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when I become your pastor. You will doubtless ought I not to make them cheerfully, when the find in me much to pity and to blame; yet it is my honor of God, and the happiness of immortal souls earnest prayer that you may never have to charge require them? especially as I am bound not to count me with neglect in watching over you in the Lord; even my life dear unto me, so that I may finish my finally, I regrest your supplications for me course with joy. The sacrifices to which I allude the ihtone of the heavenly Majesty, that a door are chiefly, perhaps altogether, occacioned by abof uilerance may be opened unto me, that on me sence from my friends and connections, and a rethe communications of divine grace may ever moval from those interesting scenes of exertion be bestowed, that Christ may be magnified by my which have witnessed my first efforts to disseminate preaching and my life, that I may be preserved divine truth, and in which I have been favored with faithful unto death, and then receive a crown of some success.' life.
Thus happily was a point of so much importance Accept my cordial wishes for the prosperity to the interests of religion in Liverpool determined. of your own souls, of your families, but especially A consideration of the issue of this affair, together of your Christian society and of the cause of with many others perpequally occurring, should Zion amongst you. Cease not to pray solemnly, teach us to suspend our judgments of persons and fervenily, and without intermission, for me, and be places we have never seen-and should tend to lieve me yours, in our glorious Lord,
weaken those unjust and injurious prejudices against
" THOMAS SPENCER." them which we too hastily form---too tenaciously Hoxton, September 26, 1810.
cherish. Often we picture to ourselves the most This official communication to the church was
enchanting scenes, the most delightful associations, accompanied by a private letter to the friend, under in connection with a spot we are about to visit, and whose roof he had resided during his occasional are disappointed--and as often we find those charmvisit, and to whose care the preceding document ing scenes, and happy associations, in regions which was addressed.
our prejudices had invested with everything glooiny
and repulsive. Had Spencer yielded to the impulse XXX
of his feelings, he had never become pastor of a “Hoxton college, September 19.
church in Liverpool. And although the meinory
of his lamented fate may induce, from feelings “MY DEAR SIR, - If you wish immediately to know generally regarded as honorable to humanity, a wish the purport of my enclosed answer to the respect- that he had not--yet the Christian sees in this the ful and pressing invitation I have received from hand of God—and, contemplating the mighty work Newington, turn to the 22d verse of the Epistle to which in his short ministry he was honored to perPhilemon.
form, rejoices that, however mysterious the decree, "I hope you will forgive me for the long, the it was ordered so. It is not for us to calculate doubtful suspence, in which I have been obliged to whether he would have been more useful, or less detain you; in my own view I have acted rightly, useful, or as useful elsewhere-he was eminenty and I have no doubt but you will say that it was useful in Liverpool-and though all must weep all proper, when you come to hear my statement that he should be so soon, so suddenly removed It is astonishing what I have had to meet with yet none who witnessed the extraordinary impres. through the kindness of my London friends-kini sion which his labors produced in so large and ness you will think improperly manifested, when populous a town, but must rejoice in their sucI tell you, that they, with very few exceptions, cess, and adore the Providence which broughi him entreat, beg, and request
, that I would not settle there. at Liverpool. I can only tell them, that in this affair, Nor was it from the want of other calls that Mr. *I hear a voice they cannot hear;
Spencer was induced to accept that which he reI see a hand they cannot see!'
ceived from Liverpool. Many were the churches
which desired 10 enjoy his valuable ministry; And have the leadings of Providence lost their amongst others, the following places may be named importance ? or the direction of Heaven become - Kidderminster, Kentish Torrn, Jouin-street, Worthmerely matter of idle talk?. I have not written in- ing, Southampton, and Tonbridge chapel. dividually to any person in Liverpool besides your This last-mentioned chapel is a recently erected self: I should have found a difficuliy in speaking building, in the new road leading from Pentonville of the business before I had made known my de- to Paddington, near London-in a populous, restermination. By the first Sabbath in February next pectable, and increasing neighborhood. During year, I shall (God willing) be again in Liverpool, its erection, an impression was encouraged, both on when I hope the presence of my covenant God will Mr. Spencer's mind, and that of the surrounding accompany me, and his Spirit grant me wide suc- inhabitants, that he would probably be the preaeher.
