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she also resembled her worthy parent in being a devout Christian, By that very amiable wife the Doctor had eight children, of whom there are only two alive; one of these is Mr. --Gillies, a respectable planter in the West Indies ; the other is the Rev. Colin Gillies, one of the ministers of Paisley, who, as a Chris. tian, husband, parent, and pastor, has followed the good ex. ample of his venerable father. Mrs. Gillies died soon after the birth of her eighth child, on the 6th of August, 1754, and about one month before the death of her much and justly esteemed father. January, 1756, Dr. G. mattied Joanna, the daughter of John Stewart, Esq. of Blackhall, and twin-sister to the late Sir Michael Stewart. Her only child was Rebecca, married some years before her father's death to the Honourable Colonel Leslie, second son to the Earl of Leven. Mrs. G., who was in all respects a help-meet for the Doctor, lived till the 3d of December, 1792, After her death the charge of his family-affairs devolved on Miss Joanna Gow, the Doctor's niece. Miss Gow, who pos. sesses a well-informed understanding and unaffected piety, did all in her power to make her uncle comfortable; and he was not insensible of her attention. When his strength was mnch decayed, the Doctor's relatives and congregation intreated him to take an assistant; but to this he would never give his consent, tin about three years before his death. His whole soul was in his work. When great exertion was necessary to make his weak voice reach his large audience, he never complained. If, after divine service, any person inquired whether he was not fatigued, his constant reply was, 'I am never the worse for preaching, if preaching is not the worse for me.'-For about the space of six months after I had the happiness of being his stated assistant, he regularly delivered a short leeture in the forenoon. He had be. gun a course of lectures on our Lord's farewell discourses, contained in the 14th, 15th, and 10th chapters of the Gospel by John,-when he was under the necessity of giving up his public work. His people were very dear to him; and, to a man, they were strongly attached to their aged pastor. The Doctor had then been above fifty years minister of that congregation, and had baptized and married a great part of them. He had many seals of his ministry; great numbers of his stated hearers looked up to him in his old age as their spiritual father. After he was unable to preach, although in a weak state of body, he attended public worship, and sat in the pulpit: as soon as he made his appear. ance, sympathy and love were visible in every countenance, There were frequently children brought to the church to be baptized; and it gave him much pleasure when he could perform that service. The moment that be rose from his seat to administer the ordinance of Baptism, there was the most profound silence; and every eye was fixed on him. The sight was pleasant and painful. It was, indeed, highly gratifying to behold an aged Minister, who had spent his time and his strength in the service
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of his Master, still willing !--but alas ! the flesh was now weak. It was painful to see him exerting himself to be heard ; and hun. dreds at a distance looking with eager desire, but unable to hear. When he could no longer serve in public, he endeavoured to be useful to the church of Christ in private. It was when laid aside from preaching that he prepared the Supplement to his His torical Collections, which was published by Dr. Erskine of Edinburgh, after the death of Dr. G. To that Supplement Dr. E. has added an account of Dr. Gillies, and described the character of his deceased brother as a Christian, as a Minister, and as an Author, with his usual ability and faithfulness. To that account I am indebted for some things here mentioned. ---Since I began to write this narrative, I have been informed, by an Inde. pendent Minister of great respectability, that the Historical Collections of Dr. G. were greatly blessed to him at an early period of life. He wishes this to be mentioned as a token of his gratitude to God, of his respect to the memory of Dr. Gillies, and as an incentive to others to read that book. Among the last tiines that the Doctor attended divine service in public, the Lord's Supper was dispensed, and he exhorted one table. After he had finished a very impressive exhortation, he addressed the congregation in these words: "My dear hearers, I have made this attempt with a view to find out whether my voice can be heard by those at a distance. If I shall find that you can hear, I shall now and then speak to you, for a short time, from the pulpit; but this will just be as my Master would have it; the King of Sion is a stately King, he is pleased to keep some servants in waiting ; aud if he shall see fit to keep me in that station, I desire to submit to his holy will.” He then, after having thus referred to his favourite author, Milton, quoted from bim that beatiful line which, during his confinement, he often repeated,
“They also serve, who only stand and wait.' At that time the Doctor was better in health than he had been for some considerable time before; but he was never able afterwards to speak in public. The Lord was pleased to relieve his mind from the fears of death long before that event took place ; his own latter end was frequently the subject of his conversation, and he spoke not only the language of a mind quite at ease, but the language of a soul deșiring to depart, and to be with Christ. A few months before his death, he wrote a letter to an old friend, from which is taken the following extract :- I am waiting, I hope with patience, God's time, which is the best for my dismission hence. Christ's lying in the grave has sweetened the thoughts of it to all believers; and, through his merits, we can have hope in death.''
