CHAPTER 2-HIDDEN YEARS--1860--1864. AET. 28-32.

IN the heart of the East End of London, among the toilers of Whitechapel, Hudson Taylor had made his home. Invalided from. China in 1860, it had been like a death-sentence to be told that he must never think of returning unless he wished to throw his life away. Six and a half years of strenuous work in Shanghai, Ningpo, and elsewhere had taken heavy toll of a constitution none too strong at the outset, and. with a delicate wife and child it looked for a time as though he would never see China again. 1-{1 The story of Mr. Taylor's first period of work in China will be found in Hudson Taylor in Early Years : The Growth of a Soul, published by the China Inland Mission and the Religious Tract Society, to which this volume forms the sequel.}

His one consolation in leaving the converts in Ningpo, had been that he could serve them in England. A hymnbook and other simple works in their local dialect were much needed, and above all a more correct translation of the New Testament with marginal references. Immediately on landing, the young missionary had thrown himself into the task of getting the Bible Society and the Religious Tract Society to undertake these publications, and so engrossed was he with meetings, interviews, and correspondence that almost three weeks elapsed before he could visit his beloved parents in Barnsley.

Then came the question as to where to settle. If he should be detained at home but a year or two, Mr. Taylor was anxious to make the most of the time. No thought of a holiday seems to have entered his mind. Furlough to him simply meant an opportunity for finding fellow-labourers and fitting himself and them for future usefulness. His colleagues in Ningpo, Mr. and Mrs. J. Jones, whose work (unconnected with any society) had been the means of much blessing, were no longer equal to the burdens pressing upon them. Even before Mr. Taylor left, five additional helpers had been appealed for, and much prayer was being made in the faith that they would be given. Meanwhile tidings were none too good from the little mission.

" You know what it is to have a sick child at a distance," Mr. Taylor wrote to his parents, after two months in England," and we are feeling separation from children in the Lord who are spiritually sick. But what can we do ? We can scarcely go back at once. I know how we are needed, but the object sought in our coming home does not yet seem gained. It is true that our friends (Mr. and Mrs. Jones) are apt to look on the dark side of things ; so we must hope for the best, and join our prayers with yours for God to work in the hearts of the dear but feeble lambs of His flock, redeemed with His own precious blood. Oh, yes I He will bear the lambs in His bosom. He loves them more than we do."

Curbing his eagerness to be back in China, Mr. Taylor had decided to complete his medical studies and take his diplomas. Facing the broad thoroughfare of Whitechapel stood his old Alma Mater, the London Hospital. Its doors were open to him, and turning resolutely from an easier line of things he brought his wife and children to East London, renting a house on a side street near the hospital, that no time might be lost in going to and fro to attend his lectures, etc.

Here, then, at No.1 Beaumont Street, began the discipline that was to lengthen out, little as Hudson Taylor expected it, until he was ready for the wider vision that was yet to dawn upon him. Four years were to elapse-quiet, hidden years-in which little apparently was to be accomplished, while God was doing the real, the inner work which was to bear fruit not in Ningpo only but in every part of China.

Well was it that the young missionaries could not foresee all that lay before them. At twenty-nine and-twenty-four, long patience is not easy. They were in England truly, but with every thought, every breath, loving China, living for China 1 In addition to his medical studies, they had undertaken the important task of revising the Ningpo Testament, the Bible Society having agreed to publish a new edition. They were in correspondence also with candidates for the mission, and as health improved their hope brightened that a couple of years might set them free-medical degrees obtained, Romanised publications in hand, and the fellowworkers given about whom they were waiting upon God. And it was to be four years before the Pillar of the Cloud moved for them even a little ; four years that were to bring them but one missionary, and in which, though Mr. Taylor's medical studies were completed, the revision was to prove a task that grew upon their hands. Yet it was right, all right, and the one way to answer their deepest prayers.

A glimpse into the daily life of that little home in Beaumont Street, so different from the sordid scenes about it, is afforded by the recollections of the Barnsley candidate who came up during the first year Mr. Taylor was in London. Through his Class Leader, Mr. Henry Bell, he had been interested in China, though without for a moment supposing that he could himself become a missionary.

" James," said Mr. Bell one day, " I have a job for you. Will you undertake it ? "

" What is it, sir ?

And the unexpected reply had been, " Go to China."