The prospect of leaving my friends and con. The idea was not at all unpleasant to him. In most nections for so distant a place as Liverpool, and respects the arrangement met his wishes; and he especially as many of them oppose the plan, some had even laid the plan on which he resolved to act, times fills me with melancholy gloom; but thy will provided his expectations had been realized. He be done' is a petition that well becomes me in my purposed to reside a few miles out of town, to presituation; may I have grace given me to use it with vent the dissipation of his time, and to come 10 Lona sincere and believing heart.
don on certain days to visit his people. He expect
ed much gratification from the neighborhood of his “I trust it will appear, that the general good of friend and fellow student, the Rev. S. Haslock, mithe church of Christ, and of the inhabitants of nister of Kentish Town chapel, with whom he hoped Liverpool, is the object to which I have directed my to unite in plans of usefulness for their vicinity. But warm and unremitting exertions. Farewell.
circumstances did not conspire to call into exercise "I remain sincerely yours,
those judicious and benevolent designs. "Thomas SPENCER."
The chapel was opened early in November, 1810; To this may be added an extract from a letter, and on Sunday, the 18th, he preached his first serdated September 1st, 1810.
mon there. It was in allusion to its recent opening, “My mind still inclines to Liverpool, and that for founded on Heb. x. 19–22. After the congregathe most substantial reasons. If I accept this invita- tion was dismissed, he went over the whole build. tion, I shall be obliged to make some sacrifices; but ing, the plan of which pleased him much. He was
particularly, delighted with the deep front gallery | with your family on my first entrance into Liverwhich by exhibiting a multitude of attentive faces, pool; it will be far superior to my being with stranencouraged him, he said, in his preaching. In thai gers. This half year has been a trying onc as to chapel he frequently addressed large and deeply in- preaching engagements, both on Sabbaths, and on terested auditories—and in that pulpit a public tri- week days. I continue supplying Hoxton, and the bure of respect was paid to his memory in a funeral New Chapel, Somer's Town, till Christmas: the day sermon, delivered by the Rev. Richard Slate, minis- after Christmas day, I hope to go to Brighton, to ter of Stand, near Manchester.
stay there three Sabbaths, and to return on the 17th From the period of his acceptance of the call to of January, io supply Roydon and Hertford the Liverpool, till February, 1811, when he actually next week; and the last Sabbath in January, to take entered on the pastoral office there, his time was my leave of this part of the kingdom by two serwholly occupied in the diligent pursuit of his stu mons at Hoxton. dies, and the labors of the pulpit
. Not a Sabbath passed, but witnessed twice or thrice his faithful “Tell our friends at Newington chapel that I am publication of the gospel of peace. On Sunday, the tolerably well, and wish to be kindly remembered to 25th of August, he revisited Dorking-a spot en-them. Farewell my valued friend. deared to him by the beauty of its scenery-but
“I am sincerely your's, more by the memory of those happy hours, which
" THOMAS SPENCER." introduced him to the knowledge and esteem of a most beloved and valued friend.
The purposes expressed in this letter were accomThe first Sabbath in November he spent at Brigh- plished according to the order in which they are ton, where he preached three times in the pulpit of stated. He visited Brighton, and preached on the the Rev. Mr. Siyles.
last Sabbath of the old year three times, at Mr. Returning to town he continued preaching in and Styles' chapel-in the evening a sermon adapied to about London till the close of the year, when he the season, from 1 John, ii. 17, ". And the world passagain visited Brighton, at which place he entered on eth away, and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the the year 1811-the last of his lite.
will of God abideth for ever!" On the evening of the In what way his mind was exercised during this Ist of January, 1811, he preached an appropriate disperiod—and how his principles as a Christian iri- course at the Countess of Huntingdon's chapel; and umphed over his feelings as a man in the prospect of on the following Thursday, and three times on the a long and painful separation from those he loved- Sunday, he preached at Mr. Styles'. On the Monday may be seen by the following letter to a friend in evening, being the first Monday in the month, the Liverpool :
missionary prayer meeting was held in Brighton,
when he delivered a most animated and impressive XXXI.
