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it.Oh, no! He was too wise and with my own. Speaking of his mi. too humble to do either. And what- nistry, he says : “ I know not how to ever the length or breadth of his faith draw the lines ; but I believe that, in was, one thing is certain,-that he viewing his labours as a circumference, seemed very desirous to go to the I shall find no difficulty in tracing Bible, not with a creed, but for a creed. every line to the centre, and that centre He thirsted for the pure water of life, to be -- God. I do firmly believe that and loved to drink it fresh at the foun- I have not had the acquaintance of tain. He was a believer in the scrip- any minister whose aim was more ditural doctrines of the Father, Son, and rectly to glorify God, than was that of Holy Spirit ; in the divinity and atone- my dear departed brother. His purment of Christ ; in the regenerating, poses and efforts for the advancement sanctifying, and perfecting influences of truth were steady, uncompromising, of the eternal Spirit. These, and the but without moroseness or petulance. great evangelical truths connected with He said but little of his own experithem, he preached, in their theoretical ence—he was no man of profession. and practical fulness.
He dealt but scantily in the display of As a Christian teacher, our departed his principles. His language wasfriend was as well known to yourselves 'Show me thy faith without thy works, as to me, and perhaps better. He was and I will show thee my faith by my a sound, practical, pathetic, effective works. For evidences of personal preacher; and if it was not his to give religion, his first inquiry was about the such revelations of the causes and laws visible fruits of a holy life and converwhich work invisibly and harmoniously sation. And in these himself richly in the moral universe as would at once abounded. As a public man, he stood dazzle the eye and fire the heart of forth before the world ; and the public, reason ; if it was not his to enchant with a voice not to be mistaken, have with images of beauty, nor to shake passed an honourable sentence on his the conscience with thunder ; if it was labours. He was a good textuary, and not his to agitate, to their lowest well understood the conflicting docdepths, the sublimer passions of the trines of the day. But his ministrasoul, by representations of the marvel- tions had more of the practical than of lous in nature, or man, or God, still the theoretical cast; and he seemed he had great gifts, and he was faithful tremblingly fearful lest his ministry in the use of them. His administra- should lead any one to rest in faith, tions of truth were always grave, without being satisfied that that faith earnest, devout. His desire was to worked by love." speak the truth in love, for man's sal. The ministry of our friend, I need vation. His direct aim was usefulness. not say, was made very useful. Not He did not amuse his hearers with only by his consistent life, private lavain speculations and subtle theories; bours, and holy temper, but also by nor inflame them with passionate invec- frequent preaching in town and country, tives against all denominations but his he was the means of great good. The own ; nor tempt them to imagine that morning of his day in Pembrokeshire, the kingdom of God is anything else the noon at Banbury,—and the eventhan “righteousness, and peace, and ing in London, were all blessed with joy, in the Holy Ghost.” The mate- tokens of Divine favour. To his exrials of his sermons were selected with tensive usefulness here, there are bejudgment, arranged with simplicity, fore me now hundreds who can bear a and, generally, expressed with consi- grateful testimony. And may we not derable force. It gives me pleasure to confidently hope, that much of the seed find that the views of his gifted bro- of his ministry, hidden as yet in the ther, on this point, so fully harmonized soil, will hereafter spring up luxuriantly
around the grave of the sower ? Oh, though short, was sufficiently long to may the sunshine and showers of prepare the feelings of the dearest Heaven quickly bring it to pass! friend of his heart for the bitter trials