Hudson Taylor's appeal for workers had reached Barnsley before his return to England, and often was the matter remembered in prayer in the old home on the Market Place. Dropping in to tea, the good old-fashioned Yorkshire meal, Mr. Bell had learned that spiritual qualifications were needed rather than high educational attainments. This turned his thoughts to the young mechanic who was his right-hand helper in open-air meetings and wherever a soul was to be won. Telling him all he knew of the opening, Mr. Bell repeated his question

" Will you go?"

" I will," replied Meadows, " if God is calling me. But I must have time to pray over it."

The faith principles of the mission caused him no apprehension, nor did the difficulties of the language. He was ready to give up good business prospects, and go out looking to the Lord alone for supplies. But he must know assuredly that he was being led of God.

" So I fasted," he wrote long after, " and going into my workshop one dinner-hour, knelt down and definitely asked the Lord, 'Shall I go ? '

" The answer that came then and there was, 'Go, and the Lord be with thee,' and I have never regretted from that day to this (nearly fifty years later) that I acted upon it."

When the time came for his first visit to London, it was with immense interest he looked forward to being in Mr. Taylor's company. To see something of a missionary's life at close quarters had more attraction for him than all the wonders of the great city. Making his way to the address given, he was scarcely surprised to find himself in a poor neighbourhood. Mr. Taylor, he knew, was studying medicine at the London Hospital, and it was natural he should live near at hand. But the poverty of the little house itself did somewhat take him aback, when he got over the surprise of being welcomed by a Chinese in native gown and queue. The cottage he had left in Barnsley possessed more of comfort, as he soon discovered, than the scantily furnished rooms which contented the missionaries. They and their Chinese helper (none other than Wang Lae-djun of Ningpo 1){1 For the conversion of this remarkable man and his early labours, see The Growth of a Soul, Ch.39} seemed to have little time for housekeeping, so keen were they on the chief work in hand, the revision of the New Testament. In a study devoid of all but actual necessaries, he found Mr. Taylor engrossed with Mr. Gough over a knotty point of translation,2 {2- The Rev. F. F. Gough of the. Church Missionary Society, also on furlough from Ningpo, who had joined Mr. Taylor in the revision.}and it was some time before they could do more than give him a cordial welcome. So interested was he, however, in all that was going on that he forgot the bareness of the room, the low fire in the grate, though the day was bitterly cold, and the well-worn dress of the man whose spirit seemed in such contrast with his surroundings !

And at table it was the same. Las-djun was both cook and laundryman, and the table linen no less than the provisions told of the secondary place given to such details. But the conversation made him oblivious of the cooking, and he was surprised to find himself unruffled by things that would have upset his peace of mind at home. The " gentle, earnest piety " of the missionaries deeply impressed him, as did their absorbing devotion to the work they had left, which was never far from their thoughts. The appalling. fact of a million precious souls, month by month, perishing in China for lack of the Gospel was real to them, and found some adequate, corresponding reality in their daily life. Poor as they were-and it was not long before he discovered that they had no means in hand, or even in prospect, with which to send him to China-he was glad to accept such leadership, and to go out simply as a `,` Scripture-reader " when before long funds were provided. 1-{1 Mr. Meadows and his bride sailed for China in January 1862, first of the five workers prayed for t0 reinforce Mr. and Mrs. Jones in the Ningpo Mission.}

And Hudson Taylor's care of hips one missionary was not unworthy of this confidence. He had known what it was to be alone, in need, and apparently forgotten during his first years in China, and nothing that could be done by correspondence and attention to business details should be omitted to further the efficiency and well-being of his fellow-workers. Careful though he was of every penny, he invested in a good account-book and a file for letters, and the clear entries in his own handwriting testify to the faithfulness with which he discharged these responsibilities. Mr. Meadows's only complaint, indeed, in his early correspondence illustrates the regularity with which he was cared for.

" James Meadows speaks of being well and regularly supplied with money," Mr. Taylor wrote to his mother a year after the young couple had gone out. "His only dissatisfaction is that his friends, knowing him to be looking to God only, would be anxious, while he is receiving remittances as regularly as though had a salary. He seems distressed, in fact, at their being so regular and sufficient, as though such a state of things were incompatible with leaning upon God alone. I have explained in my reply that this is not the case, and that as neither he nor I have any promise of another farthing from any one, we need to look to the Lord constantly to supply us as He sees fit."