address from Matt. xiii. 16–17, "Blessed are your Hoxton, Dec. 5th, 1810.
eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for
verily I say unto you, that many prophets and righte“MY DEAR SIR-I am persuaded that you will ex- ous men have desired to see those things which ye cuse my negleeting to write to you so long, when see, and have not seen them; and to hear those you recollect that the hope I daily entertained of things which ye hear, and have not heard them.” seeing you in town appeared to represent my trou- He continued another Sabbath in Brighton, and left bling you with an epistle as unnecessary. I am ex- that place some time in the following week. Passtremely pleased to hear of the increase and welfare ing through London, he went into Hertfordshire. of your family; I cannot but feel an interest in their on Sunday, January the 20th, he preached at Royprosperity and happiness : may the Lord pour his don, morning and afternoon, and at Hoddesdon in Spirit upon your seed, and his blessing upon your the evening. On the Tuesday evening he preached offspring, that they may spring up as among the at Hertford, and slept again under his paternal roof. grass, as willows by the water conrses! I suppose On Wednesday evening he preached at Stansted, I need not inform you, that I anticipate my journey and on Thursday evening again at Hertford. This 10 Liverpool with mingled emotions of mind. The was, I believe, his la t visit to his native town, and idea of a long and paintul separation from my con to his father's house! The separation which then nections does certainly at times overwhelm me with again took place between himself and his beloved melancholy gloom; I have not yet learned to con- family was final. The farewell which he bade to quer my feelings, nor am I particularly eminent for the scenes of his infancy and childhood was eterphilosophic heroism. The idea that I am going nal! I cannot suppress the melancholy feeling which where divine Providence has directed me, does oc- this reflection has awakened in my mind. lam arcasionally impart to me strong consolation ; may rived at length upon the eve of a mournful detail, my wishes as to extensive usefulness among you be which all along I have anticipated with emotions of answered; may they be exceeded in the prosperity distress. Alas! that one so useful should be so of the church and congregation, and in the increase soon removed! And that ere we enter on the soof spirituality and holy enjoyment in my own soul ! lemn engagements of his pastoral life, we should be
"I am glad you are successful in getting accepta compelled to notice circumstances so closely conble supplies; this is a point which should be attend- nected with his death! ed to. I should like the congregation to have the The following Sabbath, January 27th, was the best of preachers. My books, &c. I must send from last he spent in London. On that day he preached London before Christmas day, that I may have no in the morning at Hoxton chapel, from Phil. iii. 8, trouble with them after my return from Brighton. "Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for "I am extremely happy in the prospect of being the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my
Lord.” And in the evening at Tonbridge chapel, * Mr. Slate was formerly a fellow-stndent with Mr. from 2 Cor. iv. 3. “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid Spencer. He was supplving the pulpit at Toubridge to them that are lost.” The labors of this Sabbath chapel in the antumn of 1811, the period of Mr. Spen- completed his engagements at Hoxton and Tonbridge cer's death. His discourse is founded on John v: 35, chapels; but on the evening of the following day, “ He was a burning and a shining light.” It was aster- (Monday,) he took an affectionate leave of his bewords published and has reached a second edition. loved friends--the constitnents—the tutors-the stuThe sentiments it breathes are honorable to the au- dents—and the congregation at Hoxton, from the thor's character as a man, a Christian, and a friend. pulpit of that chapel. The crowd that pressed to
hear his last sermon (for so it proved) in London That he was maduring fast for the enjoyment of was inmense. One cornmon sentiment of attach- his reward, even when he left London to commerce meni and grief seemed to pervade the assembly. A his pastoral engagements, is a conviction indelibly friend charged him
on that occasion not to play up impressed upon the minds of those who were ac on the passions. Not that he was in the habit of customed to attend his preaching, or mingle in his doing this; but there appeared on this occasion a society. They remember certain expressions, both probability that he might. To that suggestion he of countenance and language, which seemed to inreplied, that "neither his feelings nor his conscience dicate a tone of piety--a spirituality of feelingwould admit of such trifling." He addressed the too exalted for a long continuance here. And it is people on this interesting occasion from those me to be regretted, that such expressions, at the time so morable words of Paul-Acts xx. 24, “But none of powerful in their influence, and so carefully prethese things inove me, neither count'I my life dear served by a tenacious memory, no pen-no pencu) unto me, so that I may finish my course with joy, can portray. Hence the sermons oi animated and and the ministry which I have received of the Lord extemporary preachers, when introduced to us from Jesus.”*
