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be deterred by the effect which such pressure might have upon the prospects of the Church in England. In other words, Lord Hartington has plainly declared that he is not, in principle, in any way opposed to the adoption of Disestablishment, alike in Scotland and in England, as a measure to which the Liberal party would be pledged. He endorses the grievances alleged by some of the English clergy in respect of the Public Worship Regulation Act, no less than those of the Scotch Dissenters, and he concludes: 'When the time comes, as I have said it may come, that Scotch opinion shall be fully formed upon the subject, the Liberal party in England will do its best to give effect to that Scotch opinion without undue consideration given to any other circumstances connected with the question.' It is evident that, after this, Disestablishment has passed into the category of debatable party questions; and the speech in this respect constitutes a new departure of the first importance for the Liberal party."
There has been a correspondence in the columns of a daily contemporary regarding the discussion on Trades Unions at the recent Congress at Croydon. Mr. Mitchell, one of the leading advocates of the agricultural labourers' cause, brings a bitter indictment of neglect against the country clergy of the Episcopal Church. He complains that while the Church of England is endowed with £500,000,000 worth of public property, "which was mostly intended for educating the young, healing the sick, feeding the poor, entertaining the wayfarer, and maintaining the aged," her clergy have neglected the peasantry, and not only so, but have tried to "prevent their helping themselves." Mr. Mitchell does not rest this accusation upon his own ipse dixit. He quotes from a speech by Canon Girdlestone, in which, after describing the wretched condition of agricultural labourers generally, he said: " Remembering the vast influence which the rural clergy had possessed a long number of years, he as one of them was bound to acknowledge that they could not consider themselves free from blame, and that a great responsibility lay at their doors," and " solemnly declared that the man he should fear most to meet at the last day was the poor labourer, who, perhaps, if he had exercised his ministry more faithfully and fearlessly in denouncing social abuses, might have been spared a life of misery and penury, and a pauper's grave."
In a work recently published by the widow of the late Mr. George Dawson she quotes from her husband the following remarkable
words upon prayer: "We need to be more alone with God, that we may learn, as only in solitude we can learn, the sweet secret of His Fatherhood. Also that we may tell Him there, as we never can tell it in the presence of others, all the sad story of our guilt and shame and distress. A natural reserve keeps us from speaking of these things in public save in very general terms, or even from letting the signs of them be seen. There is a sort of unseemliness in marring the decorum of public religious worship by the passionate cry of the sad soul, bowed down with the burden of its sins and sorrows. We must needs be grave and decorous, telling to the God of the great congregation only that which the great congregation may hear. It is to our Father which is in secret that our whole sad heart can reveal itself."
THE EDITOR is happy to announce that he has completed his editorial arrangements for the Magazine for the New Year. He confidently believes that the interest and value of this periodical for our Congregational Churches will be sustained and increased. Among other subjects to be dealt with will be:
I. “The Gables at Redlynch; or, Maurice Maynard's Choice," -a story of a village pastorate, in which the difficulties and the blessings of Independent Churches in the rural districts will be pointed out.
II. "Our Church Methods, and How to Mend Them," will be illustrated in a series of papers extending through the year.
III. "Our Church Work, and How to Do it." In these articles the varied minitries of our Churches will be considered and enforced. IV. "Our Church Members."
V. Original Stories for the Young.
There will also be articles helpful to the Christian faith and life of the Churches; on the Popular Topics of the hour; on Ecclesiastical Questions; on the News of the Churches, etc. The Editor hopes for the continued good will and support of his large circle of readers.
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