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on in the work of the Lord, without appear in the former part of the anxiety on this ground ! Serve him by volume : there is the same deep the day, and trust him by the day: seriousness of mind, the same unrenever dinch a service because nothing is mitied attention to objects of the paid for it: and when you want it in reality, you or yonr's
, he will pay it. highest importance, the same holy David Brown did much gratis in India :
confidence in the promises of God, the East Iodia Company raised a mono
the same kindness of disposition, ment for the old bachelor Swartz; but which we have previously witnessthey made provision for Mr. B.'s large ed. He seemed to live merely to family!....
do good; and was anxious only, ' Among other things, I received a that when his Lord should come, most friendly letter from Mr. Richard.
he should find him “ so doing." son, inquiring into my circnmstances, of The great principles by which he which frieuds at York had received
was aclualed, were the same which some report. I stated, that I bad all and abounded, and did not wish to trou.
had so long and so happily inble my friends further, except as sub. fluenced bis mind; but we feel, on scribers to the works. But I, next perusing these pages, as if our later letter, received 1151. as a present!-I intercourse with this good man was have had 3501. from Bristol, where I yet more interesting than that thonght my rudeness had givev offence; wbich had gone before, and as if besides orders for a hundred copies of the nearer he approached to his the works!'” “ Another letter to my brother, ten
everlasting home, the more affecdays afterwards, states that Mr. Cooke
tionate were his regards, and the had remitted 2001. more from Bristol !
more elevating and attractive were and my father adds in a postscript-
bis observations. “ . February 25, 1814.
I have re
The passages which we subjoin ceived at least 20001. as presents in lit.
are extracted from his letters. We tle more than two months, besides the deem it unnecessary to explain the sale of books ! You see how easily occasions on which they were God can provide. Trust in the Lord, written: it is sufficient vhat they and do good; dwell in the land, and unfold to us the mind and characverily thou shalt be fed. You cannot
ter of the writer, and convey at the do a better service to the world, than
same time some lessons which are by bequeathing to it a well-educated family. Let this be your care; the rest
well worthy to be remembered. will be the Lord's.'”
pp. 418-420. “ 'I cannot express,' he says, 'how
much the death of Mr. H. Thornton afSo practical was his principle of fects me; even as the death of some trust in God ! so unreservedly did near relation. I feel low and grieved he act upon it, and so abundantly whenever I think of it: but the Lord is was it blessed!
wise and faithful. The Lord reward During his remaining years, be upon bis fatherless children all his was, on account of increasing infir- kindness to me and mine ! -As far as mities, confined to the immediate either your concerns or mine are im. neighbourhood of his home, and plicated, it is a fresh lesson on the adalmost entirely to his own village. breath is in his nostrils. When the rusl.
monition, Cease ye from man, whose Sull, however, the powers of his light in my chamber goes out, it is dark; mind retained all their vigour; and but that darkness leads me to expect he never ceased to employ bis pen the dawn and the sun.
All things will till that period arrived, when he be right at last, if we be right. Nothing could work no longer.
is of much consequence but eternity.'”, The lellers which he wrote in the p. 432. interval, previously to his last ill.
«« March 7, 1814. I am much obliged ness, form a considerable part of to you for yonr kind inquiries after my the 15th chapter. It might be suffi- for me in this respect : but I especially
health, and to all my friends who pray cient to say of them, they are of the need and value prayer for me, that I same character with those which inay be carried through the last stage or
my pilgrimage, in a manner which may of satan; subjoining a sort of earnest adorn and honour the Gospel of God our request, to be enabled to be revenged Saviour.