the press, lose half their force and beauty. The Thus were Spencer's labors in the metropolis scope of the discourse—the process of the argument closed for ever-labors—the renewal of which thou -may be indeed preserved; but the unpremeditarsands anticipated with delight. But he was ripen-ed, momentary flashes of holy fervor, and of briling fast for glory—and rapidly advancing to the ter- liant genius, cannot. The eloquence of the eyemination of his course. Yea, the impression of his the expression of the countenance-the meaning excellence—the feeling of regret at his departure, which is sometimes thrown into, every limh and was yet strong and lively in the hearts of many, muscle of the frame-are wanting.
And though when the tidings of his death shed a deeper sorrow 'tis pleasing to possess a memorial of those, whom through the scenes and circles which he had edified living we revered and loved, yet the imperfection by his public instructions, or enlivened by his pri- of the copy only deepens our regret at the loss of vate friendship!
the original. In the preaching of Spencer, it seemed It was on the 28th of January, that Mr. Spencer as though he saw before him every object he depreached his farewell sermon at Hoxton chapel- scribed--and felt the full force--the vast importance and it was on the 15th of August, in the same year, of every subject upon which he spoke. in the same pulpit—and to nearly the same congre Preaching one evening at Back-street, Horsley gation--that his funeral sermon was delivered by Down, and speaking of the reward of the faithful the Rev. Henry Forster Burder, one of the tutors of gospel minister, “Methinks," said he, “ I already the academy. In that discourse, a just and elegant hear the melodions accents of the Saviour's voice, tribute was paid to the mingled piety and talent saying ' Well done, good and faithful serrant, enler which formed the charm of his ministry. From into the joy of thy Lord.?” It was remarked, that the known endowments of the preacher, and from he appeared as though he heard a voice personally the opportunities which he enjoyed of obtaining a addressing him. His anticipation was in a very few' correct estimate of Mr. Spencer's powers, that tri- months realized ! bute must derive considerable propriety and force: Anxious for the usefulness and variety of his and as it chiefly regards his ministerial labors in ministry, he begged of his friend, upon his leaving London, I shall close these imperfect memoirs of London, to send him any useful pamphlets or them with an extract from it.
works which might come out; “Let me know," “During the last two years of our valuable said he," when popular ministers are in lowofriend's residence at Hoxton, he was very frequent- the texts they take for particular occasions-festily engaged in preaching in London and its vicinity. vals, &c., the settling or removal of my fellow stuhis this chapel has been, on many occasions, the dents," &c. scene of his labors, and has been often thronged with The last time he was with his friend alone, prior the multifudes attracted by his abilities and piety, I to his setting off for Liverpool, their approaching need scarcely attempt an estimate of his pulpit ta- separation was, as may be well imagined, the topic lents. That they were eminent--that they were of discourse—when, with his own peculiar affeclivu brilliant—that they were captivating--will
' not, I and energy, he said-think, be denied by any who witnessed their exhibition. He undoubtedly displayed no small degree of “Through Christ when we together came, pulpit eloquence, and his eloquence was distinguish In singleness of heart, ed by characteristic features. It was not the kind We met, O Jesus! in thy name: of eloquence in which a youth of genius might be And in thy name we part. expected most to excel, and of which luxuriance of imagination constitutes the chief attraction; it was
We part in body, not in mind, not a peculiar vivacity of fancy, which gave life to Our minds continue one ; his addresses, although in this, respect they were
And each to each, in Jesus joiu'd, not deficient; but they rather owed their effect to
We happily go on. the energy and animation infused by the ardor of his soul, and to the unaffected fervor of his religious feelings, the impression of which was aided
Present in spirit still we are, by no small advantages of person, voice, and elocu. And intimately nigh; tion. In endeavoring rightly to appreciate his quali
While on the wings of faith and prayer, fications for the duties of the Christian minisiry, I
We Abba! Father! cry. must not omit to notice the truly edifying manner in which he conducted the devotional exercises of O may thy Spirit, dearest Lord, the pulpit. His gift in prayer was peculiarly ex In all our travels still cellent. The language of his petitions seemed to Direct and be our constant guard breathe the ardent aspirations of a heart alive to To Zion's holy hill. God, and accustomed io enjoy fellowship with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
death of the Rev. T. Spencer, by the Rev. Henry * See Appendix No. IV.
