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Bitterly did our old friend mourn over this, and sharper words of remonstrance I never knew him to use than on this subject. But his own Home Mission spirit was never damped thereby, nor did the practical proof of this relax while strength lasted.

But of all this, and of other features of his character and traits of mind and ministry, illustrations may perhaps be best gathered from extracts from his correspondence, which, according to the judgment of our Editor, and space at disposal, may be given hereafter, and will, I think, be found profitable.

ỉ may just add that Mr. Jones having expressed a desire that no memorial stone should mark the place of his interment, it has been deemed a fitting mode of expressing esteem by putting his beloved chapel at Broseley in good repair. Ipswich.

S. K. BLAND.

Poetry.

SONGS OF CHRISTIAN LIFE.-"BE LOYAL.”
If a man love me, he will keep My words."-JESUS.

Be loyal ;
Do not forget thou speakest for a King ;
Let all thy words His regal teachings bring;
Thy faith, to love and serve Him as she ought,
Must let His meaning live in every thought.

Be loyal ;
Christ's words are not the embroidery of speech,
Pride's passing vapours struggling fame to reach ;
The sparkling bubbles of life's fevered dream,
The toys of childhood on life's flowing stream.

Be loyal ;
Thy Master's words are not the current coin
Of men whom taste and fashion proudly join ;
The flippant babblings of the aimless schools,
The birth of falsehood and the sport of fools.

Be loyal ;
For Christ's own words are argosies of wealth ;
Each freighted with love's balm of joy and health ;
Through all thy teachings let this balm distil,
And sin's own fever in the Spirit kill.

Be loyal ;
And dost thou hesitate Christ's words to bring ?
What! Art thou stronger, wiser than the King ?
The seed thou hast, by thee on trust is held ;
Oh haste ! and scatter broadcast o'er life's field.

Be loyal ;
Be rev’rent; look at yon thorn-clad brow;
That awful face; and learn to bow thee low :
How vast the ocean of each Kingly thought !
O, gaze and learn ; be humble and be taught :

Be loyal ;
Thy King can make an infant's heart His friend,
And with a word a giant's will can bend ;
With one small ray of light build up His throne;
In Reason's temple crowned ; supreme-alone.

Be loyal ;
For dost thou know that Kingly tears oft fell
Upon those words which feed truth's springing well ;
That Kingly sorrow furrowed Christ's own face,
To give thy teaching its true force and grace ?

Be loyal ;
And yet be cheered; thou workest 'neath His eye,
Who ever lives ; whose words can never die ;
Whose Kingly life can pierce the hardest sod,
And make it fruitful with the life of God.

W. POOLE BALFERN.

Brighton.

En Memoriam.

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MR. JOHN TOWNSEND. AMONG the names read at the Salem meeting as having deceased during the past year, occurs that of John Townsend. (See Gospel Herald for last month.) According to the old Church Register he joined Salem by “Dismis. sion,” November 22nd ; 1828, and his wife, Mary Ann Townsend, by“Confession,” which

includes baptism, on June 7th, 1829. The same Register records that both, with fifty-five others, were dismissed to the church at Keppel Street Chapel, January 7th, 1852. The exodus arose from the circumstance of the majority of the church at Salem declining to entertain a proposition for a further call to the pulpit of an individual who had supplied it several Lord's-days, but whom they considered it undesirable again to engage. He preached several times, by the wish of the seceding friends, at Keppel Street Chapel ; but his subsequent going over to the Established Church showed that the opinion formed of him by the inajority at Salem was pretty correct. The voting, on the occasion referred to, was 74 Noes, 51 Ayes.

Our Brother John Townsend, it appears, was born and spent his early days at Reading. His father was a godly man, his mother a gracious woman; both, by grace Divine, adorned the doctrine they professed, and were in the habit of having family prayer

the unusual number of three times aday. They were members with the late John Howard Hinton, who, at that time, held a pastorate at Reading. Young John was the subject of serious impressions from a very early age. When about seven years old, the reading of Isa. xl., by a friend to his sick mother, so impressed his mind that he never wholly forgot it, although in subsequent boyhood and youth he led a careless life. About the age of manhood he heard a sermon from the late Mr. James Sherman, then of Reading, from the words : “ What tuink ye of Christ,” which was greatly blest to him. He shortly after joined the Strict Baptist Church at Salem Chapel, Reading, being baptized by Mr. Cox, the pastor, on August 8th, 1824. Coming to London the following year, he found another Salem in Meard's Court, where he attended, and became a member; also his wife, as aforesaid. Here his soul was fed and nourished on heavenly bread, under the ministry of dear Mr. John Stevens, whom he greatly loved ; and here he gained the esteem of his fellow-members by his regular attendance on the means of grace and his warm-hearted, honest way of expressing himself on all occasions. He was very decided in his views of truth, both as to doctrine and church order. For many years he was a member of our Foreign Mission Committee, where his

