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MIEN OF' CANADA.   43

REV. WM. BRIGGS, D. D., who

has recently been unanimously

elected for the fourth time

as Book Steward of the Methodist Church, is a native of the Emerald Isle. His parents were members of the Wesleyan Church. When about six years old he was taken to Liverpool, where he received his early education, being for some time under the training of the celebrated Dean Howson. His diligence as a student gave promise of great usefulness iu the future. In early boyhood he professed the faith of his parents and soon began to exercise his gifts. Eventually his name ap

peared on the local preach-

ers' list in the Liverpool circuit. In iS59 he was called to the ministry, and introduced to the Wesleyan Conference in Canada by the president, the late Rev. Dr. Stinson. Commencing his ministry iii the province of Quebec he came west-ward to such important centres as Montreal, Belleville, Cobourg, Toronto, London, and Hamilton, in some of which he was stationed more than one term. He has also been chairman of districts and president of the Toronto Conference. Dr. Briggs' early business training has been of immense benefit to him in his present position. Under his management the book room has become the largest publishing house in the Dominion. For well nigh half a century its head quarters were in King street, Toronto, until in-creasing business demanded greater space. Now `Ves-

ley buildings is one of the attractions of the Queen City of the West. In addition to his business engagements, Dr. Briggs preaches nearly every Sabbath in some part of Canada, and his pulpit ministrations, fresh and vigorous, are eagerly sought after. He is a man always ready to help in every good cause, who has the courage of his convictions, and is respected for his manly independence. Rarely do we find combined in one man such power to grasp the details of a large business, and at the same time, a pulpit eloquence which thrills the large audiences that constantly greet him.

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