Sivut kuvina
PDF
ePub

We have thus ventured to name this busi. ness to our brethren, because we heard of none others who were intending to do so; and we have taken this step without consult ing others, simply because there was not time to do so. The impious negative which has been put upon the proposal for a national fast, seems to render it imperative upon us to wait no longer.

We are, dear brethren and friends, yours unfeignedly to love, and faithfully to serve,

GEORGE REDFORD,
J. A. JAMES.

dom, and they therefore regard it most necessary that the New Testament should be ready at hand for every one whom affliction may be the means of disposing to peruse it.

That while this Committee remember, with gratitude to Him who has crowned the past labours of the Society with good success, that there are countless multitudes now in possession of the Scriptures, who, humanly speaking, would not have possessed them but for the efforts of Bible Societies; they yet remember that in England generally, and in the metropolis especially, thousands of families still remain unsupplied.

That it be recommended to the committees of auxiliary and branch societies to communicate with their respective associations; and 10 appoint an immediate investigation into the wants of their neighbourhoods, and wherever they find a family destitute of the Scriptures to offer a copy of the New Testament with the book of Psalms as a loan.

That the expense of providing a loan stock for the above purpose be borne by the Parent Society.

Extracted from the Minutes.]

A. BRANDRAM, ? Secretaries.
J. HUGHES,

CHOLERA MORBUS. We cannot but highly approve of the fol. lowing resolutions of the British and Foreign Bible Society; they reflect much credit on the piety of its excellent Committee.

At a meeting of the Committee of the British and Foreign Bible Society, Nov. 21, 1831,

Resolved,- Thąt it be referred to the Sub. Committee for General Purposes to confer with the several auxiliary societies as to the practicability of supplying the whole of the poor, who are destitute of the New Testament, with a copy on loan, in order that in the event of the epidemic disease being permitted in the course of Divine Providence to visit their families, they may not be found without a copy of God's holy word; and that the Sub-Committee be authorised to direct the issue of such copies, for the above pur pose, as they may think proper.

At a meeting of the Sub-Committee, Nov. 25, 1831,

This Sub-Committee having taken into consideration the subject above referred to them, it was resolved,

That while this Committee have much satisfaction in knowing that in every place the necessary precautions are actively taken to prevent, if Divine Providence permit, the introduction of the Cholera, and that suitable preparations are also entered into to meet it should it appear, they do consider that there is a voice of the Almighty to be regarded in this visitation, and a duty to be performed by the British and Foreign Bible Society.

That this Committee record their devout conviction that the truths of the sacred voJume, when accompanied by Divine teaching, can minister patience and strong consolation under the severest sufferings, and prepare the immortal spirit for its departure to another world, by the reception of the knowledge they convey of Him who, “as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, was lifted up, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

That this Committee express their hope that when the hand of the Lord is listed up some may be led to consider their ways, and to desire the instructions of Heavenly Wis

AN ORIGINAL LETTER OF THE LATE VENE

RABLE DR. WAUGH. Mr. Editor,--Pray be so kind as to insert in your Magazine an original letter of the justly venerated Dr. Waugh. It is one of the last letters which his noble and benevolent heart dictated, and is signed by a hand, tremulous with the shaking of the tabernacle which was soon to be dissolved. Before the letter had reached its destination the happy spirit of its author had ascended to his God.

In the beautiful memoir of this holy man there is a slight reference to his visit to the West of England. There is one circumstance, however, connected with that visit, which I imagine was unknown to his biographers, but which Dr. Waugh ever regarded with peculiar delight--which he sometimes mentioned with his sparkling eyes streaming with tears—which he refers to in the accompanying letter with great affection--and which the writer and many others will have reason to bless God for through the countless ages of eternity. I presume it will be gratifying to your readers to be acquainted with this circumstance, and to the preachers of “ Missionary Sermons” it may furnish a fresh stimulus, to call loudly and earnestly on young disciples to devote themselves to the service of Christ among the heathen.

