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both are now tolerated and prac. reasoning, combined with felicitous tised. Every one can perceive illustration.

We cannot urge that the broad brim and the drab them to copy the method and coat are rapidly disappearing style entirely. These discourses Whether the Quaker bonnet will have evidently been addressedbe superseded by that which just perhaps read—to a congregation Dow can scarcely be called a bonnet of cultivated persons; and the at all, time will show.

treatment of subjects is adapted

for such hearers. Ordinary Sermon Thoughts: analysing and preaching must not aim at philo. illustrating Bible Texts, in Sketches sophical explanation, but at simple and Brief Discourses. London: presentation of truth. Only a Elliot Stock. 1868. “ These few persons in each congregation Thoughts are the substance of can be affected by subtile allusions, 50 many sermons preached by or by delicate turns of language. the author to his own congrega. To another class of ministers, not tions, on Sabbaths and at week. now a small one in Methodism, night services, during 1867. They who have to preach frequently to are published in the hope that the same congregation, such a they may provoke other thoughts, volume will be of good service. It nobler, devouter, and worthier is original and suggestive. Witheach themes.” This modest pre. out forsaking the old landmarks of face introduces us to a series of theology, it does not deal in comsermon-outlines which are much monplace, nor say in the same way above the common standard. We the things which have always question the utility of most been said.

The author is quite volumes of this description. For sensible of the difficulties, real or those who really require them, alleged, which beset many in our books like Kidder's Homiletics day; and often gives, in few words, would be more suitable. Besides, a powerful reply to current sophistthe habit of borrowing outlines, ries. Those who are looking for or the more substantial parts of lines of argument, and can dissermons, is prejudicial to mental creetly employ gems of illustrafreedom, as well as to reputation. tion, will not be disappointed in Yet we may, and do every day, this book; though we do not wish seize and re-cast other men's any to follow exactly the school of thoughts, and our noblest concep- pulpit eloquence to which it belongs; tions are but the development of and which, whatever may be said ideas which others have given us. for it, is not the simple and earnest In this respect, what have we that preaching which, under God, has we have not received? A book made Methodism what it is. that stimulates the mind to activity, and that places before us a Child-Training. By Theophilus higlier standard of attainment Woolmer. London: Sold at 66, Pater. than our own, is a great boon. noster Row. 1868. Though this is On these grounds we can recom- a small book on a large subject, it mend this series of sketches to contains very excellent advice. two classes : to young ministers, We commend it to the practical who will find in them a large consideration of parents, especially grasp of truth, a full recognition those pages in which the subjuof the leading principles of the gation of a child's will, and the Gospel, mach clear and cogent grave importance of truthfulness


and consistency on the part of be studied than merely read; and parents and teachers, are touched those who are disposed to bestow upon. The smallness of the book upon them the requisite labour will recommend it to many. We will have their reward. As they shall, however, be pleased to re- are solely occupied with the per ceive the “ larger and more com- son and work of the Saviour, we plete volume,” which Mr. Woolmer regard their republication, at the promises. The subject is still open present time, when those great to more extended treatment. subjects are commanding the

special attention of the church, Christ All, and in All ; or, Several as very opportune. We cannot significant Similitudes, by which forbear quoting a passage from the Lord Jesus Christ is described the sermon on “Christ the true in the Holy Scriptures. By Ralph Light.” It might have been Robinson, late Pastor of Mary Wool written for our own day. “Receive noth, London. London : R. D. nothing as light but what comes Dickinson. 1868.-This volume is from Jesus Christ. That that a reprint of sermons which origin. thwarts Jesus Christ is not light, ally appeared in 1656 ; and again but darkness. Men talk of much in a second edition in 1660. The light now-a-days. They call modesty of the author induced smoke light, darkness light. him to commit the publication of Well, the only way to judge of them or otherwise to the judgment true light is to bring it to Christ, of his friends, to wbose wisdom and to bring it to Christ is to we are indebted for their preser- bring it to the Scriptures. There vation. They were delivered by it is that Christ shines, there it Mr. Robinson in the regular course is that truth shines. A written of his ministry; and must have revelation from Scripture is more furnished a rich treat to those sure than an immediate revelation who were able to appreciate his from heaven. So the Apostle tells well-sustained effort. The dis- us. (2 Peter i. 18, 19.) I must try courses constitute a series, the all revelations by Scripture. Now object of which is to eluci- the touchstone is more sure than date “the Scripture metaphors that which is tried by it. There which familiarly reveal Christ;" are some things wbich men cry and which is accomplished by up as lights, which quench Christ