He was seized, March 21st, 1796, with a third stroke of the palsy, which deprived him of the power of his left side; but his mental powers were not affected. In the morning of that day he had written and sent off some letters to several of the ministers wło used to assist him at the celebration of our Lord's Supper, requesting their assistance on the second Sabbath of April; and, after the fatal stroke, he spoke about the ministers whom he had invited to be with him on that sole:nn occasion. The Rey. Colin Gillies and the Honourable Mrs. Leslie were immediately informed by letiers of iheir father's illness; and, without losing one moment, they both hastened to attend a parent whom they sincerely loveil and highly esteemeil. From the time of their arrival they waited constantly on their dying father. Both of them had been great comforts to him when in health, and they did what they could to comfort him in his last moments : but they themselves neeiled consolation; their minds were often over powered ; and the dying saint observed it. At one time, when he saw them in tears, with a heavenly smile upon his countenance, which I shall never forget, he addressed them in these words of Scripture : "We have hail fathers of our flesh which corrected os, and we gave them reverence : shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of Spirits, and live !'* He often spoke comfortably to them, to Miss Gow, and to other friends who canie to see him. The Lord was wonderfully gracious to his servant; he had little or uo pain of body; and his soul enjoyed those consolations wbich he had so often been instrumental in communicating to others on their death-beds. When he seemed to be very low, and nigh to death, Mrs. Leslie having men-, tioned that I was standing by his bed, he stretched out his hand, took boid of joine, and said, 'You have great cause to bless the Lord for having put you into the ministry ; we serve a good Master; he carries us wonderfully through. I said, “ Sir, I. hope you now experience that the Lord Jesus Christ is a good Master.” He replied with much earnesiners, “ Yes, yes.
Tuesday, March 2014, 1796, in the 84th year of his age, and 54th of his ministry, about mid-ray, Dr. Gillies fell asleep in Jesus.' Mre. Leslie, when she saw tbat her father was in the article of death, kneeled by his bed, and remained in that posture till the short and easy conflict was over. Her unceasing attention to her parents can never be sufficiently commended; the satisfaction which she must now derive froin a retrospect of her conduct to both her parents is one, but not her only reward for her tender altention... Let all children who may read ihis narrative, and who have parents in life, 'go and do likewise.'- Great multiíudes attended the Doctor's funeral in tears; and his memory to this day is very dear to thousands in Glasgow
Di. Gillies most firmly believed, and most faithfully preached, the doctrines which are generally called Calvinistic; but a "Teacher, at whose feet he daily sat, had taught him to call no mon Master : he much rather chose to be called a Dxciple of the Lord Jesns Christ than a follower of Calvin.
* Heb. xü. 9.
He was a most devout Christian : - he spent a very considerable part of every day in devotional exercises. Searching the word of God, meditation and prayer, were not only duties which he daily performed, but duties in which he greatly delighted. As long as the state of his health would permit, he devoted the greatest part of every Monday to fasting and prayer. When the weather was good, the Doctor regularly took a long walk once in the day, and, when he walked by himself, he chose the most sequestered places. On those occasions, he was frequently found engaged in acts of devotion. Humility and meekness, zeal against error and vice, and a catholic spirit, were prominent features in the character of Dr. Gillies. He possessed and manifested an ardent, unceasing, and growing desire for the extension of the Redeemer's kingdom. News of a revival of religion, or of attempts to carry the gospel to Heathen lands, were, to the Doc. tor's heart, like cold waters to a thirsty soul. Iar
With regard to his style of preaching, he proposed the truths of the gospel with the greatest plainness, and pressed them with all possible earnestness. His discourses were always enriched with many suitable portions of Scripture.
