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on making fresh links to this chain; der soul; and it was soon observed and when you have lived twenty when the appeal was made to the years more the devil will say,
“ More heart instead of the head.- Wesleyan links on still!” And then, at last, it Takings, vol. 1, page 317. will be : “ Take him, and bind him hand and foot, and cast him into a furnace of fire.” “For the wages of
BRITISH JUSTICE. sin is death." There is a subject for your meditation. I do not think it
That is indeed a noble anecdote of will be sweet; but if God makes it
British jurisprudence in the preface profitable, it will do you good. You
to De Lolmo's “Essay on the British
Constitution.” On his first arrival in must have strong medicine sometimes, when the disease is bad. God
London, he attended a court of law, apply it to your hearts.—Spurgeon.
when the cause happened to be a question between a subject and a prince of the blood. It was decided
for the subject and against the prince JOSEPH BRADFORD,
-a circumstance which in itself was SOME years the travelling companion quite enough to surprise the foreigner. of Mr. Wesley, for whom he would But there was an accompaniment to have sacrificed health, and even life; the thing which surprised him infibut to whom his will would never nitely more than the thing itself; and bend, except in meekness.
that is, that no surprise whatever was Joseph," said Mr. Wesley, one either felt or expressed by the specday, o take these letters to the tators—not even one movement of post.”
popular satisfaction, and no mobbish B.: “I will take them after or tumultuary delight because of the preaching, sir."
poor man's triumph and the rich man's W.: “Take them now, Joseph.” overthrow. And why? because the
B.: “I wish to hear you preach, thing just happened in the even and sir, and there will be sufficient time ordinary course of English justice ; it for the post after service.”
was but an every-day incident in the W.: I insist upon you going now,
administration of law; and of the Joseph.”
whole assembled public who were B.: “I will not go at present.” present, and had looked calmly and W.: “ You won't?"
intelligently on throughout the whole B.: “No, sir."
process, not one discovered the W.: “Then you and I must part.” slightest astonishment, not one beB.: “ Very good, sir.”
trayed any indecent exultation at the The good men slept over it. Both verdict, because it was precisely the were early risers. At four o'clock verdict which, from the distinct merits the next morning the refractory helper of the case, they had been led to antiwas accosted with
cipate. It was this which gave to “ Joseph, have you considered what this enlightened stranger his proI said ; that we must part?”
foundest sense of the excellence of
our B.: “ Yes, sir.”
constitution ; and this is the origin of W.: “ And must we part ?
by far the soundest treatise which has Please yourself, sir.”
appeared on the government and conW.: “Will you ask my pardon, stitution of our highly privileged land. Joseph ?"
Now, this is a noble anecdote. It B.: “No, sir."
has the moral sublime in it.-Dr. W.: “ You won't?”
APPARENT MISFORTUNES. Poor Joseph was instantly melted, AFTER a most dangerous illness in smitten as by the wand of Moses, his Majesty's service, I was invalided when forth gushed the tears, like the at Madras, and procured a passage in water from the rock. He had a ten- a line-of-battle-ship for England.
such will He own, and to such at length will give the crown.
“True happiness (if understood),
Consists alone in doing good.”
After my goods and chattels were on board, the ship was suddenly ordered to sea, while I was making a little excursion from the presidency. I got back to Madras just in time to see the vessel sail from the roads, while two of my brother officers, more prudent than myself, had wisely in all human prudence, taken their berths on board, and were now on their voyage to Europe ; while I was left destitute on a foreign shore, in sickness and in poverty! After surmounting various difficulties and repining for months on account of my misfortunes, I at length reached my native soil. The line-of-battle-ship had foundered at sea, and not a human being of the crew or passengers survived to tell the tale. From that day to this (now nearly thirty years ago), I have always hailed an apparent misfortune as the harbinger if not the actual agent of some providential benefit or escape.—Dr. James Johnson.