Forster Burder, M. A. one of the tutors of the Hoxton + See a sermon, delivered in Hoxton chapel, on the academy--page 32.
TO MR. JOHN HADDON,
Oh! what a joyful meeting there,
| natural tendency in Spencer's constitution, how Beyond these changing shades;
sweetly is the influence of better principles displayed White are the robes we then shall wear,
in the humility with which he confesses and deAnd crowns upon our hearls.
plores his error. If upon this page the eye of a
cold, phlegmatic, stern professor should dwell, let Haste, Lord, and bring us to the day
it rot be averted in disgust, when it beholds this When we shall dwell at hoine,
amiable youth's confession of an error, of a temptaCome, O Redeemer, come away;
tion to which he is incapable—and to others, if such O Jesus quickly come.”
there be, who happy to discover in such a character,
any thing like the shadow of a fault, should be preOn Sunday, 3d of February, 1811, Mr. Spencer paring to pronounce a censorious and malignant commenced his stated, pastoral labors at Newington judgment, I would say—"Let him that is without sin chapel, Liverpool. He was then just twenty years cast the first stone." of age-possessed of every endowment that could The following letter was written the day after his render him eminent as a minister-and every arrival in Liverpool. amiable disposition that cou'd endear him as a
XXXII. friend. The people of his charge, together with numbers who participated with them in their joy, hailed his entrance on his sacred duties with delight. From him they fondly anticipated a long series of
Liverpool, February 20, 1811. varied and useful instructions-on him they gazed “MY DEAR FRIEND—I am safely arrived at tha with adiniration, as affording them no mean esam scene of my future labors. My journey, though ple of a holy and devoted life-and to him they long, was far less irksome than any one I have belooked with pleasure as their children's friend. fore undertaken. The roads were bad; this made That he was prepared to meet these high expecta- us late in our arrival at Liverpool. We did not tions, none who have contemplated the superioren- reach it till a quarter before twelve last night. The dowinents of his mind can, for a moment, doubt- short time that I have yet spent here has been quite his literary altainments, though not splendid, were pleasant-it has been happy. The serious people respectable-his theological knowledge was con- of the congregation have already paid me many siderable-his acquaintance with mankind indeed kind and Christian attentions. With the blessing was scanty; he had only moved amongst the excel of the Master whom I serve, I expect to-morrow to lent of the earth; but this, while it might expose spend a very delightful Sabbath. My best feelings him to certain inconveniences, gave him this ad- for the glory of our Lord and the increase of his vantage—that he appeared in all the native ingenu- kingdom, will I hope be more strongly excited than ousness of unsuspecting youth. His love of study ever they have yet been. I cannot but think that was great, which insured a constant supply of inte- the Head of the Church has some great work to acresting materials for his public ministry—whilst he complish in Liverpool, and the desire of my heart possessed a facility, an ease, an elegance, in the is that I may be the instrument employed to effect communication of his thoughts, displayed by few. it. Oh! for a large measure of the influence To all these, he added the graces of ihe Spirit in no of the blessed Spirit to render me ardently pious, common degree-the glorious attributes of a soul and to keep me zealous in my endeavors to do good eminently devoted to God-a solemn awe of his to souls. I know here are numbers who pray earnestly sacred office-an habitual reference to the final ac- for me, and whilst these pious people besiege the count he should be called to render-and an ardent throne of grace on my behalf, I will not fear that my zeal for the Redeemer's glory! Such was Spencer God will desert me. To be holy and to be when he entered on the duties of his stated min useful at this moment, appears to be the first wish istry!
of my heart. Do you say, 'indulgent God let it be But I shall justify this sketch of his character by accomplished !! some extracts from his letters.
