Brethren Archive
The Year 1907

Father and Son

by Edmund Gosse

Classic and tragic detailing his childhood under naturalist Phillip Henry Gosse (and Emily Gosse) who was part of the Open Brethren. Gives some fascinating insights into practical details of how the Brethren lived and conducted meetings at the time. A real must read!

Tom said ...
Although it is a tragic account, it can be very amusing in places;

"There was, for instance, a writer on prophecy called Jukes, of whose works each of my parents was inordinately fond, and I was early set to read Jukes aloud to them. I did it glibly, like a machine, but the sight of Jukes's volumes became an abomination to me, and I never formed the outline of a notion what they were about."

"I read the Bible every day, and at much length. Also, with I cannot but think some praiseworthy patience, a book of incommunicable dreariness, called Newton's "Thoughts on the Apocalypse." Newton bore a great resemblance to my old aversion, Jukes, and I made a sort of playful compact with my Mother that if I read aloud a certain number of pages out of "Thoughts on the Apocalypse," as a reward I should be allowed to recite my own favourite hymns."
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