I need not say that the general of separation,-and that at last, when character of your lamented pastor death came, he had served his age acpossessed extraordinary worth. Sinple cording to the will of God, and was and unaffected in manners, address, ready to depart. Of this I had the and attire, so he was inwardly upright highest proofs during my last interand sincere. In the society of his view with him, only a few hours before ministerial brethren he was open, com- his departure. I said, “ You must not municative, and independent, yet with- let your mind sink. Remember what out ostentation. He was ever more we preach about death, the soul, and anxious to gain than to give instruc- God.” “Oh, no," said he, with a smile tion. All who knew our brother can and deep emphasis, “ my mind does. bear testimony to the wisdom of his not sink.” I withdrew. By his recounsel, the warmth of his sympathy, quest, I was soon recalled. Then, the disinterestedness and extent of his with an earnest look and tone, he said, beneficence. But how freely he taxed in his native language, “ Dyddanwch his limited resources for the benefit of fy ngwraig am plant. Gweddiwch others, was known only to the excel. drosynt a gyda hwynt.” * I signified lent and endeared companion of his my assent, and left him with his God. pilgrimage. His works are with God! It was the last time ! Blessed be
Shall I advert to his devotional tem. God, the tears and trials of his serper and habits? His piety was in- vant are over ; the victory is won ; telligent, deep, and fervid. It was not the soul is ascended! his practice to talk much about the And now, brethren, what is the imvicissitudes of his experience, the win- provement which we should draw from ters and summers, the tempests and this saddening dispensation ? Has it sunshines, that passed over his soul; not grave thoughts to offer us? Does yet he would sometimes freely open it not speak in solemn tones to this his heart. He often did so to me. church and congregation? Does it not Often, very often, did we pray together speak to us all? To you who statedly in secret. But, O my brother! never attended his ministrations, perinit me again wilt thou kneel by my side, to to say a word. Your minister has been breathe thy kind intercession for thy taken from you! He loved you : and friend! Still I rejoice that thy prayers you, too, loved him. But he is gone! are ended that thy songs have begun! Yes, he is gone! Do you realize it?
In concluding this brief review of He who only a few Sundays ago Mr. Harry's life and character, many preached in this pulpit, is now lying reasons for gratitude present them- cold and silent in yonder cemetery. selves. We should be thankful that you will see him no more ; you will he was led to receive the atonement hear him no more. I said, he sleeps and enter the church in the day of his yonder in his bed : surely you cannot youth,—that amid earthly vicissitudes mistake my meaning. It is only the and spiritual dangers, he was enabled earthly, the material part of his nature to stand, to fight, to overcome, -that that is there. Not but that we should he so eininently secured the confidence reverence that ; for it was once the and affection of his ministerial brethren, house of the soul, and the consecrated far and near,—that he was connected temple of its God. The Saviour with a church so eminent for its faith, watches its repose ; he will raise it up piety, and good works,—that he was so blessed in his domestic relations and « Console my wife and children. Pray connexions, that his last illness, for them, and with them."
at the last day, and endow it with im. remember him ; " show yourselves mortality. But the man—the man as men;" let the truth make you free ; to his essential and indestructible ele. “ lay hold on eternal life !" ments, is not there. The spirit reigns And is not this another call upon us, in life, and breathes perfection. And ministers and people, to be more conwho will venture to deny that its re- secrated than ever to the great princicollections, and care, and love of you ples and works of Christianity? Where --you, his sorrowing family-you, his are Guyse, and Stafford, and Gaffee, bereft congregation — still remain ? formerly pastors of this church? Where Who will venture to say that its eye are Wilks, Hyatt, Waugh, Burder, is no longer on your path, that its Newman, Winter, Orme, Hughes, warm sympathies are no longer around Ivimey, Rippon, Rowland Hill, and your being ?
