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Of Wellington, Somerset. “The memory of the just is blessed." soon healed the wounds thus made, and Rarely has the statement been more these impressions passed away as 'the strikingly exemplified than in the case of morning cloud and early dew. But the the Rev. John Harcombe Cuff, of Wel- Lord did not suffer my conscience long lington, Somerset. Mr. C. was the son to sleep. I was not permitted to say, of respectable parents, and was born near Peace, peace. Some flaming arrows Chard, in the same county, in the year were directed to my heart. My con1790. His early classical education com- science was aroused, and began to spread menced under the care of the Rev. Wm. abroad its terrors. My sins appeared in Paul, of Castle Cary. A sermon delivered

array before me.

The law uttered its by his respected preceptor produced the anathemas. I saw myself condemned, first serious and religious impressions on and knew not where to look for refuge; his mind. Mr. C. has recorded his own and oftentimes, while reclining on my experience on that occasion and subse- bed, I have been afraid to sleep lest I quently. “The discourse," he writes, should awake in hell. I was told, God "was on the misery of the damned. I would forgive my past offences on conbecame alarmed for my safety, and fear- dition of obedience for the future. Acful of going into that place of torment. cordingly, I resolved to keep God's comOn another occasion, while Mr. P. was mandments; and being ignorant of God's conversing with his pupils in a serious righteousness, I went about to establish strain, after the exercises of the day, he my own righteousness : but I soon failed; quoted that striking verse from Dr. Watts'

my path was dark and dangerous, and I hymn:

feared every step I took might sink me • Their lifted eyes salute the skics,

in everlasting perdition. But, at length, Their bended knees the ground;

the day-spring from on high dawned, But God abhors the sacrifice,

and Jesus gradually enlightened my Where not the heart is found.'

mind, and gave me to behold the gospel

method of salvation. With what pleasure I shall not forget the emphasis with did I survey the atoning sacrifice on which these lines were delivered, and the Calvary! the sovereign efficacy of the anguish they occasioned my heart. I Saviour's blood; the boundless compasthought I had never hitherto prayed sion of his heart! He appeared a Saaright. The hand of time, however, viour exactly suited to my wants and


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circumstances; a refuge from the storm family. Eleven children survive, to lament and a covert from the tempest.'

with their bereaved mother the irreparIt is not surprising that Mr. C., to able loss they have sustained. whom Christ was

80 precious, should During the long period of Mr. Cuff's ardently desire to

ministry the greatest unanimity prevailed “ Tell to sinners round,

between himself and the people of his What a dear Saviour he had found,"

charge; indeed, he was highly esteemed and wishing to be engaged in the work and respected by men of every class and of the ministry, he entered the Western denomination. His heart, his hand, and Academy, Axminster, under the care of his purse were always ready for every the Rev. James Small. He pursued and work of charity and benevolence. With closed his academic career with great the exception of some slight attacks of credit to himself, and to the entire satis- gout, he enjoyed almost uninterrupted faction of his esteemed tutor.

good health; so that it is believed In the summer of 1812 he was re

only one sabbath occurred during the quested by the destitute church at Wel- whole of his pastorate in which he was lington to supply the pulpit for a few prevented by illness from performing the sabbaths. His services were so accept- functions of his office. He had the pleaable to the church and congregation, that sure of seeing, though not to the extent they presented to him an unanimous call he both ardently wished and prayed for, to become their settled pastor. To this the church grow beneath his care; and request he eventually acceded; and in

very recently he expressed his earnest the acceptance of their call, he says: “I hope and belief that still better days and received your unanimous invitation to brighter prospects were before him. the pastoral and ministerial office with

