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no time would be wasted; usually closing years we labored together in perfect the day by assisting his father at the harmony." In this department of labor bank in preference to joining in play he ever sought the best welfare of those with other boys. As one who honored under his charge, following many of them his parents from his childhood to the with his special interest long after they end of his life, he stands an example for ceased to be his pupils. all. He was constantly spoken of as a At the age of seventeen, having for "manly” boy. His aged grandfather some time with diffidence entertained a remarked to a friend some years ago, hope that he was a Christian, he made “My grandson Albert was a man when public confession of his faith. It is proof he was a boy. When he came out to of the confidence which at that period visit me in the country, instead of going
was entertained in one so young, that, off to play and to fish with the other only four months after his reception to boys, he would stay by me, and be my the Church, he was elected clerk, the companion.” This was an illustration of duties of which office he faithfully perthe characteristic affection and respect formed for several years. His varied which he ever manifested toward his labors in behalf of the Church and socielders. He passed through the usual ety of which he was a member can never course of education in the Boston public be fully appreciated. For a period of schools, receiving the approbation of his twenty-four years he was organist, and teachers, proving himself not a brilliant, director of the choir, devoting himself but an accurate and faithful scholar. indefatigably to the duties of this posiHaving no wild oats” to sow during tion, generously giving to it his time, his youth, he never was obliged to spend thought, and money, expending much his later years in reaping or in endeavor- more than he received for the service of ing laboriously to pluck up their perni- song in the house of the Lord. He was cious harvest.
also a faithful teacher in the Sabbath Early in life he entered into business School, and for more than ten years relations requiring accuracy and strict assistant superintendent. He was one of honesty, and was in due time appointed the first in the city of Boston to introcashier of the Columbian Bank, one of duce into the Sabbath School concert the largest and best managed banking that interesting feature now almost uniinstitutions in Boston. In the fulfilment versal — the voices of children singing of these responsible trusts he secured hosanpas to the Son of David. the entire respect and confidence of the There are many who regard the condirectors and of the public, his integrity tinued existence of the Church of which and fidelity being above suspicion.. he was a member - all regard its pros
At the introduction of musical instruc- perous continuance — to have been vition into the grammar schools of Boston, tally connected, at a critical hour, with about twenty-four years ago, he was his energy and self-sacrifice. In 1857, elected, though quite young, to take some of the older members had begun charge of this department in the schools seriously to ponder the question, whether of the twelfth ward. To this work he it might not be a matter of duty, or of devoted himself with his usual energy necessity, that the Church should be disand perseverance, until the state of his banded. Advice was sought of an health obliged him, during the spring of Ecclesiastical Council. The discouraging 1864, to resign his trust. The principal aspects of the question having been preof one of these schools bears this testi- sented, and an ominous silence succeedmony: “I was associated with Mr. Drake ing, Mr. Drake unexpectedly arose and for twenty years, and during all those desired to say a few words in behalf of
the young people of the society. He who do only an occasional act of extraorseemed to lose his natural diffidence and dinary benevolence, or who merely pet hesitation, and poured out such words of a favorite object of charity. He was willingness to labor and to sacrifice for constantly seeking opportunities for dothe welfare of the Church, that the tide ing good. He accomplished much by of discouragement was turned. The the distribution of tracts and books, and council said, “Go forward, build your by personal visitation at the homes of new sanctuary, and the Lord be with children connected with the juvenile you.” One of the members of that Sabbath School. He was in the habit council, the beloved Deacon Proctor, of calling on families which came into afterward remarked, " That address of the congregation as strangers, introduthe younger Mr. Drake was a remarka- cing them to the notice of others, and
No Church can fail to succeed doing all in his power to make them feel that has such young men.” And when at home. He assisted young men in he learned that Mr. Drake was one who becoming established in business: he was accustomed to speak more eloquently was ready to help the necessitous by by deeds than by words, and that he private loans, which oftentimes became had already subscribed more than three gifts; and there were some to whom he thousand dollars for the erection of the furnished the means of pursuing courses sanctuary, he could only express his of education. Since his death, letters astonishment, and exclaim,“ Would that have been received from unexpected all our churches had such members !” sources, stating personal indebtedness to From that hour until the edifice was him for special acts of kindness and symcompleted, he devoted his time, his pathy. So privately and delicately did influence, and his means, in securing he exert his influence in securing for subscriptions, procuring the best plans, others situations of trust, that there are superintending the building of the house, quite a number of persons now occupyand obtaining a pastor. In journeyings ing important positions in business, prooften in these matters, he went at his cured through his solicitation, who have own charges, and for the whole two years no idea that he was their benefactor. gave up all his leisure hours to the His private correspondence and memoaccomplishment of these objects. When randa indicate many methods of practithe house was completed, and a pastor cal usefulness in which he has been was settled, about eight thousand dollars engaged for years unbeknown even to more were needed to.pay for the land. his most intimate friends. He sounded A temporary mortgage on the house be- no trumpet before him to proclaim his gan to be talked of. In conversing with charities; and one reason why his left Mr. Drake, in October, 1859, a brother hand did not know what his right hand said to him, “I wish that debt was paid did, was that both hands were too busy once for all, without a mortgage; I will in doing good to be watching each other. be one of ten to pay it; but I cannot go Though possessed of but moderate pecuaround to propose it to those who have · niary means, he must have given away already done so much.” His quick reply many thousands of dollars during his was, “I will pay another tenth, and I life. will go and propose it to others.” In a He died of pulmonary disease, Sepvery few days it was all paid ; the work tember 23, 1864, at the age of forty-one. was done promptly and at the right time; His health had been declining for some and the society thenceforth was free from months, and he had been temporarily the incubus of a debt.
