just awakened to the fact that we are in the wrong train ? let us, like the young sailor, get out at once, and start afresh.

Or are we like the young lady and gen. tleman, who found they had long been travelling in the wrong direction. Do not let us heedlessly pursue the same course; but stop at the first opportunity, and ask to be set right. Do any ask what we mean by these similitudes ? Need we remind such that there is but one way to heaven-even Jesus Christ, who said, I am the way.” If you are trusting to any one or anything else, you are but deceiving your own souls ; for “there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved."

If, however, you are in the right way, even then you!may by your own folly lose the evidence of it just as the foolish lad lost his ticket, oras Bunyan's pilgrim lost his “ roll." See, then, that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise ; and try and learn a lesson from each of the three foolish passengers.

J. B.

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A TRUE STORY OF THE

HUGUENOTS. Many were the plans of the persecuted Huguenots for escaping out of their “ house of bondage

as it was called. They were forced to disguise themselves in various ways, so as not to show they were going on a journey, or they would instantly have been seized and cruelly tortured.

One Huguenot couple, who had resolved to flee, were sadly puzzled how to carry this out. They could disguise themselves ; but what was to be done with their baby? If they were seen passing through the gates of the town in which they lived, with a child, they would at once be seized. After many thoughts, their plan was to wrap the infant as a formless bundle, to one end of which they attached a string. They then took advantage of a very deep gutter, like that which runs in the middle of so many old streets in French towns. When night came, the gates of the place were, as usual, closed fast. Now was the

time. The living bundle was duly placed in the gutter, near to one of the gates, with many a prayer that the sleeping draught would not be too strong, and yet so strong as to keep the child asleep. The parents knocked at the gate, as though they wished to pass into the country. The guard came out of his little house, and well surveyed them. He knew they were Huguenots; but where, thought he, is their child ? Will a Huguenot mother leave her child to be brought up a Papist ? Not she. So then the guard concluded they were not about to flee. He turned the heavy lock; they passed out: and now again, securing the gates, he slowly turned into his guard-room.

“Hush ! Quick ! quick! Catch the end of the string under the gate. There ! it is caught. Now gently draw it along in the shadow." Blessed be the name of God! the baby is through. It has not cried; the sleeping draught has done its work, and it is once more safe in its mother's arms. That couple, in a few days, with their babe, were safely in England—a country that has ever been the refuge for the persecuted and the friendless.-Historical Tales.

A PRAYER.
Thy Word, O Lord, is truth and light,

Thy Word is life and power;
In every age it shows Thy love,

And guides us every hour.
O graft that Word within our hearts,

Teach us its power to know;
May its pure light be our sure guide,

Whilst pilgrims here below.
Teach us to love its heavenly truths,

From man's traditions free;
Teach us to walk in its safe paths,

Loving and serving Thee.
Teach us to know whom it reveals -

Thine own Eternal Son;
Author and Finisher of our faith-

Jesus, the Holy One.
Jesus, the mighty One to save

All who in Him confide,
And seek His blood-bought pardoning love,

Knowing for whom He died.
Oh, send Thy Spirit from above,

To teach us day by day,
To keep us steadfast in Thy truth,
Lest from that truth we stray."

Faith and Works.

Dotices of Books.

ing under the inconvenience of two books, loaded with unsingable compositions would greatly profit by exchanging them for this one book of well-selected hymns, which include all their old favourites and many more that delight the souls of spiritual worshippers to sing.

Stevens' Hymns, edited by J. S. ANDERSON.

W. Matthews, 16, Florence-road, New
Cross, London, S.E.

Contains 970 hymns ; small type edition, from 10s. 6d. per dozen; large type, from 248. per dozen, according to the several bindings which in each case are three in kind. This excellent hymn-book has now been in use over 70 years, and in its present enlarged and improved form, may be safely pronounced as being, for various reasons, the best hymnal in use amongst the churches of our faith and order. Amongst its hymns are some very good ones by the present editor, and some others of recent date by various writers pertaining to our own denomination, which do not appear in other books. The roll of churches that use this selection is of late greatly increased in number, the excellence of the work as a book of praise being its recommendation, and the very low price at which it is supplied rendering it easy of adoption. Congregations suffer.

Evidence on the Closing of Public Houses

on Sunday. London : Elliot Stock. Price 3d., or 28. 6d. per dozen.