On the 13th of April, 1814, Dr. Waugh preached at Bridport. His text was,-“And it shall come to pass in that day that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mountain at Jerusalem.” The words “ ready to perish,” furnished him with solemn, awful, melting views of the miserable condition of the hea. then. The “ blowing of the great trumpet” drew forth every feeling of his mighty mind. He did blow it, indeed, with power and sweet ness too. It was the trumpet of the gospel. It suited him. He loved it. It was sweet melody from his lips. It proclaimed salvation! After expatiating for some time on this particular, he raised his voice with uncommon energy-his eyes flashed fire as he spake-he seemed as if he would have sprung over the pulpit to his auditors, while he exclaimed, ““ We want men of God to blow this great trumpet to the heathen, and we must have them. The heathen are ready to perish;' and they will perish if the great trumpet do not bring them the joyful sound. I say again, we want men of God to blow this greut trumpet, and we must have them.Then, after this peal of thunder, he paused, and, in a softened, melting tone, inquired, “Is there not one young disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ present, who has love enough in his heart to his Divine Master to volunteer his services, and to say, I will go ?” This word reached my heart-it penetrated my inmost soul. I silently said, “Yes, Lord, if thou wilt help me I will go. There is not in this congregation a greater debtor to mercy

and, perhaps, there is not one present, who has more ardently longed to be engaged in missionary work. If thou wilt accept me, O Lord, I will go.”

My honoured tutor and all his students were invited to dine with the ministers, but nothing appeared so desirable to me, with my present feelings, as a private room, where I might spend a few hours in meditation, and fasting, and prayer. This room was granted by the relatives of a dear fellow-student-and it was indeed a Bethel ; there I again said, “ Yes, Lord, if thou wilt help me I will go.” And I did go. And have I had cause to repent it?-0 no! O no! It has been a source of unutterable joy, and so, I doubt not, it will be for ever. And I recommend the service to young, warm-hearted disciples, as the happiest and the best in which your adorable Master can employ you. It may call you to make a little sacrifice, but it will be for the sake of Jesus ; and, when once made, it will be attended with that felicity which will make you live a heaven upon earth.

Now let me introduce to you the venerable Doctor's letter.

“My dear friend and brother, Your long and kind letter did me good. It was truly as cold water to a thirsty soul. When a man gets to seventy-four, and has spent nearly half a century of that in the fatigues of London, he feels his faculties to fade, his animal spirits to languish, the grasshopper to become a burden, and desire

of earthly good to fail. In this state of weakness and exhaustion a letter from a son (for in this light you have long stood before my eyes) soothes, strengthens, and animates my heart.

" The occasional information I receive of you at the Missionary Rooms must be ever interesting to me; and I exceedingly regret that to write is now become a heavy burden, and my scrawl, when finished, scarcely le. gible even to myself. But, my dear friend, we can meet, where, I trust, we daily do meet--at the throne of our Father and our God. We are now separated by seas which the hand of God will soon turn to stone; but, as St. Paul says, there is a gathering day coming, and it will be worth while to be gathered together on that day, for there will be no sin, and no separation. In the present state it is with some of us winter all the year round : our Siberian hearts, cold as your snows, and hard as your granite-but we'll get near the Sun by-and-by. Meanwhile, let us live by the faith of the future; let us live upon the arm of covenanted power, and make the grasp to be felt by the ardour of our confidence; then we may expect that strength will emanate from the arm we grasp, so that we shall almost lose the sense of our own weakness in the assurance that He on whom we leun is Almighty.

“Mr. Rahmn and my excellent countryman, Dr. Henderson, are both well, and eagerly engaged in their sacred work. The spirit of peace and love continues to shed his benign influence over our assemblies, and the stream of public generosity will, I humbly hope, by the time of the annual meetings, have supplied the deficiencies of the preceding year.

* As to my own family I have nothing to ask but the fulfilment of the promise, ‘I will pour out my Spirit on thy seed, and my blessing on thy offspring. One shall say, I am the Lord's, and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Jacob.'

“ The death of my dear son Alexander was accompanied with such evidences of high-toned personal piety, as to silence even the legitimate reluctances of paternal affection. His death was calm but triumphant; and his memory is still dear to good and discerning men.

" Since the union of the two bodies of the Secession Church things in the north have been managed with much peace and cordiality, and the efforts now making to introduce the light of Evangelical truth by our Synod into the dark places in the Highlands, and, also, to extend that instruction to our colonies in the western world, are, I hope, the dawn of a bright day.

“ You will be much pleased, also, that the cause of pure gospel truth is gaining ground in the Establishments in both ends of the island. But I must call a halt.