on these enemies, by more vigorous and I am enabled to spend al successful efforts in the cause of God... most as much time in my studies, and Temptations follow tempers; and satan with my pen, as heretofore; and to offi- has awfully prevailed against some perciate in my little church as formerly. sons of a reasoning turn of mind.-Such Indeed I wish I were as well able in Ibings used to barass me much more mind as in body, to answer the inquiry than they do at present; I would hope which you so reluctantly propose to me: because I take a better method of getbut this is by no means the case. All ting deliverance from them. ... In gemy experience, and observation, and neral I consider them as temptations to study, wholly fail to teach me how to unbelief, contrary to the fullest proof keep together a congregation, which is conceivable; the remains of the sceptiprejudiced against some part of that in. cism of our hearts, wrought upon by sastruction which faithfulness renders it tanical influence, as the waves of the my duty to inculcate. It seems to me sea are by the wind; and to be overcome as hopeless, as to give the farmer coun- only by the sword of the Spirit, which sel how he may use his fan, and yet not is the word of God–Thus lessen the heap of corn and chaff on his WRITTEN; and by earnest prayer, barn-floor. Even in respect of opinions Ipbogen Mos aisy, Increase my faith! abont adult baptism introduced lately Help mine unbelief! .... I every day in my little congregation, all the plans find cause to bless God for protection which I have devised seem wholly to from the assaults of these enemies in fail, in respect of keeping together even this respect; of which I formerly had those who received their first religious dire experience. 'O make strong thine impressions mder my ministry. I have hedge about me!'-(Job. i. 10.)"" pp. prayed much respecting it, and varied- 440, 441. my plans : but yet my people continue "May 9, 1816. I am quite a prito leave me; especially the newly. soner in this place; but can reach the awakened, who, I fear, go to be lulled church, and preach nearly as usual. I asleep again by immersion, and joining can also write, and read, and study, a Baptist congregation in the next vile many hours in a day; but always upeasy Jage.
and weary. My sight, however, and « • In all cases, as far as my exped my faculties seem unimpaired; though I rience and observation reach, they who bear badly, walk clumsily and with have received partial religious instruc pain, and do not suppose I sball ever tion, and, as it were, made up their try to ride more. I have, however, numinds to it, will hear a new minister so merous and most valuable mercies, and long as he tells them what they already only need a more holy and thankful know or believe. This is the standard heart. I am now in my seventieth year; by which they try his doctrine : but, if and have outlived almost all who were he attempts to rectify their errors, how. my contemporaries, and many of my ever manifest, and with whatever ability juniors, in the ministry. . . . All my and candour he does it; or to instruct care and prayers about my own children their ignorance, however palpable; in this respect (their conversion) are they will take offence, and probably transferred to niy sixteen grand-chilforsake his ministry; accusing himn of dren. • . I desire, and, I trust, shall some deviation from sound doctrine, as not in vain desire, the help of your their reason for so doing. Yet, without prayers, both for them and myself that their errors be rectified, or their defi. I may close well. .... It might be es: ciencies supplied, or their characters. pected that I should write to each of improved, their attendance is wholly in them, and talk particularly to them, pp. 436, 437.
when I see them, in the way you wish “ • I have, for many years, when as. me to write to your children; but I sailed by barassing mental temptations, either never had the proper talent for taken occasion from them to leave, as it this kind of service, or I have quite lost were, my own personal concerns, and it. I pray for them, and say a few to enlarge especially, after, or even things to such as come to see me : and during their prevalence, in supplica, they seem very much attaebed to me : tions for the extension of the kingdom but I seem ashamed that I feel no li of Christ, and for the subversion of that berly of being more explicit with them.
I trust, however, their parents supply However, withont determining any my lack of service. I seem to have lost thing in that respect, nay, supposing my talent of prattling with children, your's ten times the greater, the differjust as I have my adroitness in nursing.ence is nothing to the Almighty Sa.
Yon must, in this respect, tell your viour, whose strength is perfected in children what you think I would say or
our weakness. Trust in him; submit; write to them. I will send you a few call upon him: wait for him. Persevere of my later publications ... and, if you in endeavouring to win over all around meet with anght too Calvinistic, you yon to say, We will go with you, for must skip it.'" pp. 443, 414.
God is with yon. I hope I do not for, .“. On the whole, I cannot but feel get you daily in my prayers, or any of and consider myself as a man that has yours. Pray for me and mine.""—pp. been peculiarly prospered of God; and 466, 467. I desire to z-knowledge this with hum
“' " When I received yours, I was just ble and devout gratitude. Yes, good. beginning to recover from a rather danness and mercy have followed me all gerous attack of sore throat and fever, the days of my life. Whatever my feel. which reduced me so much, that 1 fully ings may at any time be-and my situa. expected to have been delivered from tion and infirmilies, and perhaps also the burden of the flesh before my suffermy turn of mind, expose me, at times, ing sister. Two Sundays I have been to considerable gloom and depression silent; I mean to try to preach once to: I have not all that enjoyment which I morrow, but feel very incompetent; and could earnestly desire; yet this is my
am convinced my work is nearly done. deliberate judgment. Yea and, on
I am, however, now left, beyond all prothe whole, I cari add with good confi- bability, tlie only survivor of our nnmedence, not only they have followed. rous family—tottering on the brink of but goodness and mercy shall follow me
the grave. So soon passeth it away and all the days of my life, and I shall dwell we are gone. Oh that I could adopt in the house of the Lord for ever.''