many others, whom we well rememBut while our knowledge of the ber? All are gone-gone to their present affections and present agencies happy rest! Among them to-day is of the departed in relation to you is he who on the first sabbath of the last but uncertain and shadowy-your duty month joined with you here in comme. towards him is perfectly clear. Re- morating the Saviour's love. Now he member him who had the rule over sees and serves that Saviour on high. you, and spoke to you the word of Oh, my brother! thou art not lost God: whose faith follow, considering thou livest with the spirits of the perthe end of his conversation. Connect fect and the blessed. Yes! thou art a deep sense of responsibility with the with Christ, which is far better! Our recollection of his virtues as a man, hearts look for the day when we shall and his labours as a servant of Christ. meet thee again, and then shall we be To you he preached eternal truth with ever with the Lord. plainness and power. Does that truth And now, brethren, “ being comnow rule in your hearts, and govern passed about with so great a cloud of Four ways? Remember him, you who witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, are still unbelieving, and seek the and the sin which doth so easily beses Lord-oh, seek him to-day! You who us; and let us run with patience the have forsaken the path of peace, re- race that is set before us, looking unto member him, and return to your Jesus." Trusting his faithfulness, and Father's house ; why, oh why will ye leaning on the arm of his might, let us die ? You who are hesitating con- cheerfully tread the way of the desert ; cerning God, reconciliation, and duty, for we, too, shall soon be at home!
THOUGHTS ON THE OPENING OF CHINA TO THE GOSPEL. AN ADDRESS TO THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST WHO SUSTAIN THE OPERATIONS OF THE
LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY. DEAR BRETHREN,— The perusal of though you do not see him. I know the account of the late meeting at your heart towards a missionary, alExeter Hall, on behalf of China, has though I have not been able to elicit kindled in my heart the desire to ad. its sympathies. I know that it is full dress you. I feel as if it would be of the kindest and the warmest feelings treachery towards the best of Masters towards him, and that no voice is so to be silent at such a time. The state welcome to your ear in pleading for of my health, however, will not allow missions, as the voice of those who ine to address you with the living voice. have jeoparded their lives in the high But I trust you will not refuse to listen places of the field-of those who tell to the words of your missionary, al- you what their own eyes have seen,
and their own ears heard, and their honoured servant of Christ, his heart own hearts felt, of the sins and mi- thrills at the clarion of war summonseries of the heathen. This em ing the sacramental host of God's elect boldens me to hope that I shall not to China. He has heard, amid the appeal to you for China in vain. Oh, I stillness of night, the trumpet of an would speak to you in words worthy of earthly army, and the thrilling march the greatness of the theme. I would of troops passing by to warfare,- but it plead with you for three hundred mil. was a thrill of dread-of sickening fear lions of souls, as one who feels that for those who might speedily be numthree hundred millions of worlds could bered with the dead-of the shrinking not equal their worth. I would speak of the spirit from blood, and sin, and to you in words that should fall in melt- mourning, and woe ;- but now he exults ing power upon your hearts, kindling with a thrill of holiest joy, at the and quickening all the charities of souls thought of the warfare of faith, and the consecrated to God. But who is suffi- triumphs of love, cient for these things ? Oh that the The late events in China are of the Spirit of the living God may condescend highest magnitude. The long-desired to use my feeble words as one means time has come—the wall is scaledby which he will rouse the church of a breach is made in it that will never Christ to look at, and to discharge her be closed-England has done in Chipa duty to China.
