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that looks like charity. You will think I putting me to shame by her generosity. am throwing stones; if I do, every one of The only name that properly represents her them hits myself first. I know all about the is Mrs. Greatheart. She is poor, always little mean deceptions we practise upon ailing, has bad legs, and bad head-aches, ourselves when our hearts are very small. and seldom knows the pleasure of living in
"To a very poor woman in London I feel a comfortable body. Her husband is deaf, that I owe an everlasting debt of gratitude and suffers acutely from a cruel disease, but for lessons of cheerful contentment she un- his spirit appears to dwell continually in consciously taught me many years ago. I the atmosphere of praise. “Praise the Lord' was a young married woman then, and had are the words most frequently upon his lips, come to live in London, in the very heart of and not upon his lips only, for he truly does the great city. I was taking my first lessons praise Him in his life. Whilst contending in fog, dirt, noise, and distraction. Till then with all these difficulties, she preserves the I had lived in the country, and loved it with most delicate cleanliness in her person, and the ardent love of childhood and youth. I in her crazy dwelling, where every article of was a most rebellious scholar; I loathed and metal shines with a polish that vies with hated the place, and I was nearly a stranger the little bit of looking-glass on the wall. in it; I thought it would be impossible for Neither her daily labour nor her infirmities me to bring up my little girl amongst black prevent her often sitting up at night with houses and dirty streets, with never a flower an old sick deaf neighbour, for whom she for her little hand to gather, nor a bird's washes gratuitously, and spares from her own song for her to hear; I used to sit and look little comforts to add to hers, and all this over the roofs of the opposite houses, at the without compensation, talk, or display, all floating clouds, and the bit of blue sky, and springing from the fountain of her largecry like a child. Great London was to me hearted charity. She has had many troubles, like a huge cage with iron bars--so did I and in the school of suffering she has learned torment myself, and was almost wickedly the secret of sympathy. As for myself, I discontented with my lot.
should always be found on the debtor's side “In this state of mind I became ac- of the book, if she kept an account. Her quainted with a very poor woman, who first fruit is sure to come to me; basins and lived with her family in one room, in a baskets full are smuggled in by contrivance, small court in Shoreditch. On my first and I have to manage a kind of payment with visit I found her washing; she had been as much delicacy as if she were a duchess, lest confined only four days, and could not afford I should wound her feelings. I can never to pay any one to do it for her, and she said repay her adequately, because I cannot she could not bear to be dirty. She had make the sacrifices for her that she makes several children, and her husband, who for me; she gives out of her poverty, I give worked on the wharfs, had not regular out of my comparative abundance, but we employment. I never met with a person are friends, and that is the payment in full more richly endowed with Christian cheer- to her.” fulness and contentment. She was ever And so the letter runs on, full of grateful for the smallest thing, and would loving descriptions of the poor, yet always say, 'a thousand thanks to God
betraying a wisdom in winning and reand you ma'am.' She never begged, taining their affection, which would she never complained, yet as I left her
make many hearts happy if they but house I used to feel that she had nothing to be grateful for. I often returned from hers
knew how to secure it. To all such to my own comfortable home utterly ashamed enquirers Mrs. Sewell's book will be an of myself, and determined to number my
invaluable and practical guide. mercies. When my worst fits of misery came upon me, I used to pay her a visit to
Christian Home Life. A Book of Extake a fresh lesson of content, if not of thanks amples and Principles. London: The Refulness. Good woman! She died in the
ligious Tract Society. 1864.
12mo. pp. first visitation of the cholera to this country,
216...This very useful work is, we believe, leaving her little motherless family to feel
the production of an esteemed minister of her irreparable loss. I had a pleasure in
our own body. In a series of chapters the helping them for her sake, and have a plea
author has described the influence which sure in the thought that I may one day
the Bible ought to have on our home life; meet her again, not in that Shoreditch court,
how piety is to be cherished in the family; but in the courts above, to thank her for the
the close connection between home piety good works she did to me.
and home happiness; and how the cha"I have a neighbour now, who is always
racter of children may be formed. The
topics of family worship, the Lord's Day Man and Apes. A Lecture. By WM at home, and social intercourse, are discussed Boyd Musher, M.B. &c. London: Elliot with great judgment. The style is calm, Stock. 1864. 8vo. pp 43.—This lecture elegant, very thoughtful and earnest; the is an excellent reply to the lecture of Dr. graver portions being fitly illustrated by ex- Hunt recently reviewed in these pages. It amples, and references to the family life of is Mr. Mushet's opinion that there is no men eminent for their holiness and worth. trait in the negro's nature that is peculiar to We can warmly recommend this tasteful vo- him alone, and which may not be found in lume to our readers, and especially to such other varieties of man. as are just entering on the duties and felicities of domestic life.
