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ing having suddenly dropped times and circumstances vary, down dead, he presented the we must vary the expressions ou ner, who was much dejected both of our zeal and charity. It at his loss, with the horse on is the spirit that actuated him which his servant rode ; and the which I am chiefly anxious to map hesitating, “Take him, take recommend : and I have record. him," said he ; "6 you shall payed the instances in which that for him when I demand the mon. spirit was displayed, rather to ey.” For his parishioners and prove the strength of principle their families, he kept, at cer.' which produced them, than to tain seasons of the year, three point them out as indicating the open tables, one for the gen. · best mode in which the same tlemen, one for the farmers, and principle may be now exerted. a third for the laborers. Be. But no part of his character sides which, strangers and tray deserves more to be recorded, ellers always found at bis house than his fervent piety. This io. a ready welcome. At the same deed was the source and support time, well knowing that frugali. of all his other virtues. Religion ty is the true support of charity, he regarded as his main concern he regulated all his expenses with on earth. The attainment, there. the utmost care and strictness. fore, of holiness, both of heart So much struck was the great and life, became his chief, his lord Burleigh with the whole invariable study. In all his in. of Mr. Gilpin's domestic ar. vestigations of religious truth, rangements, particularly the he considered himself as pursumethodical appropriation of his ing the means of acquiring a time and property; and with greater conformity to the will of the rare union of economy and of God. And when his views, hospitality, of simplicity of man. whether they had respect to his ners and generosity of conduct, belief or his practice, were once which he displayed, as well as settled by a diligent examination with the superior nature of Mr. of Scripture, they became from Gilpin's enjoyments, and the that time his principles and rules extent of the benefits he confer- of action. All about him was red on others; that he is said Christian, formed on such mo. to have exclaimed, on leaving tives and directed to such ends Houghton after a visit, “ There as christianity requires. It was is the enjoyment of life indeed! his daily care to do the will of Who can blame that man for not God; and on his providence he accepting a bishopric? What placed an undeviating reliance does he want to make him great. in every changing circumstance er, or happier, or more useful of life ; being easy, resigned, to mankind ?"

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and even cheerful, under the It may be proper to remark heaviest trials. Such trials be in this place, that in detailing the viewed as sent by God, to bring itinerant exertions of Mr. Gil. us to a sense of our misconduct; pin, and his particular acts of and to quicken us to a more decharity, it is not my purpose to vout and holy life : be therefore hold him out as the indiscrimi. made them the occasion of more pate object of imitation. As than ordinary assiduity in exam.

ining his past life, in order to life be a continual rebellion discover in what point of duty against God and his holy will, he had been chiefly defective. such as there be a great number

But, amidst all this progress and hath been in all ages, St. in the divine life, one is struck Paul wipeth them clean away, with the humility, day, with the saying, Christ hath become sal. abasement of soul, which appears vation,' not to all, but to all in some of his letters. His dis. them that obey him.' Let no trust of himself seems to have man, therefore, flatter and de. kept pace with his confidence in ceive himself. If we will chal. God; and the grief of mind lenge the name of Christ's disci. which he expresses on the occa. ples, if we will worthily possess sion of any failure in duty, or the glorious name of Christians, any transgression of the law of we must learn the lesson of our God, gives a lively idea of a Master,-to be occupied in our heart deeply humbled, and even heavenly Father's business ; broken, on account of sin. which is to fly our own will,

An extract from one of Mr. which is a wicked and a wanton Gilpin's sermons still extant, will, and wholly to conform our. will afford the reader some idea selves to his will, saying, as we of his doctrinal views.