St. Paul's words uuder allNone of pp. 464, 465.
these things move me, &c. : but, alas! "• I find,' he says, 'in my own case,
I am like an old vessel, shattered by though in many respects surronnded many storms, and now scarcely able to 'with uncommon mercies, that I have
stand a moderate gale of wiod. Pray great need of patience, amidst infirmi.
for me, that I may have more faith, ties, and pains, and, worse than all, hope, longing love, patience, submission, temptations, and conflicts with the re.
meekness, &c.'" pp. 475, 476. mainder (I hope ovly tlie remainder) of indwelling sin: 80 that I am often
In addition to other letters in disposed to dejection, and consequently this part of the work, which will be to impatience and anthankfulness, and read with much interest, we should sometimes peevishness. Yet, on the be glad, if our limits would allow it, whole, I think my trials and conflicts to insert a very instructive lelter, quicken me in prayer; endear the Sa- addressed to the vicar of a large viour and salvation to me; render me parish, on the subject of Prayer more tender and compassionate to others, when suffering and tempted; it is, that if a clergyman caunot
Meetings. The general purport of bring me more acquainted with the pro- conduct these meetings without obmises and engagements of the new co. venant; and lead me to rely on them taining an exact conformity to his more simply and unreservedly, notwith- own regulations, it is belier that standing difficulties and discourage. he should leave them, and those ments. As Mr. Newton once said to an concerned in them, to take their inquirer,ʻI think I am somewhat poorer own course, neither directly supthan I was.' And, while I encourage porting nor opposing them. Mr. inyself in this way in the Lord my God, Scott speaks on the ground of his and hope, in opposition to my feelings, as if all were against me,) that all is
own personal observation and exworking together for my good; what perience; and should any judicious working together for my good ; what member of the Established Church can I say more appropriate to animate, counsel, and solace you? Yon have be induced to question the soundtrials, indeed, which I have not : but ness of this judgment, when thus the heart knoweth its own bitterness. briefly delivered, we doubt Hot Hat a perusal of the whole letter would third year, and I would not complain ; bring him to Mr. Scott's opinion. for surely goodness and mercy have
During the period embraced in followed me all my days....But, be. this chapter, Mr. Scott was chiefly
sides sickness, my employments are a
more full excuse for not writing letters, occupied in revising his Bible, with the view to a new edition; and in sheets every week : on an average, each
tlian most have :-four or five proof preparing a Concordance. or the
costs one or other of its six hours rezeal with which, under all his infir- vising : this besides preparing an equal mities, he still continued his la- quantity of copy, and other engage. bours, some notion may be formed ments. One in Psalms, that arrived from his own brief statements. last night, has taken me np already al.
most four hours, and will take up others “ ' December 10, 1818. Preparing of us above three hours inore. But it copy, five sheets (forty quarto pages) is a good and even pleasant employment, a week, and correcting proofs, together and I rejoice in ii.'”—pp. 467, 468. with the desire of the partners to have the Concordance carried on, purposing
The Concordance he lived not ere very long to begin to print it, (as to finish. After years of labour much approving the plan of a revised and considerable expense, he finally specimen which I sent,) makes me relinquished it, with the view of shrink undnly from letter writing. I attending to matters which appear
ed to bim, in the decline of life, of than I now do.'” “ • February 18, 1819.
superior importance. A few month,
Never was a manufactory more full of constant it seems, might have completed the employmeut, than our house : five proofs undertaking; but he deliberately a week to correct, and as many sheets determined, in this respect, to take of copy to prepare : and, alas ! Mr. his labour for bis pains : and Cruseems to stand his part, as to health, den, with all his deficiencies-most worse than I do. The first volume is valuable certainly notwithstanding nearly finished, and hope much im. them all-must, for the present, be proved : yet I feel more and more dis. the great work of appeal as to Scripsatisfied, as discernivg more and more
tural references. We are happy, the defects. What I have lately been finishing off, as to the Concordance, is however, to learn, that the profully approved : but I can do so little jected work, although left incomnow, that I fear it will never be plete by Mr. Scott, is not likely to finished.......
be abandoned : his son informs us,
hands of the person best qualified and ready.'”