h The Doctor used frequently to observe, when'speaking in private, with regard to preaching, That ministers might be the unhappy instruments of ruining souls, in two different ways: "The one is,' said he, by starving them; and the other is, by giving them poison,' I love,' he was wont to say, 'to give God's children plenty of their own bread;' meaning thereby the pure Word of God. Dr. Gillies on no occasion shunned to declare the whole counsel of God, but he insisted on the leading doctrines of the gospel. The Lord Jesus Christ was the delightful subject of his daily meditations, the frequent subject of his conversation, and the substance of all his sermons. He knew, by sweet experience, and he endeavoured to make it known to others, that Christ is all and in all.
I have thus endeavoured to give you a short sketch of the life and death of my late much respected father in Christ; but I am deeply sensible that I cannot do justice to his character; and a complete delineation of it would far exceed the space allotted to any one article in a periodical publication. His principal works, besides that already mentioned, were, “Exhortations to the Inhabitants of the South Parish of Glasgow;' - Historical Collections relating to the Success of the Gospel; '-'Appendix to the Historical Collections ;' - Life of the Rev. Mr. George Whitfield;'--Sermon at the Opening of the Synod of Glasgow;'
Hebrew Manual, for the Use of Students of that Language;' - Devotional Exercises on the New Testament;' Psalms of David, with Notes, devotional and practical, extracted from Dr. Horm's Commentary;' - and · Milton's Paradise Lost, illustrated by Texts of Scripture.'
THE REPROACH OF CHRIST.: • In cvery age and place, the character of a true and lively Christian has been considered, by the unthinking part of the world, as réproachful. Of late years it has become the fashion tostyle him a Methodist wbo, conscious of his own sins and infirmities, seeks to wash himself clean in the blood of his Redeemer !__yet, if you ask these virulent opponents to Christianity the definition of the word, and in what the infamy of it consists, they are at a loss for an answer ; but surely it would become these men, who gather knowledge, and eat the fruits thereof, not to take what is of the highest importance upon hearsay, but to search the book of life, and the writings of our earliest reformers; whence they might be convinced that the doctrines which they endeavour to stigmatize as a novelty, as' a religious manid, and as a cause of schism, have been at all times consistent with the truth and the gospel. The inconsistency of these unbelievers is almost income prehensible :-A man may be enthusiastic in the pursuit of 'lete ters, in the science of war, and in an appetite for carnal pleasurés ; yes, and shall receive praise for it; shall be held in estí.' mation, and pointed at as a pattern and an exanıple; but to feel añ ardour for the will of God is inadness! It is, forsooth, the height of ingratitude to neglect returning an obligation to a creature'as frail as ourselves ;- but to slight and despise the mercy of Him who, in his infinite goodness,, descended from the regions of bliss to take upon him our nature, and in that nature to endure the most painful privations and insults; and then, to crown his love, to suffer the agonizing torture on the cross, is at least venial, and often praiseworthy! The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib;' but man contemns the mercies of his Redeemer, and spurns his love ! Dues lie design his son for a profession, he is taught to be indefatigable in his exertions ; and riches and honour are held up as his consequent reward; riches which the moth corrupts, and honour which is but for a moment, whilst his eternal interest, the interest of his im. mortal soul, is neglected and forgotten! Our Saviour has said, • Blessed are ye when ye are reviled for my sake:' and happy are they who are permitted thus to confess their faith. In his own person he has shewn what we have to expect from the ingrati. tude, the blindness of this carnal world ; and in his own glorious example has taught us to endure all things, of whatsoever kind, patiently and meckiy, and to suffer for his sake. We acknowjedgode precarious tenure by which we hold this life, we drop a tear to the memory of those who fall around us; yet, are we the more alarmed for our own dangerous situation? We stand upon the edge of a precipice, over which the least false step precipitates us. Whither shall we, oppressed with a weight of sin