he was constantly speaking of the goodness of his covenant God to those who visited him. His last words of conscious utterance were

plain, blunt hearty remarks were always listened to with interest. After travelling the heavenly road some sixty years in the fear of God and with the respect of his fellow-travellers, the Lord who had taught and upheld him by His grace, called him home to glory, July 18th, 1883, aged eighty years two months nineteen days. During his last illness of four months, no doubt or cloud was permitted to distress him ;

• Other refuge have I none,

Hangs my helpless soul on Thee." His pastor, Mr. Styles, improved his death from the words in Rev. vii. 15.

R. H.

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ONLY A LITTLE THING. ONE splendid afternoon a carriage issued from the gateway of an official residence in our realm. Its solitary occupant, excepting the coachman, was a gentleman who had earned the respect and esteem of his fellow-men. He feared nothing, because he was no man's enemy. Little thought he, as he reclined at ease on his carriage cushions, that men

were watching him who thirsted for his blood. In blissful ignorance, he rode onward, whilst, all the time, signals were made heralding his approach. The line of signalmen 'had been perfectly arranged ; and, at a given point, the carriage was to be stopped and the gentleman assassinated. The deep-dyed villains, however, had not bargained for the interposition of the Unseen. One man in the line, attracted for a moment by something, failed to see his comrade wave the white handkerchief. The carriage passed him without being noticed ; the signalling was broken.

FORSTER, the great and good Secretary of Ireland, was saved. Some people will say, “ It was only a little thing, a mere trifle; the man did not wave the handkerchief, that was all.” Just so; and yet how much is wrapped up in it, The man did not chance to look away at that particular moment. impelled to do so by the mysterious force of the Unseen. A Divine Hand

broke the signalling, and made a way of escape for Forster. Let my young friends never dream of trifles after this. There is no such thing as a single trifle in God's vast universe. God has a million agencies, unperceived by us, which combine to influence the currents of human life. He makes a seemingly trivial circumstance the pivot upon which life's destiny turns.

How often do young people exclaim, “Oh, it is only a little thing !” No opinion is more subtle and dangerous than the opinion, so prevalent amongst the young, that we can afford to despise little things.

Whenever you tempted, dear reader, to excuse your laziness or your sin by the above exclamation, remember that a little thing is the object of God's attention We too often think of God as one occupied with such great matters that He has no time to concern Himself with little things. This is a poor idea of Divine Providence, and is born of the infidelity which dwells in every depraved heart. It is God's glory to deal with little things. He loses sight of none of His creatures. A very holy and learned minister, * who lived many years ago, and who has left behind him many valuable writings, says, in one of his discourses, “God is the great caterer for all creatures. He that feeds the ravens will not starve

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His doves. He that satisfies the ravening wolf will not famish His gentle lambs and harmless sheep.” Another distinguished, learned, and devout servant of Christ,* who lived in more modern times, when preaching upon a certain occasion, exclaimed, " Tell me, then, if, in any one field of this province which man has access to, you witness a single indication of God sparing Himself-of God reduced to languor by the weight of His other employments-of God sinking under the burden of that vast superintendence which lies upon Him

-of God being exhausted, as one of ourselves would be, by any number of concerns, however great, by any variety of them, however manifold ; and do you not perceive, in that mighty profusion of wisdom and of goodness which is scattered everywhere around us, that the thoughts of this unsearchable Being are not as our thoughts, nor His ways

qur ways ?God fashions the *sparrow's wing, and fixes His compassionate eye upon the tiny bird when it falls to the ground, frozen to death. He clothes the lily with greater beauty than Solomon's. He counts all the hairs of our head. By His Almighty power He draws the water from the ocean, and forms it into vapour ; whilst His wisdom guides the clouds, thus formed, to the spots where they are most needed. His hand opens gradually the clouds, that the little raindrops may descend. He feeds the grass with dew, which He distils from the noxious vapours of the earth. He keeps alive the myriads of insects, whose little world is a tiny leaf, by breathing into them constantly the breath of life. Since, then, to use the language of earth, God takes such great pains about little things, we should never despise them.

