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Christianity in France, Switzerland, Germany, and other parts of the world. As an earnest of this plan, the Editors beg to call attention to the foreign articles of intelligence in the November Magazine, and in the Supplement. The January Magazine for 1834 will include communications of still higher interest.
As far likewise as their space will permit, they propose to furnish brief notices of the more important transactions of the several Missionary Societies now labouring in the vast field of the heathen world. This improvement in the Magazine they know will be hailed with much satisfaction by those friends, who seek for no other vehicle of religious intelligence but what is supplied in its own pages.
The Editors would venture to urge upon all their friends, in town and country, the duty of endeavouring to extend the circulation of a work, which has ministered so essentially to the temporal and spiritual comfort of hundreds of the widows of Christ's faithful ministers. And as no case has hitherto been refused that came within the printed rules of distribution, they feel that the claims of the Magazine upon the support of their brethren in the ministry are peculiarly strong. Nor would they suspect their Lay friends of any thing like indifference to the happiness of a class of highly deserving persons, who are in general most scantily provided for, after having lived in respectability and comfort. Could the sale of the work be increased onethird, the Trustees could then either augment their annual grants to widows, or admit a greater number of candidates to share the benefit of an enlarged sale. What an effect might be produced by the very simple plan, of each reader of the Magazine endeavouring to find another willing to make the small sacrifice of a sixpence per month, for the noble and generous purpose of soothing the sorrows of the widowed heart, and thereby relieving the anxieties of many a faithful and devoted pastor, who, in prospect of his removal out of this world, is agonized at the thought of the probable hardships of an unprotected widow and helpless babes ! Let the followers of the compassionate Redeemer look well at this proposal ere they rashly say within themselves, “ It is not in our power to realize it.” May the blessing of the widow's God come on all the friends and supporters of a Work, which has caused so many widowed hearts to sing for joy!
FOR JANUARY, 1833.
MEMOIR OF THE LATE REV. WILLIAM HOWELS,
MINISTER OF LONG ACRE CHAPEL.
The Rev. William Howels, whose somewhat sudden death we announced in the December Magazine, was a native of a village contiguous to Cowbridge, in the county of Glamorgan, in the Principality His father was a respectable farmer, who took considerable interest in the classical education of his son; and, for this purpose, placed him at the grammar-school of Cowbridge,* preparatory to his college studies. It does not appear, however, that his care of the eternal interests of our deceased friend was equal to his solicitude in other respects. But in his mother, of whose prayers and instructions Mr. Howels was wont to speak in accents of filial tenderness, he realized all that parental affection and Christian devotedness could secure From the days of his boyhood, as the writer of this article has heard him declare, he was the subject of many and great awakenings of conscience; though it was not till a subsequent period of his history
that he actually entered upon the life of faith in the Son of God. At a time when he was most exposed to temptations of various kinds, it pleased God fully to open his mind to the light, and consolation, and purifying influence of the gospel. About the period of his entering Wadham College, Oxford, in the year 1801, he met with a disappointment which overwhelmed him with sorrow and angaish of mind. A young lady to whom he was greatly attached refused to reciprocate his feelings of regard; but this event, which promised nothing but evil, was overruled by God for great good to his soul.“ It drove me,” said he, in a confidential conversation, “ to my Greek Testament; and, while reading it in the fields at Oxford, I found it was not a wife, but a husband, that I wanted. I could take you now to the spots where I was wont to read, and pray, and agonize, and where the Spirit of God enabled me to apprehend Christ as "the pearl of great price.'” Speaking of Oxford, he would often exclaim, “It was there the Lord met with me.”
• His tutor's name was Dr. Williams, and we are told that he still survives,
After his entrance upon a de- diligence, amidst his native mouncided Christian course, he had to tains, preaching, almost uniformly, endure “ a great fight of afflic- in the Welsh language; and we tion,” and in quarters, too, where may easily conceive that the exother treatment might reasonably treme simplicity of his manners have been expected. But oppo- arose, in a great measure, from his sition only nerved his purpose of long and familiar intercourse with “ following the Lord fülly,” and a people proverbial for the absence prompted him to seek those conge- of all fastidious polish, and for nial intercourses which, in after the exercise of that unsuspecting life, proved an unspeakable bless- friendship and hospitality by which ing to him as a faithful minister of our departed friend was so emiChrist Jesus.
nently distinguished. We may Of Mr. Howels's college history also allow ourselves to conclude we know but little, only that his that, with a native loftiness of soul, application to books was very close, he owed much of the occasional and that his attainments in mathe- grandeur of his conceptions to his matics and in classical learning early and long converse with the were highly respectable. He was lofty mountains and deep winding a good Greek and Hebrew scholar, glens of his beloved country, of and took great delight, through which he could never speak without life, in the critical study of the tears of affection and joy glistening Scriptures in the original tongues. in his eyes. Often have we heard him repeat Nor was his ministry in the long passages of Greek and He. Principality without effect. While brew, from different parts of the he was there trained for future and word of God, showing his entire more extended usefulness, he was familiarity with the original of the at the same time the messenger of sacred text, and at the same time peace and salvation to not a few. his distinguished ability to inter- “Oh!" said he, “I would at times pret and illustrate its several parts, give worlds to recover the full tone
On leaving college, in 1805, be of that feeling which often thrilled was ordained by the late Bishop my bosom while visiting from cotWatson, and, on account of his tage to cottage, among a simplepiety and evangelical ardour, was hearted people, who were wont to chosen as the curate of Mr. Jones, receive me, in my Master's name, of Langan, one of the brightest or- as an angel of God.” On the death naments of the church of Christ of Mr. Jones, a powerful effort was the Principality ever produced. Of made, by the friends of Mr. Howhis spiritual obligations to this dis- els, to obtain for him the vacant tinguished man, we have heard living, which was in the gift of Mr. Howels speak in terms of the Lord Clarendon, upon the failure utmost enthusiasm. “He united,” of which he deemed it his duty to said he, “ the simplicity of a patri- leave the Principality, and to direct arch with the burning zeal of an his steps to the metropolis. apostle.” On one occasion he said, In referring to his residence and “My soul had a kind of existence observation in the Principality, we in that man's soul; he was every have often heard him speak of two thing that man could be to me. subjects with great energy - his I imbibed his knowledge, and high sense of the indefatigable zeal sought to catch a measure of his and usefulness of evangelical dislove to God and souls.”
senters, and the horror with which For many years Mr. Howels he traced, in some instances, the continued to labour, with zeal and baneful effects of Socinian teaching