On the Saturday previous to his defeelings I cannot describe. The awful

cease he called upon his medical friend, responsibility of a stated ministry has and intimated that he had taken a slight made such an impression on my mind cold, and felt some little difficulty in that until lately I had not entertained an

breathing, remarking at the same time, idea of uniting myself to any Christian that he had no pain whatever. It was society. I have sought direction at a

suggested to him that as he must take throne of grace, and have attentively medicine, he would not be able to preach surveyed the leadings of Providence. It

on the morrow. He then said he would is my desire to obey the voice of the go and ask an old and valued ministerial Lord in all things, and to follow the friend in the town to officiate for him. Saviour wheresoever he may lead me. On the Monday he observed that he was I hope the ministration of the word of quite well; that nothing ailed him except life since I have been at Wellington has a little difficulty of breathing; that he been profitable to my own soul and was perfectly free from pain. It was beneficial to others. I have felt an unusual proposed to apply a blister over the chest, attachment to this part of Christ's vine- and he at length consented, saying, that yard, believing that Providence has di- at no period of his life had he had a rected me here to exercise my labours." | blister applied. He was advised to reThus was cemented a connection which main in bed on Tuesday; but when visited continued and strengthened for the long by his medical attendant, he asked, with term of more than three and thirty years. a smile,-his own engaging, lovely smile,

In 1817, Mr. C. was united in mar- -“What am I to be kept in bed for? riage to Miss Parminter, the daughter of I have no pain, and could get up very a former pastor of the church at Wel well.” In the course of the evening, lington. This connection conduced in symptoms of an alarming nature deveevery respect to his happiness and use- loped themselves ; and a little after midfulness. By this lady he had a numerous night, the happy spirit quitted its earthly tenement without a struggle or a groan, mysterious event, thus improved, will and, absent from the body was present leave a deep and abiding impression with the Lord. It seemed a translation. upon the minds and hearts of the many

About two hours prior to his death, he hearers. said to one of his attendants whom he To enter upon any lengthened detail had admitted into his church, “I am of the pre-eminent excellence in the chahappy we have communed together on racter of the highly-esteemed and greatlyearth, and I hope we shall meet in beloved Rev. J. H. Cuff is not at the heaven." The intelligence of his death present time intended. It must, however, seemed to give a shock to the whole of in conclusion, be added, that through the town and neighbourhood, and excited grace he was enabled “to adorn the a feeling of evident regret that has seldom doctrine of God our Saviour," in the been equalled, and certainty never sur- family, in the church, and in the world. passed. The interment took place on As a man, he possessed strong natural Friday the 7th of November, with every powers of mind; he was singularly prudemonstration of respect. The shops in dent; and he was truly sincere in his the town were almost universally closed, friendship and attachments. and crowds of individuals of every class As a Christian, he was distinguished and denomination, regardless of the for the devotional and for the candid heavily descending rain, accompanied the spirit which he habitually cherished. All procession, or repaired to the chapel and who knew him bore testimony to the burying-ground to testify their regard for fact, that he was “a man of God,” “an one whom they should see and hear no Israelite, indeed, in whom was no guile.” more. Six ministers of the County As-As a minister of Jesus Christ, his sersociation, with which the departed had mons were replete with evangelical docbeen so long connected, and of which he trine; he declared "the truth as it is in had become the father, attended to sup- Jesus ;” and to many his preaching was port the pall. The difficult and painful the “savour of life unto life;" and of such task of conducting the solemn and affect- it

may be said, they were “his joy here,” ing service was devolved on the Rev. and it is hoped they will be the “crown John Allen, of Chudleigh, whom Mr. C. of his rejoicing in the presence of our had formerly admitted a member of the Lord Jesus Christ at his coming." church at Wellington, and subsequently As a pastor, he was assiduous, unreintroduced to the work of the ministry. mitting, and faithful in the discharge of The funeral sermon was preached on the his sacred functions. He was not “weary following sabbath by the Rev. Dr. Payne, in well-doing,” and he ended his work from Psa. xxxvii. 37, “Mark the perfect and his life together. “Blessed are the man,” &c. The chapel was thronged to

dead which die in the Lord from hencean excess never before witnessed, so that forth; yea, saith the Spirit, that they many were obliged to quit for want even may rest from their labours; and their of standing-room. It is hoped that the works do follow them."


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Nothing is hero for tears; nothing to wail,
Or knock the breast; no weakness, no contempt,
Dispraise or blame; nothing, but well and fair,
And what may quiet us in a death so noble."

-" Though his body dies, his fame survives.”—MILTON. So the revered and honoured Thomas been committed to the last resting-place. Chalmers is no more! His body has He has left his beloved and sorrowing

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