12 SELECT SERMONS.
outpour of such of our race as are compelled to labor
or are in service in private families. The majority
of these require plain preaching put to them, unlike
that of the morning congregation ; hence his con¬
gregation is made up of two distinct qualities of peo¬
ple, combining every stage of human society, every
profession, vocation, as well as every ism and schism
among men. To be pastor of this church, therefore,
is to be a man such as we rarely stumble upon.
" From the day Rev. C. B. W Gordon took charge
of this church it has flourished. His first sermon
was from Matthew, 28th chapter and 20th verse,
using as a text these words : ' I am with you al¬
ways, even to the end of the world ;' the subject was
' The Redeemer's Promise.' He handled his sub¬
ject ably and eloquently, making three grand points.
"1. He noticed the sanctity of the promise, refer¬
ring to many proof-texts and comparisons.
• "2. He showed the authenticity of this promise.
" 3. The comfort this divine promise affords.
"In this sermon Rev. C. B. W Gordon did great
credit to himself and elicited many complimentary
remarks from all the papers published in the city
His preaching was full of wisdom, and abounded
with philosophy and practical life.
" Since he has been pastor of this church he has
created and put in motion a healthy stream of
morals, that is as clear of spots and as untarnished
as the shining rays of sunlight.
" Although the flower of youth has barely shed its
bloom, he nevertheless carries in his every-day walk
an undaunted solemnity that tells the world that his