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a very impressive address to those present at the grave.

EDWARD FRANKLIN. (A further account on page 256.)

to Jesus.” She repeated several lines of the hymns; emphatically, "Among the sons of God,” the last line of second verse, 982, Denham. While thinking over the apparently dark providences which had overshadowed her path, Isaiah liv. 7, 8, came very sweetly to my mind on her behalf ; also Psalm xxxvii. 18, and 2 Corinthians v. 1, besides several hymns. Just before she breathed her last, two smiles passed over her face. She died May 10th, and is now for ever with the Lord.



SISTER. MARTHA LOUIsa, the third daughter of Mr. John Garritt, Baptist minister, formerly of Stoke Newington, was born June 19th, 1836. While a child she was remarkably fond of singing that hymn, “Thou dear Redeemer, dying Lamb,” but as she grew older she became careless and indifferent. In May, 1856, we went to Vernon Chapel. Dr. Wills preached from “ Yea, He loved the people.” It was a time of love for her. All her soul was drawn out in love and joy. There was no further need to ask her to attend the house of God ; she was always ready when the doors were open. She used to say, “I often wondered at you all taking so much delight in the house of God and His ways, but I now know what it is to feel interested too." She was baptized by Dr. Wills, but did not join the church, as we were going with cur dear father to Chelmsford, and afterwards went with him to Gravesend. In the beginning of 1863, her lot was cast at Walworth, and went to Eaststreet, and found a home there for some years. In 1878 she was led, in the providence of God, to be with our dear father at Hornsey Rise, during which she came as often as she could to Chadwell-street, and found Mr. Hazelton's sermons s blessed to her that she eventually joined the church. She took great interest in the welfare of our dear pastor, and anxiously inquired after him when he wasill, last February. In the autumn of 1881 she was struck with paralysis of the brain, but was quite sensible till the last week. During her illness I used to repeat as much as I could of the sermons, and read the hymns to ber. The last day she was sensible she was slightly better. I asked her if she would like to get better, or go to Jesus. She said, “ Go


MR. COOPER ELTON. OUR departed brother was called, by the grace of God, out of darkness into His marvellous light, about forty-two years ago. At that time a great stir was made in the quiet little town of Thame, by the circumstance that six or seven young men were brought under solemn conviction of sin, inducing them to seek every opportunity of meeting with God's people for prayer

and spiritual instruction. Mr. Elton was one of these, and, after a time, he and two others of the band were baptized by Mr. Stephen Walker, and received into the Church of Christ at Thame, of which Mr. Walker was then pastorAugust, 1842. Mr. Elton was greatly attached to his pastor and early instructor in spiritual things. He was a most devoted minister of the Gospel, and a warm-hearted, affectionate man of God. In a few years, Mr. Elton was chosen to the office of deacon, and became a. most useful man in the church ; for, humanly speaking, he was the means of keeping the cause of God alive in Thame. He took a great interest in the Sabbath school ; always at his post, ready to do what he could to interest. and help both teachers and scholars. He was also a great friend to the Strict Baptist Mission; always showing all hospitality to the ministers who came, on its behalf, annually to Thame, Sydenham, &c., and rendering them all the help he could.

His departure from time into eternity

was sudden and unexpected. His last It was a very solemn season. The words were, “ Tell the friends that all Lord has called him to His eternal is well.” His body was interred in rest. The church at Thame has thereThame Churchyard, on June 18, Mr. by sustained a great loss. May their R. E. Sears, of London, at the request gracious God bless it to their spiritual of the family, officiating. A large

good, and appear for them mercifully number of persons were present on the under the circumstances, and also bless occasion, for Mr. Elton was greatly the widow and family. respected by his friends and neighbours.

J. H.



2 KINGS vi. 6.

Thus to the aged prophet hear him

cry : “Alas! my master ! it, indeed, is true Alas ! 'twas borrowed! Oh, what shall

I do ?” “ Where fell it ?asked the venerated

sire (The question seemed a gleam of hope

t' inspire)
The place is pointed out. The man of

Like Moses, when he waved his mystic

Cast in a stick. The stick cast in by

him Miraculously made the axe to swim. By faith in God, he Nature's laws o'er


Ahab, who slew the prophets in his

reign, Himself had ignominiously been slain ; And these good men, enjoying rest and

peace, Had multiplied, and now had so in

creased, That frequently one heard another

My tent's too strait-give place that

I may dwell."
Thus to Elisha often they complain,
And seek his friendly counsel, nor in

The little band repair to Jordan's

stream, Each with his axe, intent to fell his

beam. The forests soon with earnest blows

resound, And massive branches strew th’encum

bered ground. Their tools were simple, and their

work was hard, Yet patient labour earned a rich reward.

