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thren, watched over them in died." I found him very weak, love, and was concerned for hardly able to speak so as to be their prosperity; while, being understood. He said he was sound in the faith, and holding comfortable, and hoped his it in a pure conscience, he was Lord and Master would soon attached to its holy principles, come and take him to himself: and equally averse to Armi- so saying, he fell into a soft nian legality and Antinomian sleep. This was late in the licentiousness. In a word, he afternoon. In the evening, so discharged the duties of this having been taken out of bed, office as to obtain a good de- he gave orders, that as soon as gree
of esteem and genuine love he was put again to bed, I in the church, and boldness in might be sent for, to pray with the faith which is in Christ him. Being only in the next Jesus.
house, I was soon there. He During the two last years of was breathing softly. I knelt his life, though seldom able, down with his wife and children through bodily weakness; to present, and prayed for them attend public worship, yet his all, and particularly for supsoul was in the service, his me- port and peaceful dismission, mory and all his mental facul- &c. During, or before, the ties as lively, and his concern conclusion, it was discovered for the prosperity of that church, that he ceased to breathe, and and the spread of the gospel, that his immortal spirit had reas ardent as ever.
Much of turned to God, who gave it.' his time was spent in prayer to The curtain withdrawn, the
God. Deeply sensible that sight of his position powercreatures, who have sinned, fully revived, in my mind, the must be wholly indebted to the words of Dr. Watts on the grace of God for salvation, he death of Moses ; often declared that all his hope
“'Softly his fainting head he lay was founded on Christ; that he
“Upon his Maker's breast; had no dependence on any
“ His Maker kiss'd his soul away, thing he had done, had no wor
“ And lạid his flesh to rest." thiness in himself, and that the Mr. Angas has left an aged Lord and Saviour was his righ- widow and four married daughteousness before. God.
interred at requested me, if I survived, Broomhaugh, in his own fato speak at his grave, but to mily burying-ground, on the say nothing of him, or of his 24th of August, and his funeral works; for his hopes of salva- sermon, preached at Hincly, on tion, and entrance into heaven, the 17th of September, from were built on the same foun- Psal. xviii. -46; a text which dation as those of the penitent had been a great support to his thief, and Paul, who was the mind under domestic bereavechief of sinners.
ments; having buried two wives Though twenty-five miles dis- and four children. tant, I visited him, for the last
C. W. time, on the day on which he
intruded themselves into the NECESSITY
ministry, and preached in meet
ing-houses, as well as in the FARTHER ENDEAVOURS streets or in the fields. Besides,
if the practice be in itself right, SPREAD OF THE GOSPEL
let men of talent and character
engage in it, and rescue it from IN LONDON.
the obloquy under which it may LETTER II.
be supposed to have fallen.
Nor do I know that it can be TO A YOUNG MINISTER,
said, that it is contrary to law. (Continued from page 447.) Certainly, it is not contrary to MY DEAR SIR,
the law of God; and if any law I FEEL satisfied that you, of our country are against it, and many of your brethren, are the difficulty may be easily reas desirous as I can possibly moved by licensing the particube, to use every practicable lar spots, on which the preacher means for diffusing evangelical intends to take his stand. But knowledge through the metro-should preaching in the field, or polis.--You are not to consider in the street, be viewed as too my address as at all implying formidable an attempt, let me disrespect to any, except those, askwho are losing their opportu- 2dly, Could not much be done nities for extensive usefulness, by preaching in private houses ? either through their negligence, Many parts of the city are or unconcern for the welfare of nearly deştitute of places of the souls of men.. I shall take worship, and not a few of them the liberty, however, to suggest are inhabited by people chiefly, a few of the thoughts which if not wholly, of the lowest and have exercised my own mind, most degraded classes of sofor
your serious consideration. ciety. Now, could not houses