MINISTERIAL CHANGES. The Rev. W. T. Henderson, of Banbury, has accepted the invitation of the church at Devonshire-street Chapel, London.— The Rev. Fitzherbert Bugby, late of Preston, has accepted the unanimous invitation of the New Union Church, Stretford, Manchester.—Mr. J. Jackson, of the Rev. C. H. Spurgeon's College, has accepted the unanimous invitation of the church at Sevenoaks, Kent.— The Rev. Francis Wills intends retiring from the ministerial duties of Kingsgate Chapel, Holborn, as soon as arrangements are made by the Church to elect his successor.—The Rev. Richard Bayly, late of Newark, has accepted the unanimous invitation of the church at Scarborough.--Thc Rev. J. Sella Martin has been obliged, on account of ill health, to resign the pastorate of the church at Bromleyby-Bow. He is about to return to America in the hope of being able to labour for the elevation of coloured free men.—Mr. Joseph Joy, of the Metropolitan Tabernacle College, has accepted an invitation to become the pastor of the church at Hatfield, Herts.
-there is a noble school and lecture hall, vestries, class-rooms, and every other convenience for public worship and the instruction of children. The fineness of the day brought crowds of people to the service from nearly all parts of East Keat. A large number of ministers came to manifest their sympathy with the Rev. C. Kirtland and his friends. The collections at the opening services amounted to £162 13s. 10d.
UPTON-ON-SEVERN.—The Baptist Chapel and school-room having been closed for seven months, for enlargement, were opened on March 17th, when two sermons were preached by the Rev. Charles Vince, of Birmingham. The pastor, the Rev. John Parker, and the Rev. Stephen Dunn, of Atch Lench, took part in the services. The congregations were very good, and the collections amounted to £25. We are pleased to be able to add that nearly every sitting in the chapel has been engaged.
CORTON, Wilts, March 25th. - The chapel was re-opened after repairs and alterations. A sermon was preached by the Rev. J. Penny, of Clifton, and a public meeting was held at which addresses were given by the Rev. J. V. Toone, the pastor, Rev. W. C. Jones, and Messrs. Hardwick Llewellyn, and Stent, of Warminster. The whole cost of the repairs, except £13, has been defrayed.
Diss, NORFOLK.—The twenty-sixth anni. versary of the settlement of the Rev. J. P. Lewis took place on March 25th. A public meeting was held in the new chapel (now happily free from debt), when the interest of a large audience was sustained by addresses from the Revs. F. Basden, J. T. Wigner, J. Warren, G. Gould, and others.
Eythorne, Kent.--On Good Friday
ANNIVERSARY AND OPENING
SERVICES. CANTERBURY.—The new chapel was opened for public worship on Thursday, March 17th. The preachers on the occasion were the Hon. and Rev. B. W. Noel, M.A., and the Rev. J. A. Spurgeon. The building was erected by Mr. H. Wilson, of Canterbury, from plans, &c., furnished by Messrs. Searle, Son, and Yelf, of Bloomsbury-place, and has won the admiration of all who have seen it. In addition to the chapel-which is nearly sixty feet by forty
the annual services in connection with Weston-SUPER-MARE.— The Rev. E. J. the ancient Baptist church in this place Rodway, a handsome tea service and a were held. In the afternoon, the Rev. C. purse of sovereigns. Stovel, of London, preached, and in the Elgin, N.B., March 2nd. The Rev. J. evening delivered an interesting and elo- Macfarlane, a mahogany book-case from quent lecture on “Roger Holland, and the members of his Bible Class. last of our Smithfield Martyrs.”