By this time Mr. Taylor's medical studies were completed and his diploma taken. He had worked hard for them, gaining valuable experience in hospital practice; and now, the strain of examinations over, he was more free to look ahead.

"We have many difficulties before us," he had written home some months earlier.1{ 1- In a letter of July 27, 1862.}"I do not see my way at all; but it is enough that He does Who will guide, and supply all our need. .....I wish Barnsley were not so far away. But when we get Home we shall be all together....We must not see our rest here, must we? We must press forward, counting everything (and that includes a great many things) but loss, that we may 'win Christ and be found in Him.'"

Of these hidden years of work and waiting little would have been known in detail but for the preservation of a number of brief journals whose very existence was unsuspected. Providentially brought to light while these pages were being written, they fill a gap hitherto passed over in silence. Here they lie upon the table, twelve thin paper-covered notebooks, worn with years, but not one of them missing. Beginning soon after Mr. Taylor's medical degrees were taken, they cover a period of three years, up to and a little beyond the Perth Conference.2-{ie. December 1862 to the end of 1865.} Daily entries in his small clear writing fill the pages, which breathe a spirit words are poor to express.

Scarcely a day is recorded in which he did not have correspondence, visitors, meetings, lessons in Chinese to give to intending missionaries, medical visits to pay to friends or suffering neighbours, attendance at committees, or other public or private engagements in addition to the revision of the Ningpo Testament. That the latter was his chief occupation, and one to which he devoted himself with characteristic thoroughness, is evident from the journals. Every day he noted the number of hours spent in this work alone, and one frequently comes across such entries as the following

13 April,1863: Commenced with Mr. Gough at 10 A.M. and worked together about eight hours. Revision, total nine hours. April 14: Revision nine hours.

15:April:Revision ten and a half hours.

16:April: Revision: eight hours.

17:April: Revision: eleven and a half hours.

18: April: Revision: eleven hours.

19, Sunday : Morning, wrote to James Meadows, . , , had service with Lae-djun.1 {1-1 The only Chinese Christian within reach, Lae-djun was not neglected spiritually. Regularly, as the journals testify, Mr. Taylor spent hours with him on Sunday, tired though they must often have been : hours of prayer and Bible study that had not a little to do with Lae-djun's subsequent usefulness as the first and for thirty years one of the most devoted native Pastors in the China Inland Mission.} Afternoon, -took tea with Mr. John Howard, having walked to Tottenham to inquire after Miss Stacey's health. Evening, heard Mr. Howard preach. Proposed to Miss Howard, as subjects for prayer, that we should be helped in revision-to do it well and as quickly as is consistent with so doing. Walked home. 2-{2- The walk to and from Tottenham, twelve miles in all, mutt have been fatiguing to Mr. Taylor ; but he had strong conscientious objections to Sunday travelling, and felt the effort well repaid by intercourse with the Howards and other friends, and the helpful fellowship of the Brook Street Meeting}

April 20: Revision twelve hours.

April 21: Revision: eleven hours.

April 22 : Revision: ten hours.

April 23 : Revision: twelve hours.

April 24 : Revision: nine and a half hours.

April 25: Revision: thirteen and a half hours.

Several answers to prayer to-day. . . . Thanks be to Him.

Thus the record runs on, putting to shame our easygoing service by its intensity and devotion. And this was a returned missionary, detained at home on account of seriously impaired health through equally strenuous labours in China!

April 26, Sunday : Morning, heard Rev. T. Kennedy on " Do thyself no harm." (Appropriate surely !) Afternoon, lay down, having headache and neuralgia. Evening, with Lae-djun on Heb.11., first part. Mr. Gough promised to begin to-morrow not later than 10.30. May God prosper us in our work this week, and in all other matters be our help and guide.

April 27: Revision seven hours (evening at Exeter Hall).

April 28 : Revision: nine and a half hours.

April 29: Revision: eleven hours.

April 30:Revision: five and a half hours (B.M.S. meetings).

May 1 : Revision: eight and a half hours (visitors till 10 P.M.).

May 2 : Revision: thirteen hours.

May 3, Sunday, at Bayswater : In the morning heard Mr. Lewis, from John3: 33; took the Communion there in the afternoon. 1-{1- Bayswater was the home at this time of Mr. and Mrs. B. Broomhall, the beloved sister Amelia, for many years Mr. Taylor's chief correspondent. The Rev. W. G. Lewis was the minister of the Baptist Church, of which Mr. Taylor had become and long remained a member.}Evening, stayed at home and engaged in prayer about our Chinese work.