But now a sad discouragement befel For, lo, an axe-head in the Jordan fell ! 'Twas not his own; the valued tool

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By some kind friend; and hence the

man gave vent To bitter disappointment with a sigh.

Him ;

Look through His wounds to Jesu's

heart ;

'Tis He alone the iron makes to swim. His work progresses; though the world

may sneer, The iron on the surface will appear. His cause goes on, whoever may oppose ; For Christ shall triumph over all His

foes. Our unbelief, O Lord, we own with

shame, And give all glory to Thy glorious

A hidden balm is there, Whose virtues, when by faith applied,

Will kill all grief and care. O hearts that hunger through the

world, All parched and scorched by sin, Who long have wept and toiled in vain

To kill the fire within ; Despair not ! Hark ! 'tis Jesus speaks

6. Would'st thou true freedom win ? Fly from thyself-believe in Me; Thus rise and conquer sin !”




June 5th, 1883.




THE WORLD. O hearts that hunger through the

world, But never taste true joy, Behold the Fount from whence it

springs All pure without alloy ! Lo, from the heart of Christ it flows

All tranquil and serene, And through the heart which stoops to

drink It flows a constant stream. O hearts that hunger through the

world, All broken, pierced, and lone, Whose dreams of peace and earthly

love Are faded, lost, and gone ! Come hither now and taste the bread,

By Jesus freely given,
The Bridegroom of the soul embrace,

And taste the joys of heaven ! 0 hearts that hunger through the

world, But never speak their grief, Whose weary feet have wandered far,

But never found relief !

What art thou doing-where away?
Spirit of one I loved so well.
Loosed from thy tenement of clay,
The wonders of thy journey tell.
Hast thou approached the dazzling

Where uncreated glories hide ?
Hast thou beheld, enchanting sight,
Him who for thee was crucified ?
Hast thou, amidst the ransomed throng,
Blood-washed, a welcome station found,
And joined in rapturous strains the

song, Where raptures run an endless round ?. Open your ranks, ye bright array, And give a kindred spirit room ; In these fond arms he might not stay, For seraph bands would lead him home. And thou, my child, fall humbly down Before thy smiling Saviour's face. Then His dear name with glory crown, And sweetly sing His endless praise.

J. H. H.

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A Hand-book of Revealed Theology. By way, we met with in John Steven's John Stock, LL.D., Huddersfield.

works, years ago-viz., that the one is With a prefatory recommendation by above reason and the other is opposed C. H. Spurgeon. Fourth edition, to reason, we will courteously choose revised. London : Elliot Stock, 62, the word " mystery in relation to Paternoster Row, E.C.

several things that are “beyond” our

reason in the doctor's theology. Having In our previous notice of this work,

proved (1) that the “law given to we referred to the design of the author, Adam” had all the force of a covenant ; and also briefly sketched the plan (2) that its tenour was, do and live, adopted. At the same time we inti

transgress and die ; (3) that the law mated that we could not give the whole knows nothing of mercy, and can only the same unqualified approval as the acquit the innocent, he now tells us portion then enlarged upon.

(page 88) that as soon as the first proWe resume our consideration of the mise of the seed of the woman was book at Part IIL, which treats of Theo- made, a new element of mercy was intrology in its teachings respecting Man. duced; and from that moment all Adam's That man is the creature of God, as posterity have had set before them an opposed to the speculations of Darwin

escape from the penal conand his compeers, is concisely and con- sequences of their first father's fall, so clusively established. That he was that, if they perish, it is by their own voluncreated holy in God's own image, and tary neglect of the appointed plan of salendowed with faculties and powers to vation. Now, according to our author's maintain his integrity, and that he re- own showing this new element of belled wilfully by his own act and deed mercy could not be introduced into the is likewise demonstrated. The repre- law or covenant of works; while he sentative character of Adam, and the proves, later on, that the plan of salvainfluence of this fact upon his posterity, tion never included the whole of Adam's next claims attention; and this, Dr. posterity. Here, then, we are a little Stock handles in the old orthodox mystified. Nor are we helped by the fashion, and we are pleased to observe statement that all Adam's posterity have that he maintains that “no one is lost, “had set before them an open door," de facto, for Adam's sin, but for his which seems to us to be simply contrary personal ratification of that sin in his to palpable fact, the heathen world, both own life. Those members of the human in the Old Testament age and now, race who die before they are capable of being witness. such a ratification are not lost, but saved Coming to the important subject of by our glorious Redeemer. It is, there- the responsibility of man, Dr. Stock fore, a libel upon the Divine government says that “human responsibility is the to say that any man will be condemned