ABOUT the time the plague broke out in Wittemberg, a great part of the students and teachers left the town: Luther remained. “I don't well know,” wrote he to his friend at Erfurt, “ if the plague will allow me to finish the Epistle to the Galatians. Prompt and brisk, it makes great ravages, especially among the young. You advise me to flee. Whither shall I flee? I hope the world will not go to wreck though Friar Martin fall. If the plague makes progress, I will disperse the friars in all directions ; but, for myself, I am stationed here, and obedience permits me not to flee till He who has called me recall me. Not that I do not fear death (for I am not the Apostle Paul-I am only his commentator), but I hope the Lord will deliver me from fear." D'Aubigné, vol. i. p. 167.
To human nature God has given the privilege to weep in times of affliction and distress. In His infinite kindness he has ordained that tears, which are only external evidences of our grief, shall be the outlets to our sorrows, and tend to exhaust the cause from which they flow.-Ib.
MONOSYLLABLES. The following monosyllabic paragraph we clip from the Central Christian Advocate. It shows the real force of the Anglo-Saxon tongue.
THE USE 66'Tis plain this world is not a scope for
bliss, But duty.”—E. W. Ellsworth.
Life has a joy; a joy for all the good; yet these find in their cup, more than this. Change comes, and each one finds some hour of grief and pain. Yet change is good, and we are to gain at each turn in life, for naught is meant for ill. But few view life in the light they ought; most see and use it as if God gave it but to please. Such are apt to find no good or joy in it.
We should not live for self. It is ours to set the end of life on high, and make it tell for good, each day and hour of it. 'Tis ours to do! To do for those who need. To go, to find and bless, and in some sort lose sight of self, in work for the poor and such as need our aid, is the wise, true way. The life that does no good, knows no bliss. They who learn the wants of men, and turn their hand to meet them, are such as find the real joy. Such God will bless,
Phenomena of the Months.
OCTOBER THE sun rises one minute after six on the 1st, and sets at forty minutes after five. On the 31st she rises at fifty-three minutes after six, and sets at thirty-four minutes after four. The day shortens fifty-two minutes in the morning, and fifty-four minutes in the evening, or one hour and forty-six minutes during the month.
The moon is full on the 7th at fifty-nine minutes after one in the afternoon. New on the 23rd, thirtyseven in the evening. On the 31st at forty-two minutes after seven in the morning, and twenty minutes after eight in the evening.
4th. The first English Bible printed, 1535.
12th. Columbus discovered Ameica, 1492.
20th. Sir Christopher Wren born, 1632.
24th. Chaucer (poet) died, 1400.
one minutes after two in the morning. She is nearest the earth on the 4th, and again on the last day of the month, and most distant from it on the 16th.
Mercury is an evening star, setting about half an hour after the sun. He is near the moon on the 24th, and stationary among the stars on the 28th.
Venus is a morning star, rising on the 8th at three hours and six minutes before sunrise. She is at her least distance from the sun on the 17th, and near the moon on the 20th.
Mars rises at three minutes after nine p.m. on the 7th. He is due South on the 1st at thirty-four minutes after five a.m. He is near the moon on the 13th.
Jupiter rises on the 7th at one hour twenty-three minutes after sunset. He is due South on the 1st at two hours fifty-five minutes a.m., and near the moon on the 10th.
Saturn rises on the 7th at fiftyseven minutes after sunset. He is due South on the 1st at fifty-nine minutes after one a.m., and near the moon on the 9th.
High water at London Bridge on the 1st at forty minutes after six in the morning, and forty minutes after
MUSIC IN NATURE. How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this
bank. Here will we sit, and let the sounds of
music Creep in our ears; soft stillness and the
night Become the touches of sweet harmony. Sit, Jessica; look, how the floor of heaven Is thick inlaid with natives of bright
gold; There's not the smallest orb, which thou
behold'st, But in his motion like an angel sings, Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubims; Such harmony is in immortal souls ! But while this muddy vesture of decay Doth grossly close it in, we cannot bear it.