, the author with remarkable com- the true Light.” (P. 140.) Mr. pleteness and success. They are Robinson was evidently "mighty not eloquent orations; nor are in the Scriptures." His sermons they smooth, small essays. They are thoroughly evangelical; but are sermons in the style of the our readers will not be surprised period in which they were delivers when we say, they are also Calvin. ed, -learned, racy, richly exposi- istic, and that the atonement of tory, exhaustive, and abounding Christ is presented under a Cal. in divisions. The preachers of vinian aspect. To the young min. that age were masters in division ister they furnish a treasury of and analysis ; and Mr. Robinson valuable pulpit-material in their was quite equal in that line to his great variety of thought, and in ministerial contemporaries. They their suggestive character. are, therefore, sermons rather to

GLANCE AT PUBLIC OCCURRENCES. THE “Irish Question ” has been facturing pikes, purchasing rethe question of the month. Pity volvers, and attacking Martello that, after a connexion of more than towers, with the object of estabseven centuries between England lishing a Welsh republic ? It and Ireland, and sixty-eight years might be wise to inquire whether after the legislative union of the there is anything in the nature of two countries, there should be the religion professed by the Scotch distinctive Irish grievances, real Presbyterian and Welsh Methodist or alleged, producing discontent, diverse from that of the Irish and even disaffection, perplexing Roman Catholic, that could account the Queen's Government, and for the difference in their temporal giving occasion to all orders of condition and political feelings. politicians to propose all sorts of In such an inquiry it should not questionable remedies, political, be forgotten that while Protestecclesiastical, and social. There is ants acknowledge an undivided Do distinctive Scotch question, or allegiance to the

Queen, their Ro. Welsh question, to occupy and manist fellow-subjects yield a prior distract the public mind. Why allegiance to a foreign prince. It this difference? How comes it to is not yet forgotten that at the pass, that the Caledonian and Ballinasloe banquet, at which the Cambrian Celts are comparatively late Cardinal Wiseman was preprosperous, and thoroughly loyal, sent, while the Pope's “health” whilst the Hibernian Celts are, to was drunk with all honours, the a considerable extent, anything Queen's “health” was significantly but wealthy, and not too well. omitted. The priests may disclaim affected towards the Government ? all intentions of disloyalty, but the The existence of the Established general tendency of their conduct Church is not sufficient to account and teaching is unfriendly to the for this difference. If Ireland be throne and institutions of the wronged by the State endowing country. And yet the influence the Church of the minority, so is of the Romish hierarchy and Scotland and Wales. Ever since priesthood upon the chronic disthe disruption of 1843 the mem- content of masses of the Irish bers of the Scotch National people was not dwelt upon, nor Church have been largely out- even referred to, by the leading numbered by Free-Churchmen, speakers in the great debate in the United Presbyterians, and other House of Commons on the condi. Dissenters; and for many years tion of Ireland. The member for the Episcopalians of the Princi- Cork, and those who supported rality have formed a very small his resolution, blamed the Governproportion of the population in ment, the landlords, the Estabthat land of Nonconformity. If lished Church, and even the penal like causes produce like effects, laws of last century, for the existwhy are

not the Free-Church ing discontent. The Chief Secreministers of Glasgow and Aberdeen tary for Ireland, in showing that agitating for a repeal of the Union the country was not so impoverof 1707? And why are not the ished or disaffected as some of Calvinistic Methodist workmen of his political opponents wished to Merthyr-Tydvil and Cardiff manu. represent, failed to point out the


connexion (which, as an Irish measure to that effect. The nobleman, he cannot be ignorant leaders of the opposition are still of) that exists between the habitual more disposed to endow truth and teaching of the priests and the error indiscriminately, having reprevalence of disaffection, be it gard not to creeds but to capita. called Fenianism or by any other tion. If they cannot accomplish name. The same reticence was this, it is not improbable that their observed by the leading speakers return to office will be signalized on the Opposition side. In this by the introduction of a measure evident fear of offending the for the dis-establishment of the priests there exists an ill omen for Irish Church. This, of course, is future Irish legislation, whichever what the Romish priests ardently party may sit upon the Treasury desire. When Protestantism is benches. The policy of the Govern. repudiated as the religion of the ment, as announced by the Chief State, the way will be open for Secretary, is, in one particular, new demands on the part of unmistakably pro-Papal. The

