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they feel persuaded that this will be a powerful motive with ministers and private Christians to augment their exertions in behalf of a work which confers such palpable benefits upon a class of individuals possessing such peculiar claims upon the sympathies of the Christian church.

The Trustees are not yet satisfied that as much has been done to augment the circulation of the Evangelical Magazine as might reasonably be expected, when the character of the work, and the object to which its profits are devoted, are taken into account. They would, with all humility and earnestness, plead with their brethren in the ministry and others the claims of the widow and fatherless. Why should not an annual appeal be made in every congregational church on behalf of a work which distributes so large a fund among the widows of those pious and devoted men, who have been unable, out of their scanty incomes, to leave any thing behind them for their support ? The last appeal on behalf of the Magazine, was so successful, that the Trustees would respectfully urge a repetition of it, that they may have the happiness of still further increasing the annuities of the widows thrown upon their Christian sympathy. Should this suggestion be acted upon, it is scarcely necessary to add, that new subscribers should be urged to take in the work on the 1st January, 1840.

To the pious members of the Established Church, both lay and clerical, they beg to offer their fraternal salutations, and to remind them of the claims which this Magazine has upon the support of the evangelical portion of their community. During the past year they have admitted the widows of three pious clergymen of the Establishment, to a participation of the profits arising from the sale of the work ; and hope, on all future occasions, to proceed upon the same catholic and comprehensive principle.

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THE

EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE,

AND

MISSIONARY CHRONICLE.

FOR JANUARY, 1839.

MEMOIR

OF THE

LATE REV. ROBERT STEPHENS M'ALL, LL.D.,

MINISTER OF MOSLEY-STREET CHAPEL, MANCHESTER.

Extracted from the Rev. Dr. Raffles's Sermon on Occasion of his lamented Death. The Rev. Robert Stephens M'All was town and its surrounding neighbourhood born at Plymouth, August 4, 1792. He became the scene of his most endearing was the eldest son of the Rev. Robert recollections: for here, during the inM'All, and Jane Lea, of St. Ives, in tervals of study, he enjoyed the interCornwall. His mother, to whom he course of his family, and this, in every was ardently attached, and of whom he sense, he regarded as his home. Meanever thought and spoke with the deepest while his education was advancing, at veneration, died in the year 1824, but his Penzance, Falmouth, and Redruth, suchonoured father still survives to mourn cessively. As a school-boy, it may sufhis loss. Shortly after the birth of Ro- fice to say of him, that he early exhibited bert, his father removed to Gloucester, indications of superior genius, and in having been appointed to the chapel in that every school at which he was placed he city, in the connexion of the late Coun- was distinguished by his ardent thirst tess of Huntingdon. There Mr. M'All for knowledge, the facility with which remained several years, and there Ro- he obtained it, and the consequent probert received the rudiments of his edu- gress which he made in its acquisition. cation, and hence his recollections of He was always far in advance of his that place were always accompanied with companions, and was frequently applied interest and delight. On visiting the to for assistance by them. city in 1830, he sought out, with the His earliest years were marked by a greatest eagerness, the individual who strong religious bias, which was maniwas honoured to impart to him the first fested alike in his own personal habits, elements of knowledge. From that in- and in his choice of associates; while dividual he received many marks of his thoughts and inclinations kindness, and he would often recite with evidently directed towards the Christian pleasure various little circumstances ministry, and his studies, so far as they connected with this very early period of were under his own guidance, had a his life.

more or less direct bearing upon this The next removal of his father was object. to St. Ives, in Cornwall, and this little At length, as it should seem, with a

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view to the commencement of a course Dysart, and now of Alloa. More than of preparatory study, on his leaving once he was a guest for a considerable Redruth, at the age of fourteen, he time at his Manse, and from him, along was placed under the care of the Rev. with the kindest attentions, he received Mr. Small, the respected tutor of the every encouragement to cherish and ful. academy at Axminster. Here he re- fil his original purpose of devoting himmained about twelve months ; when, at self to the work of the Christian ministry the early age of fifteen, he became a - the desire of which had now returned member of his father's church, and was with irresistible ardour to his mind. immediately removed to Harwich, where Yet, so powerful were his impressions he studied with the Rev. Mr. Hordle, of the sacredness and awful responsibility and afterwards, to Hoxton Academy, of the ministerial office, and so deeply which he entered in 1808.

conscious did he feel of his own unfit. Owing to circumstances, not in the ness for it, so abased was he in his own least degree discreditable to himself, but sight and the sight of God on the view to which it is quite unnecessary further of his own heart, that on one occasion, to allude, his residence in this institution when conversing on the subject, pointwas of but brief duration, and the fol- ing to the sea, (for they were walking lowing year was spent, partly with his on the beach,) he said, “ Impossible ! family and friends in Cornwall, and my heart is enough to pollute that partly in the neighbourhood of London, ocean.” But in the unsearchable riches with the Rev. Dr. Collyer, from whom of Christ, in the freeness of his grace, he received almost boundless kindness and the efficacy of his blood, his suband hospitality, and with whom he form- dued and anxious spirit found relief. ed a lasting and sincere attachment. An interesting anecdote is related of

After the lapse of about a year from his bim, in connexion with Edinburgh, leaving Hoxton, he repaired to the Uni- which I cannot persuade myself to withversity of Edinburgh. His appearance

hold. Shortly after his entrance into at this time was so exceedingly interest- the University, he was present at a ing, that it attracted the attention of the meeting of a debating society, establishlate Dr. Brown, professor of moral phi- ed amongst the young men of the me. losophy, immediately on his entering dical class, when one or more of the his class, insomuch that he was induced members took occasion to introduce the to form an intimacy with him, which subject of Christianity, evidently for continued during the whole period of the purpose of treating it with contempt, his residence in Edinburgh, and proved and giving expression to their own ina source of mutual gratification and de- fidel opinions. Immediately, on the delight.

bate taking this turn, he assumed such Without finally abandoning the pros- an attitude of fixed attention, and an pect of the ministry, while at Edin- expression of countenance so intensely burgh, he devoted himself chiefly to the interesting, that a very clever man who study of medicine. The workings of was present was induced to make a sketch his mind appear to have been exceed- of him on the back of a card, which is ingly deep and powerful during his stay esteemed by some the best likeness of in that University, but happily the re- him ever taken; and so soon as these sult was, a conviction more firmly rooted sceptics had finished their virulent and in his heart, and more practically influ- unprovoked attack on that which it was ential on his character, of the eternal but too evident they little understood, truth and infinite excellence of the he rose, and in a speech of considerable Christian system-not merely of its his- length, replied in a manner so striking, torical facts, but of its essential princi- and with arguments so forcible, that all ples and distinguishing doctrines; so were filled with admiration, while a that his mind became completely imbued deep and permanent impression was prowith its spirit, and his whole soul ab- duced upon the minds of several of his sorbed in its sublime and momentous auditors, In the case of one, especially, realities.

his reasonings on this occasion, and in I believe that no small advantage was repeated subsequent interviews, eagerly derived to himself, at this period of his sought for the purpose of pursuing the personal history, from his forming the subject, were so signally owned and acquaintance of the Rev. Peter Brother- blessed by God, that they issued, not ston, then the respected minister of only in a lasting friendship, but in

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