absent from his desk as cashier during Mr. Drake was not one of those men June and July. He resumed his official trusts in August, and continued therein “I should like to live a little longer,” until the Saturday before his death. was his remark, a few days before his Upon the afternoon of that day he went death, to one to whom he was speaking to Sharon to spend the Sabbath with his of the probabilities of a rapid decline. aged grandmother, expecting to start “You have the comfort,” that friend reupon a contemplated journey for his plied, “ that in either case it will be well health during the subsequent week. with you.” “ Yes,” he said, “but I should Sunday morning he began to make prep- like to live a little longer. To depart arations for attending public worship; and to be with Christ is far better,' wrote but it was soon evident that his physical Paul to the Philippian Church; 'neverstrength was exhausted, and that he was theless, to abide in the flesh is more seriously ill. Sunday evening he was needful for you.' Paul desired to live very feeble, and signs of mental wan- a little longer.' Who does not so desire dering were noticed. From that time who appreciates the worth of the earthly he rapidly sank away into unconscious- life, and sees before him unfinished plans ness, and died Friday evening at half- of Christian usefulness among his fellowpast eight o'clock. Saturday his body men.” The modest brother who uttered was removed to the house of his father this wish will live more than “ a little in South Boston, and there he lay in longer,” far longer than he had any conquiet repose upon the succeeding Sab- ception of; and as his works shall conbath, celebrated as the forty-first anni- tinue to follow him in the testimony of versary of the Phillips Church Sabbath those who from year to year shall go up School. The Church was adorned as from the Church on earth to the Church usual with flowers tastefully arranged; in heaven, he will wonder and adore, as the house was thronged to listen to he falls before the Lamb which was slain, appropriate addresses to the children rejoicing with unspeakable joy foreverand youth, and to join in their sweet more, that he consecrated the dew of his songs of praise. But sadness pervaded youth and the strength of his manhood all hearts, causing tears to mingle with to efficient Christian work. In no other the songs, depressing some of the songs way could he have secured for himself to a minor key, and giving special sig- so permanent and honorable a memorial. nificance to the autumnal leaves which Rev. W. W. Patton, D. D., now of Chiwere intertwined with the flowers. cago, Il., his former pastor, in a letter of Tuesday afternoon the Church was again condolence to the bereaved father, thus thronged, the galleries being filled with writes : the children of the Sunday School and
“My heart is full of sadness for you as I of the three public schools of the ward,
think how heavy is this blow in your declinwho, as was fitting, gathered about the
ing years, and I mourn also the loss of the dust of their musical instructor and sang Church in parting with so valuable a memhis requiem. It seemed appropriate that ber. As I write, his good, clear, honest, the funeral services should be attended in manly face looks up from the portrait into the Church edifice, which may almost be
mine, a little older in expression, but other
wise much the same as it did when we were regarded as a monument to the Christian
under the same roof in the beginning of my energy and generosity of this estimable
ministry. Albert stands associated with all man. Thence, followed by a large com- its pleasant things. How cheerful and yet pany of relatives and friends, he was
how dignified he was! I seem to see him as borne to Forest Hills Cemetery, and
he used to be when I was with you; with his there committed to the care of Him who
fine manly form, his rich bass voice, and his nath said, “ He that believeth in me,
firm Christian principles, a son for any father
to feel proud of. How respectfully he always though he were dead, yet shall he live.” treated me, though I was but two years his senior! How it pleased me to hear from time and kindness which were performed by him to time of his progress in worldly position in a manner so quiet, and void of ostentation. and in Christian usefulness, and especially Resolved, That, in our deep sorrow for his that he had become a pillar in the Church!” untimely departure from earth, we derive
consolation from the belief that our great The following resolutions, prepared by loss is his unspeakable and everlasting gain; Rev. John A. Vinton, were unanimously and also from the hope that such an example adopted by the Church :
of early and devoted piety will not fail of a
happy influence on those who are left behind. WHEREAS it has pleased the Supreme Disposer of all events to remove from this world By vote of the Church an admirable our brother Albert Drake, therefore
photographic likeness has been procured, Resolved, That this Church cherishes a framed, and suspended in the juvenile deep sense of the unblemished integrity, the
Sabbath School room, so that those who consistent walk, the gentle spirit
, and the gather there from week to week are conhigh Christian character, of this beloved brother, during the twenty-four years in stantly reminded of one who loved them which he was a member of this body; that it well, and who“ being dead yet speaketh.' gives thanks to God, from whom all good Albert Drake did nothing which scores proceeds, for the faithful and earnest labors of others in our churches might not do of this dear brother for our prosperity as a
with equal fidelity and success. The Church; that it remembers with gratitude his valuable services, during nearly all this
same singleness of aim in the endeavor period, as a teacher and officer in our Sab
to do good, the same consecration of bath School, and as the director of our Church time, influence, and property, the same music; while it especially preserves the mem- devotion of early and maturer manhood ory of his untiring exertions, and his gener- to the service of Christ, will be followed ous contributions toward the erection of our
by the same results. We do well to present commodious house of worship. Resolved, That the works of our deceased
remember the lesson, that “Christian brother do follow him, in the memory not
power consisteth not in doing extraordionly of those deeds of public benevolence to nary things, but in doing common things which allusion has been made, but also of extraordinarily well.” those numerous acts of private beneficence
THE INVISIBLE CHURCH.