“I am tired with my journey and pressed for In one dated Brighton, January 9th, 1811, he time. Believe me in the bonds of Christian affec
Sincerely yours, *I dread the termination of the happiness I now
" THOMAS SPENCER." enjoy. It will be the commencement of a long and agonizing separation. Oh! that henceforth I may
According to his anticipation, he did enjoy on the live more devotedly to Gol than I have ever yet Sabbath a happy day, although in the morning he done. I can truly say this is my desire; for to
was considerably agitated by the peculiarly solemn be a preacher of the gospel, and not to feel its dre circumstances of his new and most responsible situabiding influence on the heart, is awfal indeed. ation. In the morning his text was admirably Since I have been here I have trembled for myself, adapted to the occasion. Gen. xxviii. 22—" And when I have recollected the numerous follies of the Jacob vowed a vow, saying, if God will be with me, four years I have spent at Hoxton. The Lord par- bread to eat and raiment to put on, so that I come
and keep me in this way that I go, and will give me don me, and teach me to be more holy. Pray for me. Affectionately yours,
again to my father's house in peace: then shall the Mr. Spencer is certainly a striking example of Lord be my God, and this stone which I have set up what some persons are unwilling to admit-the for a pillar, shall be God's house, and of all that thore possibility of a close and humble walk with God, shalt give me. I will surely give the tenth unto thce." even amid the snares and temptations of an acade' In the evening he preached from 1 Cor. xv. 49, my. That in colleges, even the best regulated,
" And as we have borne the image of the earthly, we temptations to levity exist, cannot be denied. Where shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” In the mary young men, of a lively turn of mind, are as
course of the ensuing week, he wrole as follows: sociated, it must be so. But although such a spirit
XXXIII. may be partially, and at intervals encouraged-yet where there is true piety, the mind will be elevated
Liverpool, Feb. 7, 1811. above ibeir habitual influence, and occasional in “Oh! what a memorable day to me was the first stances of failure will excite to diligence for the Sabbath I spent in this place; every circumstance future, whilst "hey awaken deep regret and poig- that took place appeared worthy of attention and nant 'sort , w for the past. If to this there was a big with events; never before had I entered a pul.
TO A MINISTER.
pit, with those awful, solemn feelings with which I from its own observation by such deep, humility. was impressed that morning. The idea of appear- Some have indulged in speculations on the probable ing in a new character, of entering on a station influence of Spencer's popularity upon his characwhich I have no view of relinquishing till the day ter, had he been spared. It is possible that its influof my death; the weight of responsibility which ence might have been injurious; he was a man, attaches to the ministerial character; the dread lest though he was a Christian. But it is ungenerous I should act in any way unworthy of my sacred of- and unjust to his memory to cherish any gloomy fice; all these things would naturally impart an un- suspicions on the subject, when, long as he did live, usual solemnity to the mind. ON THAT DAY heaven he sustained the Christian character with unsullied is my witness of the holy resolutions I formed. Oh purity, and descended to the grave the same holv, that God may ever enable me to put them in execu- humble, and devoted youth, as when emerging tion."