BLENHEIM CHAPEL, LEEDS.-On Good Friday, services in connection with the ORDINATION AND RECOGNITION opening of Blenheim Chapel, Leeds, were
SERVICES. held, and attracted numerous gatherings of Highgate, April 7.-Services were held friends from the neighbourhood. The new at Southwood-lane Chapel, in connection buildings consist of, a chapel capable of with the settlement of the Rev. John H. accommodating 600 persons, a school-room Barnard, of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in the rear 53st. by 30ft., a lecture room, College. In the morning, the Rev. C. H. and various other apartments. The site is Spurgeon preached. At the evening sera commanding one, occupying a prominent vice, the Rev. J. Corbin, of Hornsey, angle at the corner of Blackman-lane, in Thomas Bousfield, Esq., the Revs. George Woodhouse-lane. It is contemplated event- Rogers, Josiah Viney, S. Manning, s. S. ually to bring it forward about fifteen feet;
Hatch (the former pastor of the church), the extension of the chapel will increase Mr. Gracey, and the Rev. William Brock, the accommodation to upwards of 900 jun., took part in the services. persons. The Rev. H. S. Brown, of Liver- CHELTENHAM.-A public service on the pool, preached to a crowded audience. settlement of the Rev. J. E. Cracknell as The collection at the conclusion of the pastor of the Church at Cambray, was service amounted to over £50. In the held on April 11. The Rev. Thomas afternoon, the pastor, the Rev. Dr. Haynes took the chair, and addresses were Brewer, gave a short address, and called
delivered by the Revs. Messrs. McPherson, upon Mr. Arton Binns, the chairman of
of the Scotch Church, Dr. Brown, E. B. the building committee, to submit a state
Smith (Wesleyan), W. G. Lewis, J. Sarment of its proceedings. The total cost of gent, and the new pastor, the land, buildings, and furniture is little Bow.-Services in connection with the over £5,000, towards which about £4,500, settlement of the Rev. J. H. Blake, as is already paid or promised, leaving a ba
pastor of the Church meeting here, were lance of about £500, to be raised at the
held on Thursday, March 31. The Revs. opening services and at a bazaar. Speeches W. A. Blake, of Shouldham-street, C. were afterwards made by Mr. Holroyd, Wollacott, J. A. Spurgeon, W. Stott, G. Mr. Paull (architect), Mr. Thomas, Dr. W. Fishbourne and other ministers took Crofts, and Mr. Brown. In the evening part in the service. The Rev. W. P. Balthe Rev. J. Makepeace, and the Rev. W. fern presided. Best, B.A., delivered addresses suitable to the occasion. Houghton Regis, BEDs.—The new chapel
MISCELLANEOUS. was opened on April 7. The Revs. W.
GOODSHAW, LANCASHIRE.-The foundRobinson, of Cambridge, C. Bailbache, and
ation-stone of a new chapel was laid on J. H. Hinton, M. A., preached. The Revs.
Good Friday by H. Kelsall, Esq., of RochD. Gould, H. Leonard, M.A., and T.
dale, to whom a silver trowel was presented. Hands, took part in the services. Dinner
The Rev. J. Jefferson, of Southport, the and tea were provided in the school-room, Rev. B. Evans, D.D., of Scarborough, L. to the latter of which a large number sat
Whitaker, jun., Esq., of Haslingden, Revs, down. The sum of £45. was collected.
C. Williams, Accrington, R. Evans and J.
Stroyan, Burnley, P. Prout and N. J. PRESENTATIONS.
Stuart, Haslingden, took part in the serAscott, Oxon, March 15th.- The Rev. vices. The chapel is to accommodate 750 W. R. Irvine, an elegant writing desk and persons, and will have side and end galBible. Mrs. Irvine a tea and coffee service. series. The cost, exclusive of land, heating,
BANBURY, March 25th.-The Rev. W. architect's commission, &c., will be about T. Henderson a handsome time-piece; £2,200. Considerable interest was felt in Mrs. Henderson, a tea and coffee service; the services, and at the close it was an. on the occasion of their removing to De. nounced that about £160 had been added vonshire-square Chapel after fourteen years' to the building-fund by the day's proceedresidence and ministry in Banbury.