May 4 : Revision four hours (correspondence and visitors).

May 5 : Revision: eleven and a half hours.

May 6 :Revision: seven hours (important interviews).

May 7:Revision: nine and a half hours.

May 8 : Revision: ten and a half hours.

May 9: Revision: thirteen hours.

May 10: Sunday : Morning, with Lae-djun on Heb. 11., first part-a happy season. Wrote to James Meadows. Afternoon, prayer with Maria about leaving this house, about Meadows, Truelove, revision, etc. Wrote to Mr. Lord.2 {2- The Rev. E. C. Lard of Ningpo, formerly of the American Baptist Missionary Union, was a highly esteemed friend of Mr. Taylor's. Although very busy in his own work, he found time to replace Mr. Jones in the pastoral oversight of the Bridge Street Church, and to give much help -to Mr. Meadows. Mr. Jones had had to leave China in broken health, and reached the better Home before the journey could be completed.} Evening, heard Mr. Kennedy on Matt. 27: 42: " He saved others, Himself He cannot save." Oh to to be more like the meek, forbearing, loving Jesus. Lord, make me more like Thee."

But it was not work only, it was faith and endurance under searching trial that made these years so fruitful in their after-results. The testing permitted was chiefly along two lines, those of the Ningpo Testament and the supply of personal needs. Mr. Taylor, it should be recorded, never at any time received financial help from the funds of the Mission. Even in these early days he felt it important to be entirely independent, in this sense, of the work. He had long been looking to the Lord in temporal matters as in spiritual, proving in many wonderful ways the truth of the promise, " No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly." These years, however, in East London were marked by very special exercise of mind in this connection, and some periods of extremity never afterwards repeated. Such, for example, were the autumn days in 1863, of which we read as follows

October 5, Monday : Our money nearly spent. Paid in faith, however, what was owing to tradesmen and servants. Found a very sweet promise for us in our revision work, 1 Chron. 28: 20. Revision seven hours.

October 9 : Our money all but gone. 0 Lord, our hope is in Thee! Revision six and a half hours. Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Lord, May Jones and Baby came from Bristol. (So they were responsible for quite a party.)

October 10 : Revision nine and a half hours. . . . Went with Mrs. Jones to see Mr. Jonathan Hutchinson, who kindly refused to take any fee. Only 2s. 51d. left, with the greatest management.

I must have all things and abound;

While God is God to me.

October 11, Sunday : Morning, with Lae-djun. Afternoon, engaged in prayer. Evening, went to hear Mr. Kennedy. We gave 2s. today to the collections, in faith and as due to the Lord.

It is not surprising to find, as the week wore on, special evidences of the Lord's watchful care. He was permitting their faith to be tested for sufficient reasons, but He was not unmindful of them in the trial. Early in the week Mrs.Jones' sister came up from the country, bringing " a goose, a' duck, and a fowl," with other good things, for the house hold ; and a day or two later a relative called with more than thirty pounds for Mr. and Mrs. Taylor's personal use.

Once, and once only, was there a liability that could not be met, for they sedulously obeyed the injunction, " Owe no man anything, save to love one another." It was the summer of 1864, the close sultry season so trying in East London. Ever since the beginning of August supplies had been running low, and on the 12th a brief entry closed with the words

The tax-gatherer called, and I was obliged to defer him. Help us, 0 Lord, for Thy Name's sake.

Next day was Saturday, and there was little or nothing in hand. Seven and a half hours were given to revision just as usual, though the children's nurse had to be told the situation in case she might wish to leave.

Sought to realise that it is in weakness and need the strength of Jesus is perfected is the entry that shows how deeply their hearts were exercised.

That night, though late, a friend who had left the house returned, and putting seven pounds into Mr. Taylor's hand begged him to accept it. Five pounds reached him by post on Monday, and thirty-five during the course of the week. Thus he was confirmed in the confidence that, for them at any rate, to give all their time and strength to the Lord's work and quietly wait His supplies was the right way.

On yet another occasion that little home in Beaumont Street witnessed some hours of anxious suspense. A quarter's rent was due immediately after a summer holiday in Yorkshire, and the day before the landlord was to call for it Mr. Taylor returned from Barnsley (where he had left his family) and went to the desk in which he had placed the money in readiness. To his surprise, instead of finding the amount expected, it was a pound short, and a moment's reflection assured him that the mistake was due to carelessness on his own part, which he had now no means of rectifying For how to make up that missing pound he knew not, and the landlord-a quick-tempered, hard-spoken man-was to call the following morning.