logical corollary of both law and gospel.” at the bar of final judgment for a sin in This is true of the Gospel so far as that which he had no share." But, as we it cannot be questioned that man's guilt

, proceed further with this subject, we for which he is responsible was the soon reach the points where we begin occasion of the Saviour's suffering, which to differ from our author. Adopting is the great topic of the Gospel ; but the Dr. Stock’s distinction between a mys- responsibility of the Gospel, is the tery and an absurdity-which, by the Saviour's responsibility to discharge the


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suretyship engagements He had entered of many men, amounts to a practical into. But our author undoubtedly error, because it is used to ignore the means that man is responsible for the sovereign and gracious agency of the acceptance or rejection of salvation ; we Holy Spirit in the conversion of a sinner's therefore direct our attention to his disposition of heart.” Now this is exarguments in support. First, he observes, actĪy what we think, and hence we can“it is man's duty to do whatever God not see how it can be a man's duty to do requires him to do, however indisposed or to be what it is acknowledged that he may be to do it. The fact that he has God only could do for him and make depraved his nature and corrupted his him, unless he had been originally ways does not release him from his endowed with this power—that his moral obligations." This is true, but duties as a fallen sinner exceed the the salvation of the soul does not consist capacity of his original creation. Here, in the fulfilment by man of “moral then, we meet with another“mystery. obligations.” To be saved cannot be an But Dr. Stock goes further. He says obligation, moral or otherwise ; it must (page 78) that "responsibility is in all be to receive a benefit procured and cases rigidly regulated by privileges communicated by another. And if it and opportunities. God requires of us be said that we have gone too far in not according to what we have not, but speaking of the result instead of the according to what we have.” Of course necessary steps, such as faith and re- he applies this premiss to the privilege pentance, we reply that if it is the duty of hearing and learning the Scriptures of man to have the grace which is in- and the Gospel. But if the proposition dispensable to salvation, that is equal to is a sound one, it is equally applicable saying it is his duty to be saved; which, to the former question ; and since Dr. again, is equal to saying that it is his Stock abundantly proves, later on,

that duty to be elected, and his duty to be the privileges of the covenant of grace redeemed, and his duty to beregenerated. are restricted to those chosen to an Again, in regard to salvation matters, it interest therein, we think it not unfair is a question of incapability rather than to maintain that responsibility to indisposition. As soon as a man is believe in Christ, accept Christ, or come capable he is disposed, nay, hungry and to Christ (which ever way the doctor thirsty, to come to Christ and find sal- prefers to put it) cannot be cast upon vation by Him. Apart from this, man

those who are not included in the very is in the condition described by the first of New Covenant privilegesApostle John, chap. xii. 39, “ Therefore election. they could not believe because that The last chapter of this part is Esaias said again, 'He hath blinded devoted to a consideration of the Imtheir eyes and hardened their heart that mortality of Man. The author acthey should not see with their eyes nor knowledges that this doctrine is not understand with their heart and be con- demonstrable by mere reason, but must verted, and I should heal them.' But be proved from the Scriptures alone we need not go farther than Dr. Stock —that God alone is immortal by himself. He says (page 97), “For no nature, and creatures are only so by man ever did or ever will choose to come reason of His will and appointment. to Christ until God worketh in him both Assuming that the immortality of the : : to will and to do of His own good plea- righteous will not be doubted, Dr.

It is an efficacious working which Stock proceeds to argue the question of is here spoken of. God not only brings that of the wicked, carrying with it, as about the will but creates the will. We it must do, the solemn pendant of owe both the will to do good and the everlasting punishment. This subject power to His indwelling Spirit. The is discussed as becomes its solemnity ; popular doctrine, then, that any man but Dr. Stock speaks with no uncercan come to Christ when he chooses is tainty or indecision, demolishing the only a partial truth, and, in the mouths annihilation theory and putting in:

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