BAPTIST MAGAZINE FUND FOR THE BE- J. II. Hopkins, Esq., of Birmingham, The NEFIT OF THE Widows or Baptist Minis- Revs. W. H. Cornish, pastor, W. Jackson, TERS. The following are the initials of the S. B. Brown, B.A., and other gentlemen deWidows who have participated in the dis- livered addresses suitable to the occasion. tribution of 1864
ENENDATIONS OF THE AUTHORIZED VERΑ. Α. Somerset.
SION OF THE BIBLE.---As many of our minE. A.
Monmouthshire. isterial and learned brethren are known to C. B. Norfolk.
possess numerous manuscript emendations E. B. Middlesex.
of the Authorized Version, we have much E. C. Durham.
pleasure in stating to them the fact which A. D.
Carmarthenshire. has just come to our knowledge, that an E. D. Essex.
amended edition of the Authorized Version, M. E. Anglesea.
the labour of many years, is now preparing C.F.
Hertfordshire. for the press. The author has expressed to C. F. Berks.
us his conviction that its efficiency would be E. G. Wilts.
materially increased, by the emendations J. G. Hunts.
collected by our brethren, which he is preΑ. Η. Norfolk
pared carefully to consider before sending Α. Η.
Cardiganshire. his first sheet to the press. It is a peculiB. A. Devon.
arity of the forthcoming revision that it A. H. Somerset.
gives the authority for each emendation, N. H. Yorkshire.
and this important accompaniment would J.J.
Warwickshire. be requisite in each case of assistance. Any E. J. Glamorgan.
suggestions sent to us will be handed to the S. J.
Carmarthenshire. author ; but, to be available, they must be P. K. Middlesex.
sent with the least possible delay. ReferB. McK. Caithness.
ences should be given to the books, volumes M. P. Norfolk.
and pages, in which the criticisms are conE. N.
Gloucestershire. tained that they may be verified. M. R.
Herefordshire. S. T.
MR. SIMON WILKIN.
Somerset. E. Y. Hants.
Simon Wilkin was born at Cossey, NorApplications respecting grants to widows folk, July 27th, 1790; his parents were both should be addressed to Mr. G. Blight, 33, members of the Baptist Church, St. Mary's, Moorgate-street, and a postage stamp should Norwich, then under the pastoral care of the be enclosed when an answer is required. late Joseph Kinghorn. His family had for
LEIGHTON BUZZARD), March 17th.– The many generations been connected with the foundation-stone of ihe new chapel, Lake- cause of Evangelical religion, as he was a street, was laid by the Rev. Joshua Russell, lineal descendant of Lord Say and Sele, of Blackheath. The Revs. G. H. Davies, of through his son Colonel Nathaniel Fiennes, Houghton Regis, W.D. Elliston, the pastor (both staunch supporters of the Puritan of the church, Edward Adey, H. C. Leonard, cause under Cromwell) and also of Dr. M.A., of Boxmoor, D. Gould, of Dunstable, Thomas Jacomb, one of the ejected minisand Thomas Hands took part in the ser- ters, and author of several well-known vices. At balf-past six o'clock the Rev. W. works. His mother's brother the Rev. Chalmers, M.A., of the Scotch Free Church, Robert Jacomb was afternoon lecturer at Marylebone, preached. About £70 were re- Salter's Hall, in conjunction with the ceived by the Treasurer during the day. eminent Hugh Worthington, and afterLYDBROOK,
GLOUCESTERSRIRE. On wards for many years Dissenting miniGood Friday the foundation-stone of a ster at Wellingborough. new chapel was laid by Dr. Batten, of Mr. Wilkin's parents died when he was Coleford. The Revs. T. Watkinson (the quite young, and left him under the guar: pastor), P. Prees, Cinderford; M. S. Ridley, dianship of Mr. Kinghorn, whose kind and Lydney ; W. Nicholson, Parkend; J. E. gentle nature elicited all the affections of Cracknell, Cheltenham; Messrs. W. Rhodes, his charge, while his calm and dignified Cinderford; C. Roberts, Ross; Mr. Tyndall, placidity held the boy's exuberant spirits of Woodside ; Dr. Batten, Mr. Rudge, and in check, and thus a mutual attachment Mr.Hancorn, addressed the meeting. was formed which increased as years passed
STAFFORD.—The foundation-stone of a on, and lasted through life. new chapel was laid on Easter Monday, by During the twelve years spent under