April 23, 1819. Nearly a week to turn them to account, if that I was so far confined to my bed as to
should be judged practicable and do nothing. Two Sundays I was dis. expedient. abled from preaching : and last Sunday,
We bave thus far scen this good with great difficulty, I performed one man gradually advancing in his service. I have also recovered hitherto, Christian.course, and, as beincreased very slowly, and am continually barass- in knowledge and experience, eaed by sickness; so that I neither have nifesting more abundantly the grace appetite for food, nor take any without of God that was in bim, audi befear of very uneasy consequences. Yet; coming more and more meet for the I have gradually been restored to my inheritance of the saints in light. usual ability of studying, and fill up my hours nearly as before ; but with in. The 101b cbapter details to us The creasing debility and weariness. This, account of his last illueşs and dealb; indeed,
must be expected in my seventy: and if in any case we may apply to
the dying Christian those familiar We cannot pass over this little jines of Walts, which compare his de- incident without reminding both. parture to the setting of the sun, we ourselves and our readers of the ihink that an instance will seldom time and the place, in which this be found in which they are more expression of humility occurred. appropriate than the present. It was not in a crowded and popu“ As he comes nearer to finish his race,
lar congregation, where some lurkLike a fine setting sun, he looks richer ing worldly motive might tempt a
man to use sentiments of self-abaseAnd gives a sure hope, at the end of his ment which he did not feel; it was days,
not the language of contrition, howOf rising in brighter array." ever sincere, on the part of a young
The narrative of this chapter is convert, who had hitherto done derived partly from information nothing in the church of Christ : communicated by those wbo were it was the prayer of one who, for in constant habits of intercourse a period of nearly fifty years, had with Mr. Scott, and partly from given bimself, with all his powers, the very excellent sermons preach- 10 the work of the ministry; of pered on ibe occasion of his death by haps the first Biblical scholar of his old and valued friend, the Rev. his time; of a man who, both by Daniel Wilson.
his preaching, his example, his We gather from these sources of writings, his encouragement of intelligence, that the event which was every great project for the converto terminate his earthly course had sion of the heatheo world, and his long been anticipated; and thai hie unwearied and indefatigable labours viewed its approach with calmness in every department of the Chris. and tranquillity. He preached more tian ministry, had done more to tban once, with an evident re- adorn the Gospel which he taught, ference to himself, from the words than almost any man of the age. of St. Peter, Knowing that I must It was in a retired nook of the shortly put off this tabernacle; kingdom, in the humble parsonage and expressed in private, bis per- of a sequestered parish, which could suasion, that nature was giving way, number of all classes but seventy and his wish, if such were God's souls,-among a few simple people, will, to be at home. As his infirmi. who had met lo receive from him ties increased, he became the more the plainest instruction,--a little earnest in prayer that God would assembly, at which all that is great support him in his sutferings; and and aspiring in the land would that he might not, as life wore away, bave looked down with contempt; say or do any thing that should it was under circumstances like dishonour his holy profession. these, and we can conceive none
The last sermon he preached was more likely to call forth the genuine delivered on Sunday, March 4, 1821, feelings of his heart, that this venefrom the text, He that spared not rable minister, whose works were his own Son, but delivered him up read with delight in distant regions for us all, how shall he not with him of the earth, could apply to himself also frecly give us all things? In the exclamation of the penitent, the evening he expounded a pas- God be merciful to me a sinner! sage of Scripture as usual to several What a picture is this of Christian of his parishioners at the rectory. humility! What a beautiful exemThe subject of that night was the plification of that lowly temper parable of the Pharisee and the which should distinguish the miPublican; and he applied to him. nister of Christ, even in the season self in a very affecting manner ile of his most successful exertions ! prayer of the penitent Publican, From this period he began to God be merciful to me a sinner. be so much indisposed as to excite