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pupil, and enabled him to obtain his certificate as an attorney-at-law. From these gentlemen he ever received the most considerate kindness, and he worked happily with them until, in the year 1824, he accepted the invitation of the committee of the Religious Tract Society to become permanently connected with that institution.

Mr. W. Jones, till the close of life, though his engagement with the Religious Tract Society prevented him from practising in his profession, always took out his attorney's certificate. He felt that, by cxempting him from all parochial offices, juries, and other similar engagements, it enabled him always to discharge, without interruption, his home and country engagements. His legal knowledge, moreover, was, it is believed, often useful in some of the business arrangements of the Tract Society.

CHAPTER IV.

THE SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER.

"Since the dear hour that brought me to thy foot,
And cut up all my follies by the root,
I never trusted in an arm but thine,
Nor hoped but in thy righteousness divine:
My prayers and alms, imperfect and defiled,
Were but the feeble efforts of a child;
Howe'er performed, it was their brightest part,
That they proceeded from a grateful heart :
Cleansed in thine own all-purifying blood,
Forgive their evil, and accept their good:
I cast them at thy feet-my only plea

Is what it was—dependence upon Thee.' The directors of the London Missionary Society having deemed it right to discourage Mr. W. Jones's wishes for employment in the holy work of Christian Missions, his mind appears to have been increasingly impressed with the importance of additional efforts to be useful at home. His labours in the Surrey Chapel Sunday-school were regular, and he was frequently called upon to

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deliver the address to the children. His ability as a public speaker was soon discovered by his friends, and many of them urged him to extend his public efforts. His first attempts as expounder of Divine truth were in but a lowly character. His earliest lecture was delivered at a cottage in Windmill-lane, a district near the present Clapham Park. It was on the 9th January, 1814, from the words “ And the door was shut.” From a memorandum made on the occasion it appears that he was called on unexpectedly to deliver the address, which was, consequently, strictly extemporaneous.

Very frequently afterwards he visited the cottage, when the labours of the Sunday-school were The toil was considerable, as he had at least eight miles to walk. "On one occasion,' he writes, the night was wet and dark. I reached the cottage with much difficulty, the road being exceedingly bad. I had a slip into a siding, which made me sadly wet. On reaching the cottage only one person was present, shortly afterwards two others came in. I was hurt at the indifference of the cottagers, and determined to leave, fearing that I should take cold. At the moment when I contemplated retiring, I thought

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to be greater than his Lord. I, therefore, remained standing on a sack, while my shoes were being dried at à neighbouring cottage.

The attendance was small, but to me at least the season was very far from an unhappy one.'

Soon after this occurrence he was invited by the Rev. Elisha Newth, then assistant minister at Surrey Chapel, to spend a Sunday at Kingston. He consented, after some hesitation, to preach during the day at three places of worship in the neighbourhood of Kingston.

• I well remember the day,' he writes : 'I rose very early, and my excellent mother met me at breakfast, and gave me her blessing before I started. I walked to Kingston, about ten miles, and was there received by Mr. Ranyard, a pious tradesman, with great kindness. In the morning I went to Hampton, and preached from 2 Samuel vii. 14, 15,-“I will be his father and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and the stripes of the children of men; but my mercy shall

; not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.” Just as I began my sermon a gentleman dressed in black entered the chapel, and, thinking he was a minister, I got sadly confused and forgot much of my subject. I was too proud to use notes, and needed such a

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lesson of humility. At the close of the brief service, I determined never again to undertake similar engagements should I mercifully get through the day.

• In the afternoon I preached at Claygate, about six miles from Kingston, from 1 Cor. iv. 20.

“ The kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” I was more collected at this service. In the evening I appeared once more at Hampton with much fear and trembling. My subject was Romans iii. 23.-" All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” About 160 people were present. I hope I was more humble than in the morning, and my mind was happy.' *

· This was the commencement of labours in the holy work of preaching the Gospel, which I remember with joy and pain. How unworthy are my poor addresses to the great and good work! Little did I expect to what an extent these imperfect efforts would be carried in after years. I hope that the bread I was permitted to cast upon the waters, has been found again after many days. Some facts have come to light, but I leave all such statements with the Lord. He has been a kind Master to me.'

In the year 1815, incidents occurred with reference to Surrey Chapel Sunday-school, of which he was now acknowledged to be a diligent

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