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was baptized in the same month, by that eininent servant of God, the late Rev. Edward Hitchen, then pastor of the church assembling at Wbite Row, Spitalfields. "His parents, one of whom survives him, were pio:is and respectable; and imparted to him and to a numerous fainily, the invaluable advantages of religious education. His mother' (says an affectionate and near relative of the deceased +) in pious and grateful remembrance of the Lord's helping hand in some difficulties, desired that he might be nained Ebenezer; and his father, who has now been dead about nine years, mentioned that, from the birth of the child, he had a strong desire and presentiment, that he would be devoted to the service of the Lord in the sanctuary.
It may be truly said of bim, that, like Obadiah," he feared the Lord from bis youth. From his earliest ycars, he was of a grave, serious, and studious tum of mind; manifesting great tenderness of conscience and attention to divine tuings. At a very early age be used to take his younger sister into a retired apartment, and pray with her, and urge her to pray for herself. When he was only ten years of age, his father being often detained out late at night by business, he used to read a chapter with his mother and the other children ; and on one of these occasions, when his mother proposed to bim to read a prayer, he answered, with great simpiciiy,“ Oh, mother, I don't pray with a book!" with a little persuasion, he was induced to engage in prayer; aud from thai time generally officiated as the chaplain of the little circle in his father's absence. Shortly after this, he formed a society of youths, about his own age, who used 10 meet on Sabbath evenings, in his father's house, for social prayer; and a refreshing season'it often proved to many older and more experienced Christians, who occasionally entered ile room, or lisiened at the door.' Evident and pleasing a5 were these intimations of early piety, it appears that he had Jio dccided intention of entering on the work or the ministry til a incre advanced period of bis file. He was apprenticed at the usual age, to Mr. R. Butler, a respectable husier
, in Gracechurch Street. In this situation be met with a kind friend in the late Rev. John Olding, of Deptford, who enand Nanconformity; and that one of these kaving had an information laid against him, when the officers came to search his house, took refuge in an üren, over the mouth of which a spider almost immediately wove a large web.
This circumstance induced the unicers to omit searching the oven, as they concluded that nobody could bave been there for months. By this singular event, the good man escaped. A similar story is related iu some pari of llavel's writings ; and it is probable, refers tu the same person. How just the observation of Dr. Paley, that in the whs and ways of God, print and tiltle are icruis of no meaning !
+ 'The passages marked by inverted comidas are selected froin an interede letter, which the writer receivcü from his vrulber, dr. Walles While, London,
cottraged his serious and studious inclination, and supplied him with many suitable books. - During his apprenticeship he was uniformly steady and consistent. His youth was never stained by the pollution of those vicious habits, so fataily prevalent at that period when the passions predominate, and reason, conscience, and religion, are too generally disregarded.
- From one of his letters, written about three years ago, to his brother, it appears that at this time he was in some measure inclined to a system of Hyper-Calvinism, bordering, at least, on Antinomianism, and which nas obtained popularity under the mistaken notion of its tendency to glorify the divine grace, 'though it gives a dishonourable view of the divine character; and the spirit of which is even worse than its principles, tending to subvert all that characterizes the Christian temper.
Mr. White had peculiar reason 10 be thankful that he was delivered from the paw of a lion and a bear,' much more dreadful than ever David encountered. Alluding to his juvenile feelings and opinions, he says, in the letter referred to, -'[ wish our poor father had not permitted our absence from the meetings of that church where we were naturally and providentially connected, and where we received our baptism. Many a time, when a dupe of a boy, have I ran sweating to H 's, to be amused, on surprizëd, when my conscience might have been more effects ally searched, and my mind edified at White Row.'
But the sphere of business was not that in which Mr. White was qualified to shine. At the expiration of his apprenticeship, his thoughts reverted to a subject which often awakened, Lefore and afterwards, his most anxious feelings. Distressing himself, he consulted his pious and judicious friends; and at length, by the special recommendation of the late Rev. John Reynolds, of Camomile Street, be offered himself as a probationer for the ministry, to the Directors of Iloxton Academy. To that respectable seininary he was admitted in the year 1796. Here, his diligent appl.cation to the various branches of study was highly exemplary, and his personal piety habitually conspicuous. After spending three years at lioxton, he commenced his regular labours at Potter's Pury, in Northamptonshire; but not finding the situation congenial with his wishes, he removed to Hertford, where he was ordained in April 1801. The Rev. Messrs. S. Burder, Reynolds, Greatheed, and Claytou senior, engaged in the principal services on that occasion. For reasons which to the mind of Mr. White fully justified his determination, he leit Hertford in a year or two after his ordination; and under the direction of Mr. T. Wilson, visited Lancashire, where he preached with considerable acceptance and success, for several months at Rochdale, Bamford, and the neighbouring places. The church assembling in Queca Street Chapel, Chester, had beon without a settled pastor
inore than eight years. They heard of his character and recommendations; and requested him to supply their vacant pulpit. About two months after his arrival, which took place in October 1802, he received a unanimous call to‘labour over them in the Lord ;' he immediately accepted the invitation; and there his faithful services were enjoyed, till it pleased the great Head of the church to terminate bis course and co nplete his reward. The settlement at Chester was publicly recog. nized on the 19th of May 1803; and the Rev. Messrs. Johnson, Wilson, and Roby, conducted the services of that 50lennity.