Popery; for new agitations to en. proposal to grant a charter to the force them; and, if necessary, for Roman Catholic University, to new conspiracies and insurrections endow it, in whole or in part, by to frighten the British public into the State, and then to leave it com- the concession of them. The pletely to itself, without any in. Romanist hierarchy have surterference or supervision by the prised many by their declaration Government, is a concession to against State support for their own the insolent claims of an anti- sect; but those who have studied national ultramontanism that no their whole spirit and policy canRoman Catholic country would not fail to recognise their tradi. grant, except, perhaps, Spain. At tional cleverness and cunning in a time when efforts are being made this piece of strategy. What they in Parliament to develop Oxford want is not to be one of three and Cambridge from denomina. established Churches in Ireland, as tional into national institutions, a Earl Russell has proposed, but to proposal is made to establish and be the exclusive and supreme State endow a university, to be rigidly Church in that part of the United denominational, to be supported or Kingdom. And when English assisted by the general taxation, Protestants have helped them to for the exclusive benefit of the nar- dis-establish the Irish Church, rowest and most un-national sect how can they resist their new in the United Kingdom!

claims ? When they demand that While the Government are dis- as the State supports Episcopali. posed to make concessions to the anism in England, and Presbytenew “Catholic claims ” on the

rianism in Scotland, that it shall subject of education, they are support, by establishing and enevidently prepared to resist the

dowing, Roman Catholicism in demand for the dis-establishment Ireland, how, according to the of the Irish Church. No doubt fashionable theories and reasonthey would be willing to secure ings of the present day, can those its preservation by the endowment demands be refused ? Doubtless of Romanism and the augmenta- there are many English Protesttion of the regium donum to the ants who advocate the dis-estab. Presbyterian ministers, if they lishment of the Irish Church on saw any probability of carrying a the pure principles of voluntary.

ism, holding that every denomina- Act, and the whole system of tion should support its own min- British law in Ireland, as opposed istry, and believing the interests to the old Brehon laws of the of religion are not helped, but country. If the Irish Church be hindered, by alliance with the —what it has been styled in the State. Their conduct is intelli- recent debate"an insult to the gible enough; although it would Roman Catholics," SO also is be more consistent if they fought Methodism, although unendowed the battle upon their own broad by the State. At least it was principles, refusing to join with thought so in Granard by the mob Romanist allies who are seeking who stoned the Rev. W. G. Campthe orerthrow of the Irish Church, bell. It is quite possible that the not because they believe State Irish Church may not suffer ulti. endowments to be wrong in prin. mately, if severed from the State. ciple, but because that Church In the mean time, the loyal and is Protestant; and refusing to intelligent Protestant minority unite with time-serving politicians must think it strange, that, as who are labouring for its abolition, a reward for their persevering not because of its truth or error, loyalty to the throne and insti. but because it is the Church of tations of the United Kingdom, the minority.

and notwithstanding that they Upon the whole, the Protestants have benefitted their native land of Ireland have cause for com by their industry and enterprise, plaint. Their Church has been and adorned it with the genius by called, again and again, not only which it has been distinguished, in English newspapers, but in the they should be threatened, for the imperial Parliament, "an alien gratification of the disloyal and Church,” although it has existed anti-English, with repudiation by in Ireland as long as the Church the State, and deprived of the of England, in its Protestant position which they have occupied form, has existed in England. for more than three hundred If it be an alien institution, so also years. is the crown, the lord-lieutenancy,

March 17th, 1868. trial by jury, the Habeas Corpus


A PETRIFIED FOREST.—The process of an easterly direction, the tourist reaches isottorphism, the formation of what is the “ tombs of the Caliphs.” These seterally termed a petrifaction, and some pulchres are small mosques furnished with fexr other similiar subtile operations of å minaret and cupola, and are designed in nature, have never been completely the purest style of Arabian architecture ; futbomed and satisfactorily accounted for, a style especially delighting in those by either the practical man or the theorist. multitudinous vaga. ies of delineation which There exists in the vicinity of Cairo, have given rise to the term “ arabesque.” Although but little known to European Unfortunately these unique relics of byvisiters, and still less to the Arabs in gone splendour are left altogether to the general, a petrified forest, which presents ravages of time; and it is lamentable to features of great attraction to the geologist predict that in a short time they will sed antiquary. Owing to the intense disappear for ever. After passing them, beat of the sun, the expedition to this a brief interval reveals to notice here and eurious natural feature of the country is there fragments of petrified wood, the best wade at night time. Leaving the advanced guard of the forest, which, city by the gate of Nasr, and travelling in however, is still some distance off. 'Bearing

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