are taught, thy will be done.'» “After that our first parents,” “Such,” to use the language says the preacher, 66 through of Mr. William Gilpin, of whose disobedience and sin, had blotted account I have availed myself and disfigured the lively image throughout the whole of this of God whereunto they were sketch; “Such was the life and created, and might have lived character of this excellent man. alway in a conformity to the will A conduct so agreeable to the of God; man was never able to strictest rules of religion, gained apply himself to God his Fath. him among his contemporaries er's business, nor yet so much as the title of the Northern Apostle. to know what appertained there. And indeed the parallel between to- the natural man,' saith St. him and St. Paul was striking. Paul, perceiveth not the things His quitting corrupt doctrines, of the Spirit of God'-till Christ, in the utmost reverence of which the very true image of God the he had been educated; the per. Father, did come down and took secutions he met with for the man's nature upon him : which sake of his integrity; the danger descent, as he declareth, was to be often ran of martyrdom ; his fulfil for us the will of his Fath. contempt of the world ; his un. er ; that like as by the disobe. wearied application to the busi. dience of one man many were ness of his calling; the extensive made sinners, so by the obedi. field in which his labors were ence of one (Christ) many might employed; and the boldness and be made righteous, what time as freedom with which he reproved he became obedient unto death, the guilty, whatever their for. even the death of the cross.' tunes or their stations were ; Which obedience, lest carnal might justly characterize him a men should challenge to suffice truly apostolical person.” S. for themselves, howsoever their

MEMOIR OF THE LATE REV. JOHN thor of the very excellent ser.

GILLIES, D. D. MINISTER IN mons which bear his name. Mrs. THE COLLEGE CHURCH or G. like her father, was blessed GLASGOW.

with a sweet and lively temper

of mind ; she also resembled høy Mr. Editor,

worthy parent in being a devout DR. GILLIES was the son of Christian. By that very amiable the Rev. Mr. John Gillies, min. wife the doctor had eight chil. ister of Carriston, in the pres. dren, of whom there are only bytery of Brechin, and of Mrs. two alive ; one of these is Mr. Mary Watson, who was descend. Gillies, a respectable plant. ed from a respectable family in er in the West Indies ; the other Galloway. When a student in is the Rev. Colin Gillies, one of divinity, he was remarkable for the ministers of Paisley, who, a excellent dispositions, learning, a Christian, husband, parent, taste, and acquaintance with the and pastor, has followed the best ancient and modern writers. good example of his venerable His fondness for literary amuse. father. Mrs. Gillies died soon ments continued through the after the birth of her eighth whole of life ; but they were child, on the 6th of August, not allowed to encroach on his 1754, and about one month be duties as a Christian, the head of fore the death of her much and a family, or a minister of the Gos. justly esteemed father. Janua. pel. He was successively tutor in ry, 1756, Dr. G. married Joan, the families of Brisbane of Bris. na, the daughter of John Stew. bane, Macdowal of Castlesem. art, Esq. of Blackhall, and twin ple, and lord Glasgow. The doc- sister to the late Sir Michael Stew. tor was ordained minister of the art. Her only child was RebecCollege Church the 29th of Ju. ca, married some years before ]y, 1742. For several years, be. her father's death to the honor. besides delivering three discourses able Colonel Leslie, second son on the Sabbath, he gave lectures to the earl of Leven. Mrs. G. and serious exhortations three who was in all respects a help. times in the week, to a crowded meet for the doctor, lived till audience, in his large church, the 3d of December, 1792. Al. which contains nearly two thou. ter her death the charge of his sand people ; he also, for some family affairs devolved on Miss time, published a weekly paper, Joanna Gow, the doctor's niece. addressed to the consciences of Miss Gow, who possesses a well his hearers. According to the informed understanding and une Jaudable custom of the church affected piety, did all in her pow. of Scotland, the doctor regular- er to make her uncle comfortae Jy visited and catechised his par. ble ; and he was not insensible ish. He was remarkably atten. of her attention. When his tive to the sick and dying of his strength was much decayed, the charge. Soon after his ordi. doctor's relatives and congreganation, he married Elizabeth, tion intreated him to take an daughter of the Rev. Mr. M assistant; but to this he would Laurin, who was one of the never give his consent, till about ministers of Glasgow, and au. three years before his death, his