Mutual-Did Association Reporter.
and its main objects will be to devise means for prosecuting the home and foreign work so as to result in the greatest economy and efficiency; to promote fraternity; to increase the moral and evangelical power of a common Methodism, and to secure the more speedy conversion of the world."
THE Ecumenical Methodist Conference, has been deemed of sufficient importance to attract the attention of the Times, which has spoken of it as “promising to be one of the most interesting and important religious gatherings ever held since the days of the Wesleys. The denominations number over 4,000,000 actual communicants, and a Methodist population of 18,000,000. The members of the Conference will number 400, onehalf of whom represent British and Continental Methodism, and one-half the churches of the United States and Canada. The Conference is composed of lay and clerical delegates equally,
GENERAL COMMITTEE. The monthly meeting was held at the office of the Association, No. 24, Bedford Street, W.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 14th.
Present: The President, Treasurer, Honorary Secretaries, General Secretary, Amphlett, Turtle, Parker, Ward
ley, Wright, Clapham, Sunman, Dur- per quarter. He has been a weigher ley, Harding, Salmon, and Atkinson. of coals at 12s. a week, and he now
Bro. A. R. Johnson opened the receives 38. 6d. weekly from his local meeting with prayer.
club. He is utterly unable to work The minutes were read and signed from severe rheumatism. Ordered, as correct. Some questions arising That the brother receive 4s. a week therefrom caused considerable dis- at present. cussion and explanations, but no 4. Bro. J. D., of P., aged 60; a resolutions were come to, other than local preacher 23 years ; is a bacheto let the alteration in Rule 12 (which lor, earning about 4s. 6d. weekly by had been made without due notice) mending boots and shoes. He receives remain as it is.
two pounds yearly as Trinity money. The monthly abstract showed re- His complaint is hip disease. Orceipts from Branches £161 178.; dered, That this brother receive 3s. a payments to them, £172 6s. ld. New week. members, 4; deaths, 4 and 1 wife ; A letter was read from Bro. A. sick, 101; annuitants, 165. The ba- Andrew respecting a brother who is lances in hand were £646 88. 2d.; not yet a member; the consideration besides which, the Treasurer stated of which was deferred. that he had now received the July Bro. A. R. Johnson reported prodividends, after considerable difficulty, gress respecting correspondence conat the Bank of England. The total cerning the £8,000 for local preachers receipts from Branches since audit in from the Thanksgiving Fund. May were £993 28. 7d.; and the pay- The following were appointed a ments to them £900 18s 9d., besides sub-Committee to prepare further the working expenses.
suggestions to lay before the ComAn order was drawn on the Trea- mittee appointed by Conference, and surer for General Secretary's salary, to submit the same to our next and postages, and for bills for prin monthly meeting : The President, exting Reports, stationery, &c., total £82 President, Dr. Aldom, H. Wright, 178. 2d.
and the Honorary Secretaries. Brother Amphlett reported that the A letter was read from Mr. W. B. sum of £1 7s. 11d., for interest on Jameson, stating that his father, who deposit at Treasurer's bank, was had just made his long land and sea entered in last year's account among journey home from the other side of the donations, legacies, &c.
America, was too unwell to attend The following applications were the meeting. The General Secretary considered and determined on :
was requested to write a letter of 1. Bro. T. H., of M., aged 61 ; a sympathy to Bro. Jameson, and to local preacher 37 years; a widower; express our sincere hopes for his by trade a cabinet maker; not able to restoration. work through premature old age and Bro. Clapham was added to the extreme feebleness ; but when able deputation to Faversham. sells a little tea. He has been re- Bro. A. R. Johnson was empowered ceiving from our funds 4s. weekly. to select a deputation, when needed, Ordered. That this brother receive 6s. for a meeting at Prince of Wales' weekly in future.