Most interesting to all who wish to see our streets free from drunkenness and rioting on the Lord's-day, by removing the chief temptation to excessive drinking on that day. Sunday closing, it seems, has been successfully carried out in Ireland, why should it not be so in England ? Circular Letter of the Suffolk and Norfolk

Association of Baptist Churches for 1880. The subject of the Letter itself is Electing Love," occupying a little over

10 pages. To this are appended-Statis. tics of the Churches, Minutes of Business, The Jubilee of the Association, Abstract of Letters from the Churches, and Jubilee Services, as separate items of intelligence, forming altogether an interesting synopsis of matters relating to the associated churches for the time being.

The “ Letter," drawn up by the good and aged brother, Joseph Brand, of Bun. gay, relates to a subject, as to which the Bible is full and clear. 6. The doctrine of election," says Dr. Gill, “ is written as with a sunbeam on the pages of inspiration.” And when the eyes of the under. standing are enlightened to perceive its beauty, and the heart humbled to receive it as a gracious truth, then is God's heavenly register of love and grace felt to be a solid ground for the saint's rejoicing. Many congregations of professed Christians, however, never hear of this doctrine from the pulpit, never sing of it in the sanctuary or anywhere else. It is well, therefore, that such a subject has been selected for the annual address of an association of churches that still holds fast to the doctrines of free and distinguishing grace, as they are revealed to us in our Father's Book. The doctrine of election is here treated on in a plain and convincing manner, showing that it is an eternal, personal, unconditional, gracious and irreversible act of our God. Also, the kind intentions of our heavenly Father in this act of His sovereign will are here set forth, viz.—" The salvation, sanctification and service of the chosen ones." The argument is plentifully, sustained by references to scripture, and illustrated by poetical quotations from Watts, Doddridge, Hart, Kessell, &c. It may be observed, however, that our aged friend hardly rises to the height of what is called “supralapsarian grace,” in his delineation of " Electing Love,” which is well ex. pressed by Burnham thus

“ Christ and His members ever stood,

A glorious mystic Man,
Loved with the highest love of God,

Before the world began." The highest love of God' is the love with which Christ Himself is loved ; our Lord, in His memorable prayer recorded in John xvii., declares that the church is loved with that love,-" Thou hast loved them as Thou hast loved Me."

That being so, it follows that the church was chosen with Christ, not only in Him, but with Him, which involves the idea of her

being chosen as in a state of unfallen purity-and not as fallen or impure, in which latter sense she would not be considered as chosen with Christ. The words Church, Members, Bride, Spouse, Sister, all being used in the Bible to express the oneness of the chosen people of God with Christ, seems to forbid the idea that they were chosen as fallen creatures, and probably this is our esteemed brother's own opinion, although he has not stated it here.

In the part of the pamphlet headed, “The Jubilee of the Association," which is by the venerable senior Secretary, Mr, John Cooper, touching reference is made to his own “nearly fifty years' connection with the Wattisham Church and with the Associate-body.” Some words of kindly remembrance and affectionate exhortation are also given, which, falling from lips, the utterances of which have so long been listened to with respectful regard and spiritual edification, will no doubt be received with all duo attention, and acted upon with filial diligence, by those to whom they are more especially addressed. Seventy-sixth Report of the British and

Foreign Bible Society. Sold at the Bible Society House, 146, Queen Victoria Street, London, and all Booksellers in the United Kingdom. Price ls. to Nonsubscribers. 1880.

This Report is drawn up with great skill and care, and the amount of work it records as having been accomplished is truly marvellous. It appears that the translation, printing or distribution of the whole or part of the Bible has been promoted by this Society, directly in 183 languages or dialects ; indirectly in 53 ditto ; total 238. The total issues during the year ha been 2,780,362, making, from the commencement of the Society's operations a grand total of 88,168,419 copies of the whole or portions of the Word of God. A list is given of 60 Foreign Societies, formerly or at present assisted by this Society, whose united“

“ issues amount to 49,725,104. The expenditure of the British and Foreign Bible Society during the year ending March 31st, 1880, was £193,539 128. 78. The total expenditure, from its commencement to the date just given, amounts to £8,800,505 168., being an average of about 18. 7d. for each issue.

Some of the “versions" are for very distant and, to most of us, unknown tribes

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