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nearly all of them may be found described more or less precisely in such a work as Bingham's Antiquities.' The chapters, The Parish Chosen; A Time of Persecution; Last Days of the Founder, are especially good. Of Wesley's Preachers he records: 'Many of these self-taught men became very fair scholars; and the whole of them, as a class, are believed to have been, on an average, fully equal to the candidates who then presented themselves for orders in the Church.' He gives a just portraiture, drawn from the life, of 'a few venerable men who, in their early youth, had been selected and commissioned by Wesley himself,...survivors of the old army of eighteenth-century Methodism,' with whom he had himself enjoyed the privilege of talking.' He only names one, Richard Reece; but it is safe to add two more, with whom we ourselves have also conversed, at the same period, Joseph Sutcliffe and John Kershaw. Mr. Urlin is a competent witness to the quality of their preaching, as well as of their more private communications; and he pays, indeed, a generous tribute to Wesleyan-Methodist "preaching' in general (p. 146).
Yet our author makes some startling and ill-considered statements: e.g., "Wesley rarely spoke of either the foreign or the Scotch Reformers with much respect.' Of the foreign' Reformers the statement should have been directly reversed. True, he was strongly repelled by some elements in Luther's nature, and he dreaded the antinomian trending of some parts of his writings. But he glorifies God both in Luther's character and work; and he records that it was whilst reading one of Luther's expositions that he himself experienced the critical moment of his religious life. Of Calvin personally he never speaks but with the most marked 'respect.' To the other Continental Reformers he hardly ever has occasion to refer. The spirit of the Scotch Reformers, indeed, was so contrary to his own that he does once severely animadvert upon it, characteristically observing: 'A calm, even spirit goes through rough work far better han a furious one.'
Mr. Urlin also betrays imperfect information when he affirms that Wesley had an invincible dislike to Dissenting chapels.' On the contrary, he gladly preached in them when he might. Our author attributes Wesley's fear of death on his home-voyage from America to an ssumed low state of health'; forgetting hat Wesley was several times afterwards n a very low state without experiencing ny such dread.
In describing Wesley's part in the 'dis
cussions on the great American question' as 'true to his character as a Tory and High Churchman,' Mr. Urlin omits to note the important counter-facts alluded to in our present number (pp. 934, 935).
The chapter on Methodism in America is that which must leave on the mind of any but a High Churchman the most unfavourable impression; namely, that no amount of spiritual success can condone a disregard of the assumed prerogatives of the Episcopate. Our author is also very severe upon Wesley for acting on the conviction that some of the Psalms are not suitable for the use of Christian congregations; and his usual fairness forsakes him when he represents Dr. Rigg as attempting to make out, in his Churchmanship of John Wesley, etc., that John Wesley's' scheme of life was to originate and point the way to a great secession.'
We note some inaccuracies in the history
The Higher Criticism and the Bible. A Manual for Students. By W. B. Boyce, Wesleyan Minister. London: Published for the Author at the Wesleyan Conference Office.-We have here the rich results of many years of wide, close and welldirected reading. Every one who knows much of Mr. Boyce knows him as an indefatigable and enthusiastic reader and a keen, but just and generous critic. This book shows that his reading has been abreast of the times for more than half a century, and that his thinking has kept ahead of his reading. It is wonderful that a man of such arduous service in both hemispheres, as a laborious Missionary and an untiring administrator of missionary affairs, who has been in journeyings oft,' should have found time and brainpower for such a course of earnest, fruitful study. This venerable student has conferred a real boon on younger students by the preparation and publication of this Manual. The work is as candid, moderrate, judicious and kind-hearted as it is, on occasion, trenchant and outspoken. This appears, for example, in his estimate of Hume. He carries this good-naturedness to the extreme, if not to excess, in his startling eulogy of Tom Moore'; though he is quite right in saying that Moore is generally better known as a poet than as a man of good sense and sound principle.' Mr. Boyce might have said, even by those who are most familiar with his writings. That he was a man of very broad opinions, unattached to any particular Church,' every one will also admit. It might, indeed, have been added -or to any particular school of morals.
This is in every way a healthy book, exhaling from almost every page a genuine Wesleyan catholicity. But strong sense is its leading characteristic. Mr. Boyce's estimate of German metaphysics is most equitable. On this account we the more wonder that he should have thought it worth while to give Blakey's weak observations. But Mr. Boyce does much more than collect and criticize the thoughts of others, he gives us some noble thoughts of his own. He has made a capital investment of the well-earned leisure of his declining years.