There was more prayer than sleep that night, but the early post brought no relief. Slowly the minutes wore on, Mr. Taylor listening for the knock that did not come. After an hour or two he began to breathe more freely, though in intervals of work all day the anxiety returned, and when night came he gave himself again to prayer. Next morning, in a more friendly spirit than usual, the landlord appeared. He had been hindered, he explained, in starting for business the day before, and had been too late to call. Such a thing was most unusual, he could not account for it.

" But I can," interposed his tenant thankfully ;, " for only by this morning's post have I received a sovereign needed to make up the rent ! "

Meanwhile, what of the bright hopes with which Mr. Taylor had entered upon the work entrusted to him by the Bible Society ? To obtain a correct version of the New Testament-not in Chinese character but in Roman letters, representing the sounds of the local dialect, and thus comparatively easy both to read and understand-was an object worthy of considerable sacrifice. With the help of Wang Lae-djun and Mrs. Taylor, who was as much at home in the Ningpo dialect as in English, he hoped to accomplish it in reasonable time. After a beginning had been made, he was joined also by the Rev. F. F. Gough of the C.M.S., whose knowledge of Greek as well as Chinese enabled him to translate with. confidence from the original. They were thus well qualified for the work, and progress was not hindered by lack of diligence. But the task itself proved far more laborious than they had anticipated, extended as it was to include the preparation of marginal references.

Moreover it met, strange to say, with the strongest opposition. Persons whose position gave them weight criticised the undertaking at the Bible House to such an extent that, once and again, 'it seemed as if it must be abandoned, and this not at the beginning, but after months and years of toil, during which Mr. Taylor's friends and the Mission circle had become interested in the matter. To fail after having sacrificed so much, delaying even his return to China, was a possibility that cost him keen distress. Yet he had to face it, especially when Mr. Gough seemed on the point of giving way. For two or three months the situation was painful in the extreme. Brief entries in the little journal show how keenly Mr. Taylor felt it, though working on in the faith that all would yet be well.

Sept. 21 (1863) : Spent the morning in fasting and prayer. ... Mr. Gough went to see Mr. Venn, 1{1 Hon. Secretary of the Church Missionary Society.}and I began a letter to the Secretary of the Bible Society.Sept. 27, Sunday : Morning, with Lae-djun. Afternoon, engaged in prayer with Mr. Gough. Evening, heard Mr. Kennedy on Hos.6:1, a very valuable sermon. (" Come, and let us return unto the Lord : for He hath torn, and He will heal us ; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up.") May we turn to Him again, and again find His favour in our revision work.

Forty-three hours were given to revision that week, in spite of much distress.

Oct. 4, Sunday : Morning, with Lae-djun on Romans 2. Afternoon, read Hebrews, in Conybeare and Howson. Evening, took the lead at Mr. Scott's " Twig Folly " Meeting. Determined by God's help to live nearer to Him, and thus ensure His blessing in our work.

But the difficulties only increased, until Mr. Gough could go on no longer.

" Humanly speaking there is little hope of the continued aid to either the C.M.S. or the Bible Society," Mr. Taylor wrote to his mother on Oct.. 7. " For this I care but little, as the Lord can easily provide the funds we need. But the help of Mr. Gough in the remainder of the work is very desirable, and under these circumstances it is improbable that we should have it. I should ask special prayer then.

"I. That the C.M.S. and the Bible Society may be brought to that conclusion which will be most for the glory of God and the real (not apparent) good of the work.

" II. That, if, as is almost certain, they throw up the revision, and if it be most for the good of the dear converts of Ningpo, Mr. Gough may be induced to continue his share in it.

" III. That if he should not do this, we may be guided aright as to our path-whether simply to reprint the Epistles and Revelation, or in some measure to revise them, correcting where we can any glaring errors ; or whether to give up the work aItogether.

" My present full conviction, not a little confirmed by the character of the opposition to our work, is that it is of the Lord, and that He is saying to us, 'Be strong and of good courage and do it : fear not, nor be dismayed ; for the LORD GOD will be with thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.' If this is really His will, by His grace I will go forward. May He teach me if it be not so.

" ' Whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name, that will I do, that,the Father may be glorified in the Son.' Plead this promise, dear Mother, in behalf of our work. And may He, whose we are and whom we serve, guide us aright."

Nothing is more striking in the records of the period than Mr. Taylor's dependence upon prayer, real dependence for every detail, every need. He leaned his whole weight on God, pleading the promises. Was it Lae-djun's affairs, the wife and child who needed him, or the difficulties of their long task ; was it a question of health, their own or the children's, of house - moving, money for daily bread, or guidance as to their return to China ? All, all was brought to their Heavenly Father with the directness of little children, and the conviction that He could and would undertake, direct, and provide. It was all so real, so practical !

Equally characteristic was the. faithfulness with which he followed when the Lord's way was made plain. Barely two weeks after the above letter was written, the Bible Society reached a decision which bound him more than ever to the revision.

There is no intention of taking it out of your hands," wrote his friend Mr. Pearse, forestalling the letter of the Committee. They are evidently satisfied with what you are doing, and the way you are doing it."

This meant that the Romanised Testament would be completed, and greatly rejoiced Mr. Taylor as a definite answer to prayer ; but it meant also that he was pledged more than ever to his part of the work-and the years were passing on. With returning strength the longing grew upon him to be back in China, especially when the death of Mr. Jones left the Bridge Street converts almost without pastoral care. Great changes had swept over Ningpo with the devastations. of the Tai-ping Rebellion. After indescribable sufferings the population had largely lost faith in idols which could not protect even themselves, and many were ready as never before for the consolations of the Gospel. Mr. Meadows, bereaved of wife and child, was in sore need of companionship, and the native Christians of spiritual help. Everything pointed, humanly speaking, to Mr. Taylor's return, and increased his longing to be in direct missionary work once more. Important as the revision was, he was young and craved activity and the joy of winning souls to Christ. Yet did not the very answers to prayer that had been so marked bind him to continue the work that was detaining him, and carry it to completion ?

But all the while another longing was taking possession of his soul, looming large and ever larger with strange persistence. Do what he would, he could not escape the call of inland China, the appeal of those Christless millions for whom no man seemed to care. On his study wall hung the map of the whole vast empire ; on the table before him lay the ever-open Bible and between the two how close and heart-searching the connection ! Feeding, feasting, upon the Word of God, his eye would fall upon the map and oh, the thought of those for whom nothing was prepared !

"While on the field," he wrote, "the pressure of claims immediately around me was so great that I could not think much of the still greater need farther inland, and could do nothing to meet it. But detained for some years in England, daily viewing the whole country on the large map in my study, I was as near the vast regions of the interior as the smaller districts in which I had personally laboured-and prayer was the only resource by which the burdened heart could obtain any relief."

Laying aside their work, for Mr. Gough in measure shared this experience, they would call Mrs. Taylor and Lae-djun, and unitedly pour out their hearts in prayer that God would send the Gospel to every part of China. And they did more than pray. Alone, or together, they interviewed the representatives of the larger missionary societies, pleading the cause of those unevangelised millions. Everywhere they were met with sympathy, for the facts were their own argument ; but everywhere also it was evident that nothing could, or rather would be done. The objections raised were twofold : in the first place, financially, any aggressive effort was impossible. Neither the men nor the means were forth- r coming. And were it otherwise, those remote provinces were practically inaccessible to foreigners. True the treaty of 186o provided for journeys and even residence inland, but that was merely on paper, and everywhere the conclusion was the same : "We must wait until God's providence opens the door ; at present we can do nothing."

These objections, however, did not lessen the need or bring any lightening of the burden. Returning to the East End and his quiet study, Hudson Taylor found himself still challenged by the open Bible, the ever-accusing map. The Master had said nothing about politics or finance in His great commission. " Go ye . . . Lo, I am with you." "All the world . . . all the days "-so read command and promise. Was He not worthy of trust and utmost allegiance?

And there were others who thought as he did, friends and candidates of the Mission who gathered weekly for ' prayer at Beaumont Street. Ever since the outgoing of Mr. and Mrs. Meadows this meeting had been held on Saturday afternoons. Few though they were in number, the spirit of prayer was so outpoured that for a couple of hours at a time those fervent hearts went up in continued supplication. Thus as the silent years drew to a close, with their restraining providences and all their deepening and development, to the man upon his knees came at length some apprehension of that for which also he was apprehended of God.

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