In this scene of pastoral duty he was uniformly assiduous,and, as far as the measure of bodily vigour permitted (and too often beyond.it) he was actively devoted to the studies and pursuits of the Christian ininistry. Notwithstanding the frequent depression which arose froin constitutional infirmity and a melancholy temperament of mind, he generally preached thrice every Lord's Day, and once on an evening in the week. Ilis sermons were always distinguished by their neat arrangement and perspicuous method; and he was peculiarly happy in the selection of appropriate portions of Scripture for the proof and illustration of the topics he discussed. 'The habit of accurate classification was remarkably predominant in all his literary and theological inquiries; and great ingenuity appeared in what may be called the mechanism of bis discourses. Hence a logical minuteness of detail appeared in his sermons, which at times interfered with the more important properties of amplitude and sįrength; but he was always the faithful, consistent, intelligent, and useful preacher. While the leading features of evangelical truth were prominently exhibited, he shunned not to declare the whole counsel of God'-neither discarding any peculiarities of the systein, be considered most agreeable to ihe sacred word, nor afraid of enforcing the practical tendency of Christian principles. He was, what every minister of the gospel should be, a good textuary, and therefore, according to the well-known adage of Luther, a good divine.' His knowledge of the Scriptures was extensive, – and at the same time, minute. He had not only formed distinct conceptions of the great outlines of revealed truth, but all the subordinate parts of revelation were clearly within his comprehension. He studied the entire architecture of the sacred temple, and viewed its appendages and ornaments, as well as its general design and principal proportions, with interest and admiration. Thus qualified for the service of the church, and continually enlarging, his stores of knowledge by incessant application, he brought forth 'things new and old. His discourses were particularly adapted to promote the edifying of the body of Christ;' and in this department of labour be enjoyed most success,
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To the Edilor. A Word to the Wise is sufficient;' and sometimes short Mints, properly giren, have more weight, and produce greater effect than long and laboured discourses. I have frequently seen, in your useful work, • Hints to Professors :' and, indeed, they stand in need of so many Hints, that I think this might very well form a separate department in the Evangelical Magazine; or if you only adopt the word Hints, it would open a larger field still, and might include Hints to Ministers and their Congregations, – to Saints and to Sinners, – to Rich and to Poor Professors, &c. for they all stand in need of many Hints. Should you think it proper to adopt this mode of attempting to do good, I could, perhaps, supply you with a lint once in a while; and I doubt not but they would pour in so fast from all parts of the country, that you would soon have more Hints than you could communicate to the Public. By inserting the following, you will much oblige
Your humble Servant, John TuouguTFUL.
1. A Hint to Deacons. - Many Ministers have large families, and very small incomes ; indeed, there are but few Ministers whose salaries are at all adequate to the expences of the present tiines. They can-barely procure the necessaries of life; how then are their children to be educated? Would it not be an easy matter in most congregations to raise, in addition to the Minister's Salary, a suin sufficient to place a Son or a Daughter of their Minister, for two or three years, at some Boarding School, where terims are moderately low? and then perhaps another, or even a third ?--This Hint is given to Deacons, because they are the properest persons to bring such matters forward before the congregation. If they should think it worthy of their notice, I inust request them not to satisfy themselves by saying 'It would be a very good thing,' but to set immediately about it; and if only one poor Minister of Christ should fare the better for it, I shall rejoice.
O. A Ilint to Christian Farmers. It is customary in many parts of the country, for Farmers to let their Labourers have sufficient Wheat for their families at five or six shillings per bushel. Ought they not to manifest the same benevolent disposition towards their Ministers ? Surely, nothing can be more reasonable, and nothing can be more easy, where there are eight or ten Fariners in a Congregation, and all are willing to unite in such a good work. This plan has long been adopted in some places; and I myself, who am a Minister, have found the good effects of it. Farmers, We are your Labourers. We labour for the good of your immortal souls ; and, if we sow unto you spiritual things, shall we not reap your carnal things?
3. A Flint to the Readers of the Evangelical Magazine. Thousands are ready to attest that the Evangelical Magazine is a valuable work; and the experimental parts of it are often consoling to those poor Christians into whose hands they occasionally fall. It is presumed that most of the purchasers of this work are at the expence of having it bound up; but this is not generally the case. I have lately been well informed, that a certain Reader of this work is in the habit of selling the numbers for waste paper; and the numbers thus sold are bought by a gentleman of infidel principles, out of curiosity. I wish they may do hiin good. But I would recommend such persons as do not bind their Magazines, to gire or lend them amongst the Poor in the Churches and Congregations to which they belong. I know some who have adopted this plan; by which religious knowledge and comfort are more widely ditfused.
1. WHEN I was a mere moral man, I sought something from Cbrist, and rested on this; had no fellowship with Christ himself, but since the Lord visited me with the love of his chosen, I seck the Lord himself; I am never satisfied without him, and find fellowship with himself. The virgins love thee.
2. When I was a moral man, I drew my comforts from my duties; but now I draw my duties from my comforts. My work was first; and because I did such a thing, or expected to get such a reward for working, I therefore went about duties; but now I first close with the promise, and, because alive, I yield iny members as weapons of righteousness. While a moral man, I did, and then believed; but now I first believe, and then do. My obedience is ingrafted upon the promises freely given, ‘Work out your own salvation, for it is God that workeih in you to will and to do.' But before, I could never see a promise till I saw my works; the promises were ingrafied upon my works and duties, my duties did lie on my privileges, but now my privileges lie on my duties.
9. Whatever I did formerly was for myself; when, indeed, converted, I acted for the Lord, and to please hiin. When moral, I hated sin, as prejudicial to me; but now as separating from, and grievous to Christ.
4. What I did was from myself, and in my own strength, not seeing my need of a divine power to lean upon; but when under special grace I live a life of faith, I see my own strength in another, and wait upon him. “I can do all things through Christ strengthening ine; and when I am weak, then am I strong