"I have the pleasure of introducing to

FOREIGN. the warmest nook of your heart a licentiate of our apostolic kirk. And now, my dear

VALLEYS OF PIEDMONT. young brother, I would leave you in the em

Extract of a Letter.- Paris. brace of new-covenant love ; and am to beg The note in the Evangelical Magazine of of you, that when you yourself get near the August last, to which you refer, and which throne you will remember me. I shall not

was probably written in consequence of a forget you. Ever affectionately yours, conversation with me, is generally correct. I Oct. 26, 1827.

Al. Waugh.”. visited the valleys with the desire both of inV. B. In page 219 of the memoir, the forming myself perfectly on the state of the Doctor says, “We are almost as far from

churches, and of contributing to restore peace the apostles of Jesus Christ in fervour of

and toleration. Alas! I learnt that recolspirit as we are in distance of time, or multi

lections and illusions may not only give charm tudes would have offered themselves [for

to a narrative, but aggravate the contrast missionaries] long ago." Reader, is this

which realities present. Ancient symbols assertion true? If it be true, what a shame!

en and discipline-the records of sacrifices and A MISSIONARY.

sufferings for the truth-will not supply the absence of spiritual instruction and of Di.

vine influence; and I had often to lament ORDINATION.

over a population, very partially enlightened, On Wednesday, Dec. 14, the Rev. Wm. and almost wholly occupied with the cares Legg, A. B., of the Universities of Glasgow and interests of the world. and Aberdeen, and late of the Theological I had opportunities of seeing nearly all the Academy, under the care of the Rev. Greville ministers, and almost all those of the valley Ewing and Dr. Wardlaw, was ordained as of Luzerne together; all lamented the state co-pastor with the Rev. Archibald Douglas of their people, and nearly all professed warm over the congregational church, Broad Street, attachment to the faith of the founders of Reading, Berks. The Rev. R. Bolton, of their churches. Mr. Bert, pastor of La Tour, Henley, commenced the services of the day had just published a catechetical work, to by reading the Scriptures and prayer ; the which he had annexed the confession of faith Rev. J. B. Pearce, of Maidenhead, delivered and the manifesto of the Vaudois churches, the introductory discourse on the principles published in 1655. These pastors expressed of dissent, asked the usual questions, and re- iheir disapprobation of the violence and intoceived from Mr. Legg an interesting account lerance that had dishonoured St. Jean, and of his conversion and his confession of faith; bore testimony to the piety and good intenthe Rev. A. Douglas then offered up the tions of those persons whose conduct and ordination prayer with much affection and more zealous profession of religion they did solemnity ; and the Rev. John Morison, not vindicate in every act and word, and with D.D., of London, gave the charge from whose sufferings the readers of the Evange1 Tim. iv. 16, “ Take heed unto thyself and lical Magazine are acquainted.* I endeaunto the doctrine;" which, from the prac- voured, in several interviews with the pastor tical lessons it afforded, and the kind affection and the principal persons of the church, held it displayed, prompted by early attachment both privately and publicly, to obtain entire to the individual to whom it was addressed, oblivion of the past, and, for the future, that could scarcely have been surpassed in utility those members of the church whose social and interest. The Doctor concluded the meetings had given so much offence, should morning service with prayer. In the even- be allowed the use of the temple or the ing, the Rev. T. Styles, of Marlow, opened school for the instruction of children and the the services by reading the Scriptures and exercise of prayer. Promises made, and prayer ; the Rev. George Clayton, of Wal- even written in the hope, it is probable, of worth, delivered a most impressive discourse obtaining the establishment of the college, from Deut. i. 38, “ Encourage him ;' in for which contributions have been raised in which he detailed the discouragements of England, in the commune of St. Jean,) have the Christian ministry, and urged on the remained, I am sorry to say, unfulfilled ; and people the duty they owed to their pastor, in violence, such as would have disgraced the a manner as faithful and forcible as the obli. most irreligious and the most vulgar assemgations of the pastor to his people had been blies, has been exercised against the mienforced on him in the morning. The Rev. nority, which manifested on every occasion W. M. Harvard, of Reading (Wesleyan), on which I was present, a patience, a humiclosed the services of the day by prayer. In lity, and a docility worthy of the gospel. By the course of the services hymns were given this violence and these retractations the out by the Rev. Messrs. Caston, J. H. breach was widened; and those whose conHinton, A. M., of Reading (Baptist), T. sciences and liberties were violated, deter. Stamper, of Uxbridge, and Wardle, of mined to separate themselves from the church Thatcham; and the large and commodious chapel was crowded in both parts of the day, * See Evan. Mag. Jan. 1830.