Little things are often very big in their consequences. No one can tell what my young readers may become. God grant that, however great you may be, real, genuine goodness may stamp your characters. By reading, we find that

the great scientific discoveries and blessings commenced with apparent trifles. One day a Dutchman took it into his head to cut some letters of the alphabet out of the bark of a tree, and then, by means of ink, he transferred an impression of them to paper. We should look upon that, to-day, as mere child's play ; but in that little thing there rested the discovery and invention of printing. In the time of the apostle Paul, and for many years afterwards, navigation was a very limited affair. In our day vessels make voyages of thousands of miles, and the captain knows which way to take, though there are no hand-posts, as we have in our country-roads, to direct him to his destination. How does he know he is steering right ? By his compass and his chart. Now the compass has a needle, which always will persist in pointing towards the north. How was this peculiarity found out? One day some curious persons were amusing themselves by making a loadstone, suspended to a piece of cork, swim in water. When not interfered with by them, they found that the loadstone always pointed to the north. This set them thinking, and gave birth to the science of navigation. An eccentric individual, named Galvani, applied a frog to certain metals, and found that the application produced a twitching in the frog's legs. Who would have thought that any important result would have come from such a little matter? Yet, in that twitching of the frog's legs, lay the germ of galvanism and telegraphy. As little things have been the beginnings of great discoveries, so apparent trifles are often the prolific sources of disquietude, Some of the greatest quarrels in the world, in churches, in homes, have been over little things. Beware, dear young friends, of magnifying the faults of others, and making much ado about nothing. Little things, again, may be great means of usefulness. You must not wait for some grand work to be brought to your band before you become useful. You can give a cup of cold water to a thirsty traveller, or carry a

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sweet-smelling flower to a sick com- of his shipmates. His speech, however, panion ; and Jesus, looking down from was not forgotten. That captain was His glorious throne, will not deem it a James Haldane, and God used the boy's little thing.

words to turn the wicked captain from By little things God perfects His the error of his ways. He became a gracious designs Some people think it minister of Jesus Christ in Edinburgh, was a very little thing for Eve to eat the and the Lord made him instrumental forbidden fruit, and for Adam to follow to the conversion of his brother Robert. her example. As an act of disobedi- Robert Haldane settled in Geneva, and ence, it was a great evil. No single sin became the means of the conversion of can be a trifle. God did not esteem J. H. Merle D'Aubigné, who is the that act a little thing. In its far- great historian of the Reformation. reaching consequences it has affected What great matters the Lord hid in the “ all people who on earth do dwell,” speech of the Highland boy that day! and it even influences other worlds. “My father, if the prophet had bid Satan, in tempting our first parents, thee do some great thing, wouldest designed the filling of hell with thou not have done it?" So spake the fallen men, not thinking that any servants of Naaman, as they prostrated who were born should escape him. themselves before him, seeking to stay God, however, designed otherwise. his rage, and turn him from his foolish He had determined that His Son purpose. The words are very signifishould redeem a multitude that no cant in our day. In the Gospel marman could number. He, therefore, ket the wine and milk of salvation are overruled Adam's disobedience, and sold without money and without price. brought glory to Himself out of the Oh, it is not a little thing that sinners evil, though He is too holy to connive can be pardoned freely! If you try all at sin. Hating the evil with a perfect your life long, you can never bring hatred, as that which had marred His anything to satisfy Divine Justice. handiwork, He yet made it the occasion May God the Holy Ghost make you of the glorious display of His attributes feel yourselves to be sinners. May He and the most magnificent revelation of draw you to the Cross; and when you His love. Surely, then, both in its have seen Jesus bleeding for you, you disastrous effects and in the glorious will never count sin to be a trifle any opportunity it became, the eating of

P. REYNOLDS. the forbidden fruit was no trifle. All Islington, London. whom God has chosen and redeemed, He calls unto Himself. At different times, and in various ways, does the ANSWERTOSCRIPTURE ENIGMA Lord call His people. He often uses

IN OCTOBER. very insignificant means to this great

No. 2. end. On board a certain British manof-war vessel, many years ago, there

Peep, Uriah, Bethesla, Ladder, was a pious Highland boy. One day

IrI, Cyrus, ApE, NOE, Silas. the captain swore a terrible oath, and Initials, Publicans ; finals, Pharisees. wished all the hands on board were in Correct replies have been received hell. The Highland boy heird it, and, from Hephzibah Denmee, Hoxne ; E. approaching the captain respectfully, Kindred, Cransford ; Mary Heather, with cap in hand, he said : “ Captain, Guildford ; and E. H. Roberts. No I believe God hears prayer; and, if He reply has been received for No. 1 in had heard your prayer now, what would October ; we wait for our young friends' have become of us ?Then he bowed, answer to that before giving another and retired, amidst the mocking laughterenigma.

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