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general character and standing, but especially the friendship and intimacy which subsisted between him and your pastor, influence me to improve the occasion of his death. In him, I have lost a most charming and edifying companion ; a warm, tender, and honest friend. Of him, I can say as David did of Jonathan, “I am dis“ tressed for thee my brother: very plea" sant hast thou been unto me?." Often have we held sweet communion with each other ; often gone up together to the house of our God; often worshipped him in private. He was a man whom I greatly esteemed; a brother in the ministry, whom I sincerely and most tenderly loved. His loss, therefore, I sensibly feel. It has left a vacancy
heart of the most painful kind.
he had preached to others; looking unto Jesus, he continued in the exercise of a lively hope and triumphant assurance, until he closed his labours and sufferings, and ascended, where joy, and peace, and love, for ever reign. The early removal of such a treasure-such superior talents—so much zeal and fortitude, blended with such amiable manners, and consecrated to the service of the divine Redeemer, is among the unaccountable dispensations of providence, to which it becomes us, with silent adoration, humbly to submit.”
1 2 Sam. i. 26.
His mind was rather sprightly than vigorous. His imagination was vivid, though under the control of a sound judgment. His disposition was amiable; his sensibility exquisite. His manners were affable; his feelings refined. The improvement which he had made in literature, was such as entitled him to no ordinary respect among his cotemporaries. To these natural and acquired endowments, grace had given a finish which art can never imitate. He was a Christian. Christ was his hope and his glory. He knew in whom he believed. The exercises of his mind were of that humbling kind which, while they destroy pride, bring the soul nearer to God.
The power of grace added to his natural disposition, fitted him admirably for social intercourse. His cheerfulness, his easy deportment, and his cultivated understanding, gave him a preponderance in social intercourse which falls to the lot of but few. His colloquial talents rendered him a most welcome companion in the circles of piety and intelligence. Whilst his presence lighted up the smile of pleasure in the eye
of the aged, the young hailed it with the most un
disguised satisfaction. Perhaps with these accomplishments he had so much vivacity, in the early part of his ministry as sometimes appeared to approach levity. When occasion, however, required, he was sufficiently grave. Towards the last of his life he became more habitually grave in the whole of his deportment. This, instead of diminishing his social qualities, rather directed them more immediately in their proper channel.
In the composition of his discourses, he displayed both power of mind, and extent of acquirements. At first, he indulged himself too much in the flights of imagination ; but for some years before his death, he corrected this mistake, so common among young men of genius, and became peculiarly instructive and edifying, especially to those who knew and loved the truth. It was Christ whom he was desirous of exalting, and the testimony of God concerning him, which he loved to declare, “ not with enticing words of man's wisdom, “ but in demonstration of the Spirit and of “
His delivery was greatly admired by many. It, however, at the first, partook too much of the vivacity of his disposition, and the imagination of his style, to be generally approved. As he became more grave in the one, and plain in the other, his eloquence became more and more that of the heart, which communicated its influence to the hearts of his hearers. He was not so much applauded, but the truths which he uttered were more generally felt.
As a member of our judicatories', he was highly respected by his brethren. When he spoke, old and young listened to him with attention and pleasure. His opinions always had weight. He thought and acted for himself, whilst he treated his fathers in the ministry with due deference, and arrogated no superiority over his com peers. Few men of his age have acquired so high a standing in the Church; few have been so universally beloved.
He is gone! But not before the partner of his bosom, the desire of his eyes, had been
Their separation, however,
1 At the time this sermon was delivered, the author was a minister of the Reformed Dutch Church.
was of short duration. They have rejoined each other under happier circumstances”, leaving their orphan children to the care of the Father of the fatherless.
Of the state of his mind under his afflictions, you may judge from the following extracts from some of his letters to me. God,
my covenant God, supported me in his
everlasting arms. My sighs and tears he “ enabled me to pour into his compassionate - bosom. While I mourn and feel great dis“ tress under this heavy bereavement,
his grace has been and will be sufficient for me. “ It teaches my soul to be silent and adore; “s to bless the hand divine which hath chas“ tened me sorely ; to justify all God's ways “ to me. Yes, dear brother in the Lord, I feel “ the sweets of heavenly resignation ; blessed “ be his name. I can say, with weeping
gratitude and unshaken confidence I can
say, here am I, and here are the dear “ children thou hast still left me; do with
me and with them whatsoever seemeth
good in thy sight. Thy will is my will ; “ and if my heart must bleed again, I " know everlasting love has made the good
m Mrs. Johnson died in the faith of the Gospel.