VOL. X,

[ocr errors]

as at present administered. They reclaimed the ancient discipline and doctrine of that church, and requested to be permitted to commune in churches of which the pastors were known to believe and preach the truth of the divinity of the Saviour's person. This permission being refused by the Table, or directory of the churches, they felt it to be their duty to commune among themselves.

Last year a young minister, Mr. Gay, lately ordained and expecting to be appointed by the Table to a church, returned into the valleys. At first he determined to act on the presumption, that his Christian friends might have conducted themselves imprudently, and that the opposition they experienced was directed rather against the mode than the principle of their religious profession; but when he was convinced that it was because they “ lived godly in Christ Jesus, that they sute fered persecution,” he openly espoused their cause and associated in their meetings. He has become the object of dislike ; and I am sorry to add, that the pulpits are generally shut against him, and that the Table has not appointed him to a church, as he might have expected. Some months since, a certain number of the Vaudois of St. Jean resolved to notify officially to the civil authorities their intention to form a separate assembly for the celebration of worship, and for the observance of the ordinances of Christianity. The communion was administered, for the first time, to this assembly last Whit Sunday, and since that period the authorities have protected these conscientious and pious per

sons in the exercise of their religious rights and duties. From love to the gospel, and zeal for the glory of their Saviour, these humble worshippers have, as a body, exposed themselves to many trials of mockings and sufferings ; as individuals, several have been obliged to forego domestic comfort and protection, and, with their minister, to leave father and mother, for the sake of Christ; and as a church, they have no resources for the support of a minister or of their poor, but such as they find in their poverty and in the promise and grace of Jesus. The commune of St. Jean is the richest of the valley; and, as a proof of this fact, I may mention, that when a subscription to the college was set on foot, the Vaudois of that commune offered to give 8000 francs, provided the college was established in their commune. Had the spirit of true Christianity its influence, the resources of this commune might be most beneficially directed for the intellectual and spiritual amelioration of the valleys. Unhappily, its worldly pre-eminence now renders its example the more injurious. In several communes there are individuals and families who unite in sentiment and affection with the few persecuted of St. Jean; but they are not sufficiently numerous to hold assemblies, and the inhabitants of St. Jean are not allowed to act to any extent beyond their own commune. In stating to you these few facts, I wish to guard you against misapprehension, and to excite anew your prayers and those of your friends for this interesting people.

M. W.

OBITUARY.

MR. THOMAS WONTNER.

with unabated zeal, notwithstanding much Mr. Thomas Wontner, of Tibberton Square, opposition and ill-treatment. On the expiraIslington, was born at Leominster, in the tion of his apprenticeship he came to London, county of Hereford ; he served his appren- and eventually commenced business in the ticeship to a hat-maker in the city of Wor- Ninories in 1772. Here, under the smiles of cester. It was before this engagement termi. a gracious Providence, which he never failed nated that he was brought to a knowledge of gratefully to acknowledge, his industrious the gospel, by hearing the Rev. Mr. Bid. attention was crowned with success ; and he dulph preach at Tibberton from 2 Tim. iii. 4. conscientiously devoted a portion of his proHiš previous habits were, upon the whole, perty the remainder of his days to promote regular, and a regard to truth having been the cause of the Redeemer's kingdom, and to strongly impressed on his mind by the early aid the necessities of the poor by public and instructions of his mother, it laid the foun private acts of benevolence. To many valudation of that strict integrity which marked able institutions he was personally and prachis active course. It is very remarkable that tically attached during his extended life, the sermon which was blessed to his conver. He was one of the managers of the chapel in sion was also made useful to one who after the Mulberry Gardens, erected by the Coun. wards proved his endeared companion for tess of Huntingdon, of honoured memory, fifty-three years. His natural character was · and continued his energetic and devout suited to encounter difficulties, with many of exertions in that congregation about forty which he had often to contend. Frúm the years, until circumstances arose which intime of his experiencing the power of vital duced him to become a member of the religion his conduct was regulated by the church at Lower Street, Islington, under principles of the Bible, to which he adhered the pastoral care of the Rev. Joseph Yock