whole soul was in his work. was, indeed, highly gratifying to When great exertion was neces. behold an aged minister, who sary to make his weak voice had spent his time and his reach kis large audience, he nev. strength in the service of his er complained. If, after divine Master, still willing !--but, alas! service, any person inquired the flesh was now weak. It was whether he was not fatigued, his painful to see him exerting him. constadt reply was, I am nev. self to be heard ; and hundreds er the worse for preaching, if at a distance looking with eager preaching is not the worse for desire, but unable to hear. When me.' For about the space of he could no longer serve in pub. six months after I had the hap. lic, he endeavored to be useful piness of being his stated assist to the church of Christ in pri. ant, he regularly delivered a short vate. It was when laid aside lecture in the forenoon. He had from preaching that he prepared begun a course of lectures on the Supplement to his Historical our Lord's farewell discourses, Collections, which was publish. contained in the 14th, 15th, and ed by Dr. Erskine of Edinburgh, 16th chapters of the Gospel by after the death of Dr. G. To John-when he was under the that Supplement Dr. E. has ad. Decessity of giving up his public ded an account of Dr. Gillies, work. His people were very and described the character of dear to him ; and, to a man, his deceased brother as a Chris. they were strongly attached to tian, as a minister, and as an their aged pastor. The doctor author, with his usual ability had then been above fifty years and faithfulness. To that aca minister of that congregation, count I am indebted for some and had baptized and married a things here mentioned. Since I great part of them. He had began to write this narrative, I many seals of his ministry; great have been informed, by an inde. numbers of his stated hearers pendent minister of great res. looked up to him in his old age pectability, that the Historical as their spiritual father. After Collections of Dr. G. were greathe was unable to preach, al. ly blessed to him at an early pe. though in a weak state of body, riod of life. He wishes this to he attended public worship, and be mentioned as a token of his sat in the palpit : as soon as he gratitude to God, of his respect made his appearance, sympathy to the memory of Dr. Gillies, and love were visible in every and as an incentive to others to countenance. There were fre. read that book. Among the last quently children brought to the times that the doctor attended church to be baptized ; and it divine service in public, the gave him much pleasure when he Lord's Supper was dispepsed, could perform that service. The and he exhorted one table, Af. moment that he rose from his ter he had finished a very im. seat to administer the ordinance pressive exhortation, he address. of baptism, there was the most ed the congregation in these profound silence; and every eye words : “My dear hearers, I was fixed on him. The sight have made this attempt with a · was pleasant and painful. It view to find out whether my voice can be heard by those at a In the morning of that day he distance. If I shall find that had written and sent off some you can hear, I shall now and letters to several of the ministers then speak to you, for a short who used to assist him at the time, from the pulpit ; but this celebration of our Lord's Sup. will just be as my Master would per, requesting their assistance have it ; the King of Zion is a on the second Sabbath of April; stately King, he is pleased to and, after the fatal stroke, he keep some servants in waiting ; spoke about the ministers, whom and if he shall see fit to keep me he had invited to be with him on in that station, I desire to submit that solemn occasion. The Rev. to his holy will.' He then, af. Colin Gillies and the honorable ter having thus referred to his Mrs. Leslie were immediately in. favorite author, Milton, quoted formed by letters of their father's from him that beaatiful line illness; and, without losing one which, during his confinement, moment, they both hastened to he often repeated,

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teemed. From the time of their At that time the doctor was arrival they waited constantly better in health than he had been on their dying father. Both of for some considerable time be. them had been great comforts to fore; but he was never able af. him when in health, and they did terwards to speak in public. what they could to comfort him The Lord was pleased to relieve in his last moments : but they his mind from the fears of death themselves needed consolation; long before that event took their minds were often overpow. place ; his own latter end was ered; and the dying saint ob. frequently the subject of his con. served it. At one time, when versation, and he spoke not only he saw them in tears, with a the language of a mind quite at heavenly smile upon his coun. ease, but the language of a soul tenance, which I shall never for. desiring to depart, and to be get, he addressed them in these with Christ. A few months be. words of Scripture : "We fore his death, he wrote a letter have had fathers of our flesh to an old friend, from which is which corrected us, and we gave taken the following extract :- them reverence : shall we not

I am waiting, I hope with pa. much rather be in subjection to tience, God's time, which is the the Father of Spirits, and live!' best for my dismission hence. He often spoke comfortably to Christ's lying in the grave has them, to Miss Gow, and to other sweetened the thoughts of it to friends who came to see him. all believers; and, through his The Lord was wonderfully gra. merits, we can have hope in cious to his servant ; he had lit. death.'

tle or no pain of body; and his He was seized, March 21st, soul enjoyed those consolations 1796, with a third stroke of the which he had so often been in. palsy, which deprived him of the strumental in communicating to power of his left side ; but his others on their death beds. When mental powers were not affected. he seemed to be very low, and

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