BY REV. J. M. HOPPIN, NEW HAVEN, CONN.
The invisible Church, rightly consid- separate the two without death ensuing. ered, is not a denial of the existence or
Neander says: necessity of the visible Church, with its divinely established forms and ordi- “As the inner fellowship of the divine life nances; but it rather signifies, in the introduced by Christianity strove, however, proper use of the term, the inward truth from the beginning, to exhibit itself in an
outward fellowship, it must necessarily apof that which is thus outwardly ex
propriate to itself some determinate form pressed. The visible Church would be answering to its own essence, a form in which worthless, were it not for that invisible this union could appear and shape itself as a life which it builds upon and develops. spiritual body; because without such form But the visible Church is necessary in
no association, for whatever purpose, can order to render that life operative. It have actual being and subsistence. To this
end, a certain organization was necessary; a is the body which is vitalized by this in- certain relative superordination and suborvisible soul; so that you cannot really dination of the different members, according
to the different positions assigned them in even, by considering these to reference to the whole; a certain guidance belong solely to the condition of the and direction of the common concerns, and invisible Church, as if that were sometherefore separation of organs destined for
thing entirely separate and by itself. that particular end."1
There are, we conceive, at least two The invisible Church, therefore, if the fundamental principles comprehended in distinction is considered worth retaining the idea of the invisible Church as thus may be regarded as the soul of which explained : the visible Church is the body. It is the 1. An inward personal union with hidden germinal life, the vital idea Christ of all souls that are comprised in of the Church, where this is sought for the invisible Church. We do not now in its most simple and spiritual concep- speak of the manner in which this union tion. And here, doubtless, the highest is effected, but only of the fact itself. unity of the Church is found, and not in Faith is doubtless the power — the mysits outward and variously moulded form. terious power, because, although exerHere is its divine root planted in the fel- cised by man, it is given by God — which lowship and life of Christ. While, then, unites thus to Christ. But all do not the visible Church is essential, and is not have faith. All do not accept Christ by to be lost sight of, neglected, or despised, faith. Those who are totally unrecepbecause it is also divinely created and tive of the love and renewing power of established, the invisible Church is the Christ remain still in the world, and more important, because it comes nearer outside of that Church, or kingdom, the original source of life, and itself forms which is a spiritual kingdom, that he has the life of the visible Church.
founded in the world. “ The kingdom There can be no doubt that the more of God is within you,” — is over the common and popular idea of the invisible inward spirit and heart of man. These Church, as meaning simply that part of souls, therefore, fail of that real personal the Church which is unseen, and, above union with Christ which lies at the founall, of that part which is in heaven, is dation of the Christian Church. That true as far as it goes. But by our defi- Jesus Christ is the Son of God, revealed nition, it comprehends those who are to men's souls by the Spirit of God, God truly united to God everywhere. It rep- has said, “ Upon this rock I will build my resents that inner fellowship with Christ, Church; and the gates of hell shall not which all, whether in heaven or on earth, prevail against it.” Human wisdom has possess, who are his true spiritual chil- often striven to build a Church upon dren; so that one may and should belong reason, or even upon morality : but the to the visible and invisible Church at foundation of such is on the sand; it one and the same time. We wish by does not reach down to the spiritual, the this definition to meet and do away with eternal, the divine. It is sad to see so that growing tendency in men to escape much brilliant intellectual energy wasted the responsibilities of a public confession in every age of the world, and never of Christ, by declaring it sufficient for more than in the present age of scientific themselves to belong to the invisible illuminism, in the futile attempts to erect Church; and to correct those too easy an enduring Church on merely rational errors and faults of Christians who or human grounds. Philosophers never thrust aside the obligations of brotherly have been able, and never will be able, love, of unity, of the highest righteous- to found a Church. In like manner, not
even Christian theologians have been 1 Neander's History of the Christian Church,
able to found a Church. Christian docVol. 2, p. 182.
trines and dogmas concerning the Re