ney, soon after the decease of his beloved wife, in the year 1823. At the beginning of the present year he was chosen a Deacon of that Christian community-an office, the duties of which he was pre-eminently suited to fulfil; and his labours of love in the neigh. bourhood will be long remembered by the objects of his kind attention and Christian solicitude. In the summer a gradual decay of bodily strength was apparent, till, at the close of October, he was attacked by severe disorder, and his aged frame progressively sunk under the shock. During his illness his mind was delightfully calm and composed; he expressed his cordial acquiescence in his heavenly Father's will; but evidently seemed to be looking and longing to be released. To him the king of terrors had no terror; and though, from weakness, he could not say much, when he did speak his expressions indicated the firmness of his faith and his love to the Saviour. His answers to questions put to him were always cheerful and satisfactory. On receiving a visit from his highly-esteemed pastor, on one occasion, he asked him if he might carry his love to the church; he raised himself, with some effort, in his bed, and, with affectionate energy, said, “A whole heart of love." To an inquiry, at another time, how he felt, he replied, “Still in the land of the living, longing to be gone.” To the question, “ Are you in pain ?” “ No.” It was then said to him, “That is a comfort.” He rejoined, “It is a mercy.” The same individual added, “ You are right; I stand corrected.” To which, with his usual kindness, he answered, “We should correct one another in love." Upon one saying to him, “Have you any fear of death?” he, with much emphasis, said, “ No, none." Looking on some of his family, he expressed himself thus : “ I love you all in the Lord; I pray for you; I pray God to sanctify you wholly." And when those near expressed a hope that his prayers might be answered, he added, “ Christ's prayers it is all Christ.” He was much pleased with hearing a favourite hymn repeated, “How sweet the name of Jesus sounds; and at another time, that hymn beginning with “ Jesus, lover of my soul.” Being addressed as likely soon to be in glory, he exclaimed, “What an honoura poor sinner like me!” In fine, he was the same man dying that he was when living -a humble believer. The kingdom of Christ was much on his heart; and petitions offered up for the diffusion of the gospel seemed to engage his whole soul. It might truly be said of him, that he loved all that loved the Lord Jesus Christ. Having for several days declined to take any nourishment, his strength sunk, till he sweetly fell asleep in Jesus early on the morning of the 10th of November, without a struggle or a groan-his happy spirit thus taking its flight, and entering upon a glorious immortality. To his family, his

friends, and the church he has left an ex. ample of a long, useful, honourable, and happy life, spent in the service and to the glory of Christ--the Master he so faithfully served. Mr. Wontner was 84 on the 12th of Sept. last. ---

MRS. MARIA HADLOW Was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Blake, of Sherborne, in the county of Dorset, where she resided till she was about ten years of age. She had the advantage of a religious education, and the impressions thus made were never effaced. In 1817 she came to London, and in 1819 was united in marriage to her now bereaved partner. Her former connexion was with the church of Christ assembling at Hoxton college ; in 1827 she joined the church at Clapton, then under the pastoral care of the Rev. H. Evison. In her letter to the church on that occasion, she says, “If I have tasted that the Lord is gracious, he has drawn me to himself by the cords of love, for I cannot date my conversion from any remarkable period or circumstance. I feel, however, that we all are by nature evil in the sight of a just and holy God, and that every moment of our lives there is some sin of omission or commission to be repented of. I know that my own heart is full of rebellion and enmity to God, and that without the intercession of a Mediator, I never can come into his presence. I feel that unbelief exists there, so that I am obliged continually to cry, “Lord, increase my weak faith, I beseech thee! O God, create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me. As a sinner, I know I cannot be just in the sight of God, but through the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ; through that righteousness alone I hope to stand before a pure and holy God with acceptance. My desire to become a member of a Christian church, of which privilege I am totally unworthy, springs, I hope, as far as I know myself, from a desire to manifest my love to Him who has died for sinners, and given even me a hope of salvation. He has commanded his disciples to commemorate his death till he come ; and I hope, in paying obedience to this command, to enjoy his divine presence, and thus go on my Christian course with rejoicing. I am aware, that fresh obligations will be laid upon me; but I must, and, with Divine as. sistance, will endeavour to discharge them, that I may enjoy the privileges of being in communion with God's people. I have only now, Sir, to request, which I do most earnestly, that you, as my pastor, will pray most fervently for me that I may endure to the end, and grow in grace, and at last be among the redeemed before the throne.” This her earnest request has been complied with. She has been enabled to endure to the end. Her conduct has been uniformly consistent: she has been enabled to adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour, as a member of this church.

« EdellinenJatka »