Homely Talks. By Mark Guy Pearse. London: Wesleyan Conference Office.Mr. Pearse's books need no mendation. They are sure of a hearty welcome in every Methodist home. The present volume, though in a different style, is well worthy of a place beside Daniel Quorm, Mister Horn, etc. It should be one of the most popular giftbooks of the season. No one can read it without being the better and the brighter for its wise, tender, heart-searching, yet withal heart-cheering truths.
It is beautifully got up,' and very cheap at half-a-crown. We hope some of our wealthier friends will take care that it finds its way into the homes of many
who cannot afford to purchase it f themselves.
The Beloved Prince: A Memoir e H.R.H. the Prince Consort. By Willia Nichols. London: Wesleyan Conferenc Office.-Sir Theodore Martin's Lafe the Prince Consort is so large and exper sive that comparatively few persons c afford to purchase it. A short and popul Memoir like the present, which tells briedy the story of the singularly beautiful and noble life of Prince Albert, was greaty needed. Mr. Nichols has done his work thoroughly well, and the book is both interesting and instructive. It is handsomely bound, and contains many highclass engravings. It will make a capital Christmas present for intelligent young people.
MRS. BARKLA, of Knowle, Bristol, was taken away in her thirty-sixth year, March 11th, 1878. She was born and brought up at Widnes, Lancashire, where she was carefully trained from her childhood in virtue and godliness by parents who were devoted members of the Wesleyan-Methodist Society; but she did not experience the saving power of Divine grace till she was fifteen years of age. She sought for some time the clear sense of her adoption into God's family, and at length it was full and satisfactory. She became a devoted follower of Christ. She met in her father's (Mr. Glover's) Class, and became a zealous Sunday-school teacher and tract-distributer, venturing into some places from which, as a young person, she might have shrunk.
The expression of her piety was somewhat cautious; but the whole of her religious life was worthy of a true Christian: pure, upright and holy; beautifully frank and friendly; full of generosity, kindness and tender sympathy toward all around her, specially the poor and suffering.
The Wesleyan-Methodist Kalendar, Tu Methodist and General Desk Diary, and The Wesleyan-Methodist Pocket - Bo for 1881. London: Wesleyan Conferenc Office.-Full descriptions of these useful and popular annuals will be found on the wrapper of this Magazine; but we would direct special attention to the Minister' edition of the Pocket-Book, which is this year enlarged and improved. Both the Pociet Books contain a beautiful steel engraving of our new College at Birmingham.
She became the mother of a larg family, which demanded her attention and taxed her energies to the utmost; and he domestic responsibilities weighed heavily on her bodily and mental strength, and depressed her nervous system. By this her faith was often greatly tried, and her spiritual vision became beclouded; but her nearest observers never doubted her steady and faithful devotedness to Him Whom she supremely loved. Towards the close of her life she rose above the clouds of doubt her vision became clear and her confi. dence strong. When fast sinking through exhaustion, she was unable to converse much; yet, when asked by her husband, 'Are you on the Rock?' she nodded 'Yes.' And when reminded by her faithful and affectionate Class Leader, who was inces sant in her attention to her, of the precious words, The Lord is my Shepherd,' she responded, 'I shall not want.' The words, I am with you alway,' being repeated, she echoed Alway.' Near the close she recited the verse, Believe in Him that died for thee, etc.'
A bishop in Natal, 418
Baird Lecture for 1879, the, and 'The
Bedford, Rev. John, 219-reference to, 715
BIOGRAPHY. See also OBITUARIES.
British Association, meeting of the, at
Bundy, James, the Prisoner's Friend, 755
Cardinal Newman's address at the Re-
CHATAUQUA LECTURES AND LECTUR-
cation,' and Professor Pepper on 'Com-
China, religion in, 674-The famine in
Chrysostom, St., 590
Country Circuits, fifty years in, 241
Daunt, Achilles, late Dean of Cork, 116,
DIVINITY. See also Baird; Cunning-
A primitive collection (1 Corinthians
xvi. 1-4), 410
Christ and the enquiry-room (John
Christ the Redeemer: a study for Good
'God's building' (1 Corinthians iii.
Liddon's 'Sermons Preached before the
Lucas's 'The Alcohol Question,' 878
Maclaren's 'Life of David as Reflected
and its Doings,' 77-'The Siege of
Rivers's John Truman's Rise in Life,'
Rowe's Passages from the Diary of an