from the obscurity of his birth, the world first witThe attention which his labors had excited, while nessed his unfolding powers. an occasional supply, was repeated, now that he To the extracts already made, illustrative of his had comienced his stated ministry. Soon the cha-humility, I shall add ai.uther—which as it is withpel became again crowded to excess. The town out date, may be well introduced here. was filled with his praise—the most respectable of the inhabitants were perpetually disarpointed in
XXXV. their attempts to hear him, not being in any way able to gain admittance to ihe chapel, so excessive was the throng. His coming seemed to be the com
“I have at length taken up my pen to return you mencement of a new era in the religious interests my sincere acknowledgmenis for the lively interest of Liverpool--at least amongst the dissenters. The you take in my welfare and happiness, and espe. prejudices of many were gradually subdued." The cially for the excellent advice you have given me ione of public sentiment, with respect to that class as to the faithfulness of my preaching, and the cir. of Christians amongst whom he labored, consider cumspection necessary in my conduct. Oh! nerer ably raised. Many, by no means anxious to conceal may I be left to indifference in the statement of their opposition to his principles, were compelled to
those glorious truths, which may well demand the pay a just, though reluctant tribute to the fascina- glowing fervor of our souls, since their importance tions of his eloquence; and many whom the fame is declared to us by the blood of the Lamb: May of that eloquence brought beneath the sound of his the same Saviour be honored by my feeble ministra. voice were savingly converted unto God; and of tions, whom I know you delight to extol. You have these, some are at this moment honorable members been long engaged in endeavoring to give Him a of the church of which he was the pastor. So far hearts of the people. This, however, is a glorious
high place in the affections and a throne in the from being elated by his popularity, and rendered vain by the uncommon atiention he excited and re
cause, in which I have but lately embarked; ret ceived from all ranks-every Sabbath, while he may the same Holy Spirit, who has enabled the he. grew in public estimation, he seemed to'sink in his ralds of salvation in every age to testify of Jesus, own esteem, in humble 'acknowledgments of his make my tongue ever 10 tell his excellence, warm own unworthiness, and in a yet deeper sense of his my heart to feel his love, and influence my conduct awful obligations. The next is an extract of a let- to show forth his praise! I think I hear you add, ter to his father.
The following is also without date:-
Liverpool. this is the sphere in which Infinite wisdom intends "MY DEAR FRIEND– I earnestly wish for you the ine to move. My congregation is vast every time support and the care of our constant and unchangeI dispense the word of life. A general spirit of able friend, the Lord Jesus Christ: every day seems hearing seems excited in this large town—the pros- to convince me of the necessity and the happiness pect is in every respect encouraging, and I am in- of a close walk with God: let us be always trusting duced to hope, that great good will be done. I feel in God, and praying to him, and there is no doubi the awful responsibility that attaches to my employ- but he will preserve and bless us. I was much ment; and when I recollect the multitude of souls pleased with an instance of resignation to the Dicommitted to my care, I tremble, and exclaim, 'Who vine will I lately met with. A pious and valuable is sufficient for these things ?' I often think how member of our congregation lost his property, to a different is my situation now, to what it was when considerable amount, by an alarming fire. "I was I lived at my father's house. I am called to an ac- with him soọn after it happened, and it would have tive and laborious scene. Once it was enough for done you good to have heard him say, with so much me just to execute your wishes, and then in the calm and sacred acquiescence as he discovered, quiet enjoyment of our own family circle to expe- "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; rience satisfaction and comfort. Now God has blessed be the name of the Lord." I could not but blessed me by making me a blessing to others. May wish that in all times of trial, I and my friends he preserve me faithful, and make mc an honorable might have the same God to strengthen and fortify and holy Christian !"
the mind as he had. Indeed you were mistaken, In another letter to his father, dated April the my worthy friend, when you judged my letter to 9th, 1811, he says
you an expression of joy al separation froin my “The interest excited in this town is still lively friends. No, no. There is not a heart in the world and great. I trust much good is done. Prejudices that feels more truly and sincerely on such occaare removed, convictions are impressed on the mind, sions than my own; but I wish ever to remember and the cause of Satan appears to tremble under the great object of my existence, and of my call to the influence of the doctrines of the cross."
the ministry- not selfish ends but the glory of my This is indeed a portrait worthy the attention of God; and when he commands, whatever flesh and the candidate for the Christian ministry--the stu- blood might suggest, or carnal wishes desire, I must dent and the minister. It is charming to behold immediately obey. It is this thought, and the persuch excellence, so universally applauded, veiled / suasion that I am employed in the vineyard of the