John Bunyan (1628-1688): His Life, Times, and Work

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APPRECIATION
OF THE
Late Rev. JOHN BROWN,
B.A. (Lond.), D.D. (Yale),
BY THE
Rev. J. D. JONES, C.H., D.D.

SINCE the last issue of this authoritative "LIFE OF JOHN BUNYAN" the revered author of it has passed away. It is therefore fitting that by way of foreword to this new edition of what is undoubtedly his magnum opus some brief account should be given of Dr. Brown himself.

The chief events of his life can be set forth in a few sentences, for it was not a life marked by much adventure or striking incident. John Brown was essentially the faithful pastor and patient student, and the course of life led him, for the most part, into green pastures and by still waters. He was born in Bolton, in Lancashire, in the year 1830. He was fortunate in his parents, both of them being earnest Christian people--his father being a deacon of Mawdesley Street Congregational Church and superintendent of the Sunday School for no less a space than fifty years. He was educated in such schools as Bolton then possessed, and at the end of his school years was apprenticed to a bookseller and printer in the town, who was a friend of his father's. The business was congenial to young John Brown, and in it he found opportunities for widening his acquaintance with literature and deepening his love for it. It was not long, however, before the call to the ministry came to him, and after a year of preparation--during which he matriculated in the University of London--John Brown entered the Lancashire Independent College in the autumn of 1851. The College had for its Principal, Dr. Robert Vaughan, a man of fine historical instinct, and of commanding oratorical power, and amongst its professors was Dr. Samuel Davidson, a pioneer amongst the critics--who had subsequently to resign his pro-

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