what Portugal did in India, she has And I am the rather desirous to plead demonstrated that she may be conwith you for China, allow me to say, quered ; and thus her position is altered that I may give you another proof that for ever. She will no longer stand the spirit of a missionary cherishes no apart from all the world, despising all jealousy-that if for a moment the un- nations, and unknown to all ; she must holy feeling show itself, the power of henceforth take her place amidst the the mighty principles which form his great powers of the earth. The probcharacter instantly destroys it—that the lem is solved, the amount of her remissionary from Madras can rejoice in sources is known, the dread of unknown the well-earned reputation of the de- strength is passed away. She is manivoted missionary from Bengal, and pray festly weaker than England. Her exthat thousands may wait upon his lips clusive pretensions must cease ; China to hear his appeals for India, with all is open to the world-open to the enthe interest, and more than the inte terprise, the civilization, the religion of rest, and more than the profit of the Europe. Who does not sympathize in listening multitudes in Switzerland - the tremulous and prophetic feelings of that he can rejoice in the labours of a Gutzlaff, as he stood by the side of the Williams, and in their imperishable re- Imperial Commissioners in the cabin cord-that he can honour and delight of the “ Cornwallis," and witnessed the in the eloquent and stirring statements signing of the treaty which broke for of a Moffat-knowing that Lacroix is ever the exclusive pride of Chinahis, and Williams is his, and Moffat is which met the long yearnings of his his, having learnt of Paul to know the heart for her welfare, and which seemed Christian's mighty treasure—that “all to him an answer to the prayers of things are (his), whether Paul, or years ? Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or Never has the Christian church been life, or death, or things present, or summoned to action by a louder voice things to come ; that all are (his), and than that which now sounds in her ear. (he) is Christ's, and Christ is God's." Never have you, brethren, been placed
And now he can rejoice, with a deep in a more honourable, a more responjoy, in knowing that the day of China's sible situation. The Saviour has deliverance is at hand, To use the counted you worthy to give the Bible beautiful illustration of an eminently to China. The results of the labours
of Morrison and of Milne, and their ment of the missionary era of the honoured associates, in the Scriptures church.” Yes, brethren, all that we and the Dictionary, eight qualified have done is only the commencement teachers and one native teacher, are of the great work that God has given the rich blessings with which it is us to do. It is not to be wondered at your dignity to greet China, in this day that we should not at once have of her emancipation. You will now reached the elevated standard of the devise measures worthy of such a be- Scriptures. It is now, however, our ginning-of such an honour. The plain duty to make a solemn pledge of London meeting has pledged the Din our highest efforts to this noble cause. rectors of the Society to send out ten So many and so urgent are the claims or twelve missionaries in two years, which press upon us, that we must rise and to adopt other plans which will up to the full standard of devotedness. involve a vast outlay. What does The income of the Missionary Society is such a pledge call for on your part, if not adequate to her present expenditure. you respond to it ? and that you will What will it be when that expenditure respond to it I cannot doubt. Cold is increased to the amount of all that must be that heart, and timid to ex China now demands from us? What, treme that spirit, that stands aloof from then, do the pledges of the late meetsuch a challenge. The papacy is awake ing virtually demand from you ? and active-her priests are on their They call for more prayer, and passage. Others are in the country; prayers of deeper power, deeper intenAmerica is in the field. Her labourers sity, than you have ever yet offered. are building at Hong-Kong. Other This is the fountain-head; everything English societies are resolving, and men will depend on your prayers. It has are beginning to feel that the peace been well said that “ prayer moves the with China is destined to tell upon the hand that moves the world," and it is mind of Europe like the discovery of your prayers that must call into action, America by Columbus. A continent and keep in action, all the agency you is opened to us, and more than a con- need. Oh that Christians lived more tinent-a new world ; not a world in their closets! Oh that there were of thinly peopled savages, but a world more earthly intercessions for the teeming with human beings, one-third church! Oh that our prayer-meetings of the human race, in a high state of had a larger attendance and deeper incivilization, celebrated for their arts and terest! Nothing could resist the efforts enterprise, a people who have called of churches given to prayer. Nothing themselves the heaven of earth. This could be difficult-nothing impossible, is the people, and this is the field, to to such churches. Men-money-would which the finger of God points you ; soon be found for every exigency ; but this is the country which He has if you do not pray, the Directors may opened for you ; this is the enterprise resolve in vain. he sets before you. What does it de- Your best men must be given to mand from you?
this object; and one constant subject of Not the mere subscription of a mo- the church's prayer must now be, that ment. Such a crisis cannot be so met. God may raise up men fit for the work, This would be to trifle with the souls men full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, of men. A new order of effort is set men of learning and men of prayer ; before you, and a new order of self- that our men of highest intellect may denial must meet it. Dr. Alder well feel that there is no field more worthy said, in the course of his beautiful of the exercise of their talent; that speech, " I regard the period of the even our noblemen may learn that the world in which it is our lot to live and employment of a missionary would give act, as being especially the commence- new dignity to their titles.