1. Is the practice of out-door be procured, and regularly lipreaching either irrational or im- censed, in such parts of the practicable? It certainly boasts city! In these you may preach of high antiquity, of very supe-on Lord's day evenings, or at rior sanctions, even the prac- such other times as you may have tice of Christ and his apostles; opportunity, without any hard. and has, in modern times, been ship, or exciting any unpleasant attended with happy effects. alarm. In different parts of Nor do I see any substantial the kingdom, this has been objection against its being still found not only practicable, but resorted to.-Its having been happily successful. Numbers adopted by men of contemp- have come to hear a sermon in tible abilities, or of doubtful a private house, who had never principles, is no more an objec- frequented, or even entered, a tion to it, than it is to preach-place of worship; but who, by ing under any other circum- means of what they have heard stances. Men of such a de-there, have undergone a very scription have unquestionably happy change, and become, in future, some of the most devout a word, to demolish the strongand constant attendants on the hold of Satan in his heart. It stated worship of God. Is is not like the preaching of there any reason why this mea- Pearce, or of Whitfield, or of sure cannot be adopted in the Wesley, or of Romaine, or of metropolis? But, should even Grimshaw, or of the puritans, this, upon trial, be found either or of the reformers, or, I may impracticable or ineffectual, let add, of Christ and his apostles. me farther ask
But, my dear Sir, make a point 3dly, Cannothing more be done, of conscience to conform your without materially stepping out of preaching to the model of such the regular course that your pre- illustrious men as these, who decessors have pursuedCannot were the instruments of such you preach a lecture, on Lord's happy revivals in their days, day evenings, at your own place and the means of the salvation of worship, adapting your dis- of such numbers of immortal course particularly to the igno- souls. I say nothing of more rant, the poor, and the vicious, private methods of instruction, letting it be publicly known such as personal converse, prithat this is your intention? Can vate admonition, reproof, and you not, in the general course direction, which, I am perof your ministerial labours, suaded, no one, who wishes to without any just cause of of approve himself as a faithful fence to the polite and more minister of Christ, will venture cultivated part of your auditory, to neglect. It is high time for adopt a more plain, a more you, my dear Sir, as well as pointed, a more awakening for all your coadjutors, to atmode of address? I must ho- tempt somewhat more than has nestly confess, that the strain been hitherto attempted, to resof preaching at present grow- cue from perdition the multiing into use, and by many highly tudes of sinners that are rushing applauded, is not altogether to destruction on all sides of such as may be expected to be you. To this great business productive of any generally im- you will
, I trust, address yourportant effect. Itis, in my ap- self with holy zeal' and stedfast prehensions, too pointless, too perseverance, endeavouring to polished, too much wrapped find out the most suitable meup in figurative language; it has thods, determined to leave no too little of the horrors of sin, means untried; and earnestly of the torments of hell, of the beseeching Him, to whom nojoys of heaven, and, which is thing is impossible, to open of still more serious conse- paths of usefulness to you, and quence, too little of the glories to prosper you in pursuing of Christ. It is too feeble to them.-Will you, my dear Sir, awaken the secure, to convince bear with me while I venture, the sinner of his guilt and his once more, to intreat you danger, to bring him to a thó- 4thly, Endeavour to discover rough acquiescence with the and resist the temptations that gospel method of salvation; in are supposed to assault a London minister.-It has not un- for greater stimulus to exertion frequently been remarked, that appears to me to exist in Lonsome ministers, who have been don, than can exist in
other acceptable and useful in coun- part of the kingdom, or pertry situations, have, upon their haps of the world. Is it beremoval to London, in a course cause their diligence and zeal of time, fallen under neglect, suffer a decline, upon their and their usefulness seemed to change of situation? This I have come almost to an end. If cannot admit, without passing this remark had been made by a a censure on them, which I am person in the country, or by unwilling to allow. Is it beonly such persons in the city as cause, by associating with permay, from their prevailing dis- sons of superior rank, they inpositions, be accustomed to in- sensibly acquire habits of effedulge in the practice of degra- minacy, which destroy their dation and censure, little credit energy, and betray them into ought to be attached to it; but a strain of preaching, of too reas it has, if I mistake not, been fined a cast for general usefulmade by persons whose judg- ness? Or, is it because they ment and whose motives we are so much taken up in comhave the least reason to suspect, pany and formal visits, or even I am inclined to believe it must in the more public concerns of be founded in matter of fact. religion at large, as to leave But if So, to what can it be them scarcely sufficient time for owing? To this question I am the cultivation of their talents, at a loss for a reply. To say, and the regular discharge of the that God sees fit to withhold duties of their office?