Mr. Kinghorn's roof, his young ward had the opportunity of watching the home-life of one whose character has rarely been equalled, and of entering as he gradually became capable of doing so, into the plans of his action and the operation of his mind; of marking how wholly he devoted himself to the avocations of the position in which he was placed, how every power of his mind was laid out for his Master's glory; how in a word, he was determined to spend and be spent, in the great work for which he had been set apart. Next to his devotion to the Church over which he presided, that to his ward was most conspicuous. His first care was to bring him up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord—“ seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness," was the burden of his instructions, still more of his example. It was, however, remarkable that Mr. Kinghorn with all his aptness to teach in public, always found it difficult to bring the subject of religion before others privately. It cost him a great effort to speak of the Saviour to his young friends, yet the very greatness of the effort often made his remarks in themselves all the more pointed and striking. One of the earliest remembrances that Mr. Wilkin retained of this kind, was a conversation with regard to prayer, which Mr. Kinghorn always considered should be the spontaneous effusion of the child's heart, and not a taught form. In the course of it he pointedly asked him whether he ever prayed, and the child's answer not being very satisfactory, he made the simple rejoinder, "Well Simon, remember what's worth having is worth asking for." This opened a new idea on the subject of prayer, that it was asking God for what we wanted, an idea which surprized by its very simplicity; and thus the remark never lost its power nor ever failed from the memory:
Mr. Kinghorn had the pleasure of seeing his young charge early brought to a knowledge of the truth; he was baptized and added to the Church in his eighteenth year, the instructions and example of his guardian being mainly blessed to that end. Nor was Mr. Wilkin less indebted to him for the conscientious care with which he discharged his duties as tutor, an office for which bis great learning and extensive general knowledge eminently qualified him. He soon succeeded in eliciting his pupil's innate love of learning, and no pains were spared to fit him for that position in society which he was about to occupy. To a liberal English education, a thorough knowledge of the Classics and of several Modern Lan
guages was added, as well as a considerable acquaintance with Hebrew and with Mathematics; he also devoted himself very considerably to the study of Natural History, under the guidance of his early friends, Messrs. Joseph and William Hooker, the former long since deceased, the latter now Sir William Hooker, of Kew.
On the attainment of his majority and consequent introduction to his property, he gave a proof of his attachment to the cause of God and to the ministry of his revered guardian, by becoming a very large contributor to the erection of the handsome chapel, which was then built to accommodate the great and increasing congregation; and by giving his constant support to the various means of usefulness connected with the Church, and to the religious and benevolent institutions of his Denomination and his country. He also devoted his leisure and resources very largely to the encouragement of science, Entomology being the branch which especially engaged his attention; he had collectors in various parts of the country, constantly adding new or rare insects to his cabinet, which soon became one of the best private collections in the kingdom; it was afterwards purchased by Mr. Vigors, the naturalist, and subsequently passed into the possession of the Zoological Society. Mr. Wilkin became carly acquainted with Sir James Edward Smith, the president of the Linnean Society, of which he soon became a fellow, and by him he was introduced to the eminent circle of men connected with science and literature, of which that naturalist was himself the centre. He formed a local Entomological Society, which held its meetings at his residence at Cossey, and also established in his own grounds a botanical garden of considerable extent, and of great interest.
In the year 1816, a sudden reverse of fortune removed the subject of this memoir from the circle in which he had been enjoying the pleasures of social intercourse, and mutual co-operation ; and with a resignation which shewed the depth of his religious feelings, and a determination which gave proof of the energy and elasticity of his character, he adapted himself to the strangely altered position in which he suddenly found himself placed.
After a brief interval he entered into business as printer and publisher at Norwich, where old friends and new, soon collected round hiin, and his Christian character and literary attainments insured him the esteem and friendship of the many excellent men who were prominent in the religious and philanthropic movements of