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count of his doings there, and those of his zealous associates, have now reached us in the form of a bandsome volume, entitled Good-will to Men: a narrative of Evangelistic labors, and of the blessed results which attended them during his visit to Glasgow, in the Spring of 1861 : with an introductory note by the Rev. Dr. Hetherington, Professor of Theology, Free Church, Glasgow.'
“Amid the many interesting things in the volume, the most important, we think, is the report of the soiree and presentation to Mr. Hammond, in Glasgow, prior to his departure. His own speech on that occasion, made just on his return from Italy, is one of very deep interest. We shall endeavor to make room for it in the next number of the British Ensign."
The present volume was suggested by the writer, and its design is not to honor man, but God; to furnish Christians and all friends of revivals, for their own estimate of truth and duty, of evangelistic labors and the great awakenings on both sides of the Atlantic, sketches of the wonderful and blessed harvest-scenes within a few years past.
The editor of these unpretending pages entered upon his work, hopeful of God's guidance and blessing, because, whatever the difference of opinion of men and measures, all must feel that the whole question of religious effort -- the grand enterprise of a world's conversion, compared with which all other
objects become insignificant, is one of general con
And we believe the facts here given are authentic. They were taken either from formal narratives referred to, scrap-books containing the reports of local papers, prepared by a lady in Scotland, or from written correspondence. All the works upon revivals at command have been consulted, and the reader left as far as possible to judge of principles, facts and results, rather than invited to accept the views of any one connected with this volume. It has been the constant endeavor to keep, in its proper relation to the truthfulness and usefulness of the book, the name of him whose recent labors are embodied in it; and it is now sent forth with the prayer, that it may contribute to the advancement of God's kingdom, and the encouragement of those who long for its triumphant coming.
The introduction by Rev. J.J. Carruthers, D.D., of the Payson Church, Portland, who entered warmly into the revival movement, and was greatly. favored with the divine presence in his congregation, will be found rich in Christian thought, and enlarged views of the word's spiritual harvest.
The aggressive power of the Church of Christ has been, as yet, very partially developed. The associated missionary operations, which happily distinguish the present age, leave almost untouched the talents committed to Christ's people — the moral resources provided by the Head of the Church for the evangelization of the world.
The great mass of Christian disciples are but little affected, by the known condition, and the coming destiny of the multitudes by whom they are surrounded. These are perishing by thousands and by millions, for lack of that knowledge which Christians have, and which, by every consideration of fealty to Christ, and charity and faithfulness to men, they are bound to communicate to others. What mean the divinely selected and employed emblems of their moral relation to the impenitent and unrenewed – the light of the world, the salt of the earth, the leaven secretly, silently, but surely leavening the whole lump if they do not imply the duty and privilege of morally influencing those with whom they are brought into immediate contact ? Does it, can it comport with such symbols of diffusive action, that
those who know the grace of God in truth should constantly associate with Christless, hopeless and unholy relatives, friends, and fellow-citizens, without conveying to these, in any way, the convictions and forebodings entertained as to their actual condition in the sight of God, and their rapidly ap
proaching destiny? Christians have hearts to feel, - and eyes to weep, and tongues to utter the emotions
of affectionate and earnest sympathy in reference to all that affects the temporal circumstances of their friends and neighbors ; but how is it that so few hearts are touched, so few tears shed, and so little said or done, for interests so far outweighing in importance the aggregate of all interests temporal and earthly ? Surely, it is high time that Christian disciples of our own and of other lands, should awake out of sleep, ponder deeply their solemn and untransferable responsibilities, and give not merely their prayers and their pecuniary contributions, but themselves to the work of converting sinners and saving souls from death.
To break this criminal, dishonorable and destructive slumber, and to bring the burden of conscious responsibility to bear, with adequate pressure, on the hearts and lips and lives of those who are bought with a price and are not their own, has ever been one leading object of those evangelistic labors, which, with their expected and realized results, are recorded in the present volume.