Road Chapel. 2. Bro. T. H., of M. and S., aged Bro. Amphlett reported that he had 68; a local preacher 35 years; wife endeavoured to revive the Branch at aged 67; is by trade a sawyer, but Weymouth. Two brethren had given earning nothing, as he suffers from in their names as members. heart disease. Is now on our perma
Bro. Turtle reported that a new nent sick list. Ordered, That the Branch was in course of formation at brother have an annuity of 5s. a
Bro. Wardley invited the next 3. Bro. A. S., of M. N., aged 72; a meeting to be at our office on Monday, local preacher 42 years; wife aged 10th Oct., at 5.30. 73 ; has five children, all married and Bro. Salmon closed the meeting have families. One allows him 58. with prayer at 9 o'clock.
been an annuitant 140 weeks, and
received £42. No particulars, Claim £2. August 1, 1881. Joseph Teasdale,
August 21, 1881. Thomas 0, JohnAlston Branch, aged 56 years. He died
son, Sunderland Branch, aged 79 years. calmly trusting in the Lord. Claim £6. Fully prepared, and calmly waiting for
August 3, 1881. Elizabeth White, his end. Claim £2. Grantham Branch, aged 75. She died
August 31, 1881. Ellen Marsden. in peace. Claim £4.
Wibsey Branch, aged 40 years No August 16, 1881.
John Holloway, particulars. Claim £3. York Branch, aged 89 years. He had
CASH RECEIVED BY THE GENERAL TREASURER TO SEPT. 15TH, 1881.
Free Sub- Benefit scriptions. Members.
£ 8. d. £ 8. d. Spitalfields-Mr. R. Facey, 2s 6d ; Mr. T. Gibbons, 2s 6d... 0 5 0 0 3 0 Newcastle-under-Lyne
2 10 0 Newbury-Mr. R. A. Taylor, qly. 38; Mr. C. Webb, hc. 10s 6d
0 13 6
2 8 0 Kington
0 90 Bungay
1 1 0 Liverpool
1 10 Pontypool
1 8 0 Oundle
10 Peterborough 2nd
3 17 3 Driffield
2 70 Bath
0 6 0 Ripon
0 18 0 Dursley
0 60 Chesterfield—Mr. W. Colledge, 2s 6d; Mr. T. E. Fenwick,
hm. £1 ls ; Mr. M. Hicking, 2s 6d; Mr. S. Townrow, 5s; Public Collection, net £2 10s 2d
4 1 2 2 4 9 Sunderland
0 3 0 Nottingham-Mr. W. B. Carter, hm. £l is
1 1 0 2 2 0 Bury St. Edmunds
11 2 0 Ashbourn
1 7 0 Brighton
0 60 Crewe
1 4 0 York—Mr.T. Dickenson, hm. £1 1s; Mr. J. R. Hill, hm. £1 ls; Mr. E. Sherwood, hm. £1 ls; Mr. J. Swales, hm. £1 ls; Mr. Tasker, hc. 108 6d
4 14 6 5 19 6 Cardiff -Mr. R. Bird, hm. £l 1s; Mr. G. H. Wills, hm. £1 ls
2 2 0 Retford-Mr. G. Grundy, hm. £1 ls
1 1 0
2 11 0 Birmingham 2nd
0 120 Southwark and Lambeth—Mrs. Keough, hm, £1 18
1 1 0
1 10 0 Bristol–J. H., 2s 6d for the Old Men (per Bro. Maynard) 2 6 Wibsey-Mr. T. Barraclough, qly. 3s; Mr. T. Constantine, qly. 38; Mr. W. Sharp, qly. 38
90 1 100 Newport (Mon.)–E. H., 58 (per Bro. Milsom) Office List Mr. A. Ballard, hm, £1 1s; Rev. T. Nightingale, hm. £1 ls
2 2 Chelsea-Mr. W. Sunman, hm. £1 ls
1 1 0 0 15 0 Great Queen Street-Mr. Horton, 58
0 5 0 Bayswater—Mr. H. Pratt, hm. £1 1s; Mr. J. Pratt, hm. £1 18
2 2 0