Or, do that blessing, which is essential their literary pursuits so engross to the success of the ministry, their attention, and spread an is doubtless saying what is true, influence over their sermons and but not what is satisfactory.- discourses, as to hide the simOne is led to ask, Is there not plicity of the gospel, and rena cause for this affecting pro- der them more like the disciples cedure in the Almighty? A of Plato, of Cicero, or of cause which did not apply in Locke, than the ministers of a the former situations of such crucified Saviour?
Or, does ministers, but which does in the their elevated situation, in the present. Now, what can be largest and wealthiest city in that cause? Is it because their the world, raise them, in their talents are less suited to Lon- own apprehensions, above those don, than they were to congre- laborious and self-denying sergations in the country! This vices, to which they considered cannot be admitted, without im- themselves obliged, in a less plying a censure upon the judg- conspicuous and honourable siment of those who have pro- tuation? Is it from any, or cured their removal thither. Is from all of these causes united, it because they have less stimu- that the effect in question may lus to exertion than in their be supposed to arise ?: I really former situations ? Surely, no ; am at a loss for an answer, and
cannot prevail upon myself to | verted to God, will be saved
reply in the affirmative. But I with an everlasting salvation, wish you, who are upon the These are some of the awakenspot, to use your endeavours to ing thoughts which chide my ascertain the true cause; not sloth, and urge me on to refor the purpose of dwelling newed exertions in my Master's upon, or exposing, the failings work. Against the frowns of of your brethren, who, after all, the enemies of religion, or the I presume, possess excellen- censures of its pretended or its cies worthy your imitation; but lukewarm friends, should I that you may avoid the evil meet with the one, or the other, yourself, and guard against the as well as the fatigues and temptations that lead to it. vations to which such exertions
You will not, I hope, accuse expose me, I balance the conme of imposing too heavy a solation arising from the prosburthen upon you. I write, pect of the approbation of my not only in the confidence of Lord, and the full assurance he friendship, and from the sin- has given me, “ that they that cerest concern for your happi- be wise; shall shine as the ness and usefulness, but also brightness of the firmament; from a full persuasion, that I and they that turn many to should, were I in your situation, righteousness, as the stars, for deem that to be my indispen- ever and ever!” sable duty, which I have been I am, my dear Sir, recommending to you. It is Your's, very sincerely, what I am constantly endea
PHILO-LONDINENSIS. vouring to practise, as far as circumstances allow, in the
SINGULAR INTERVIEW sphere of action in which Providence has placed me.
GERMAN MENNONITE MINISTER fully convinced, that the gospel is true, and incomparably ex
SOME POLISH NOBLES, cellent. I venture my own sal
its truth and sufficiency. I am sure I can never The following interesting acdo what will answer to the obli- count, communicated by the gations, under which my Re- Rev. W. Rowe, of Weymouth, deemer has laid me. Í view will put our readers in possessouls as of infinite worth, time sion of the sentiments and confast passing away, and termi- duct of a numerous body of nating all my opportunities of Christians in Germany, before endeavouring to save them. I the period of the Reformation. look for the coming of my Lord, There can be no doubt but and am solicitous to be found these were some of the genuine of him watching. I am fully descendents of the Waldensian assured, that all my fellow sin- Christians, and that they were ners, who die in unbelief, will totally distinct from the mad be for ever miserable; as well men of Munster; though thouas that all, who are truly con- sands of Baptists, eminently