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might; in pity and mercy, as well as rectitude | him, besides, it was not Religion, but the want of and justice ; in unspeakable condescension, as well right views of its truths, that aggravated his disas unspeakable glory. But in the case now sup- tress. And as, at last, he received healing to his posed, he is seen only as the judge and avenger, wound, and alleviation to his load, the cure was girt about with majesty and power, and the terrors obtained when he came to the Physician of Souls ; of awful sovereignty. The soul, traversing back in the loosening of the burden took place when he fearful thought into the abyss whence time issued, drew nigh to the cross of Christ. "In short, the contemplates the Supreme Dispenser of events precious system of evangelical truth, which wicked fixing the human destinies. It attaches itself to or thoughtless men calumniate as the cause of the mysterious contemplation. Instead of encour- nothing but melancholy, was that alone which agement, it draws thence only what overwhelms yielded to our interesting poet, even as it did to its hopes. It thinks only of the deed of reprobation, the Psalmist of Israel, the sweetest consolation. and it " refuseth to be comforted,” because “the Hence we deduce the following plain but useful mercies of God” seem to be “ clean gone." lessons,—That Religion can never be viewed as the

This representation, instead of being imaginary, cause of mental distress, any more than the light may recal the well-known history of a psalmist in of heaven, rendering objects visible, may be reour own Israel, who passed through the whole garded as occasioning those wrong apprehensions bitterness of the experience. His frame of mind of them which are generated by the diseased eye: was similar to what has now been described, timid, – That since false or partial perceptions of Religion gentle, and peculiarly sensitive. He was, indeed, lead to the evil complained of, the desire and enardent at the same time with the fire of genius. deavour should be earnestly turned for obtaining He was & Christian poet. He dignified every enlarged and correct views of its truths :- That, thing he sung, even the humblest task, as with when wounded by the Divine hand, it is from the the touch of a seraph's piety. He celebrated Divine hand we are to seek the cure :—That only truth, and “ hope, and charity,” in numbers that an accumulation of sorrows is produced by resistare fitted to win the ear of infidelity, to chase away ing the stroke of chastisement, and quenching the the gloom of despondency, and make the heart of serious thoughts excited by it :- That though the selfishness relent. And his effusions, equally in- “ remembering God” be at first the source of structive and delightful, shall flow in human re- “ trouble," we are to persevere in “ acquainting membrance as some of the streams sent for nourish- ourselves with Him” as the way to "peace;"ing the plants which our earth shall borrow from and that prayer, earnest and importunate prayer Paradise. Yet, how long did this poet of the Gospel to the Saviour, who sympathises, however the an" refuse" to taste the “ comfort” of Religion ! swer be deferred, is to be continued in, as the great The peculiar cast of his mind predisposed him to means of comfort under affliction, and ultimately despair of the divine favour. Led by constitu- of deliverance from sorrow. tional bias, he separated, in the great subject, the solemn from the attractive, the alarming from the BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE LATE encouraging portions of it. The attributes of di

REV. JAMES MARTIN, A. M., vine power, justice, and sovereignty—the eternal Minister of St. George's Parish, Edinburgh. decrees—reprobation and everlasting death, were The memory of “the saintly and apostolic Martin," the chief themes on which he dwelt. Thus, he as he has been truly termed, lives in the hearts of multi* remembered God, and was troubled."

tudes. His career was short, but it was truly brilliant; This striking, and to us peculiarly interesting and in reference to no individual, perhaps, could the exemplification of what is usually called Religious saying of the poet be more appropriately quoted, Melancholy, is mentioned here, both because it

“That life is long which answers life's great end." appears to prove that the mind liable to the dis- He has passed from amongst us, but we dwell with a ease is of the frame just described, and because, kind of melancholy satisfaction upon the recollection of more particularly, this very instance has often been

one who possessed a rare combination of intellectual quoted in charging Religion with the cause of the and moral excellencies, such as led all who knew him whole evil. But how unreasonable is such a

at once to admire and love him. With high talent charge ! The mind of Cowper the poet felt not the he possessed an amiable and affectionate heart. To harmony, and perceived not the beautiful propor- delineate his character is both a delicate and difficult tions of the faith, simply because it was itself un- task, but one which, for the sake of our readers, we tuned, because its own vision was dimmed and gladly undertake, that possibly, by a view of his varied distorted. Besides, when arguing on the tendency Christian graces, they may be led to “ be followers of of Religion, from the circumstances of his life, is him, even as he," with such beautiful consistency of it just to adduce only a part of his history? If character, “ was a follower of Christ.” those who triumphantly point to the life of Cow- James Martin was born at Brechin, on the 30th July, per, as supplying confirmation to their unfavour- 1800. At school he soon became conspicuous arnong able opinion of evangelical truth, would examine his companions by his abilities, his diligence and persehis own testimony, they should learn that his ex- verance; and such was the rapidity of his improvement, perience coincided with that of the Psalmist. that at the early age of twelve, he entered Marischal There were, first of all, causes in his own situation College, Aberdeen, and even ventured to compete for predisposing him to depression and sadness. With

one of the bursaries. During the whole course of his

an account.

to it.

attendance at the University, he dedicated himself with him forward in his course, more intensely alive to the unwearied assiduity to the varied departments of know- importance which attaches to the spiritual interests of ledge which successively engaged his attention. His immortal beings, and more deeply impressed with the classical acquirements were of a high order. In mathe- magnitude of his own duties." matics and philosophy also he made great progress. But On the 8th of April 1823, Mr Martin received a when at length he had resolved on preparing for the presentation to the Church and Parish of Glenisla, in Church, he entered upon the study of theology with the Presbytery of Meigle, and was ordained on the redoubled energy.

And the fruits of such exertion September following. The deep impression of divine were apparent in his after life; for he was regarded by things which his mind had received during his residence all his acquaintances as an accomplished scholar and an in Edinburgh, prepared him the more effectually for enlightened divine. It is pleasing to notice, that while entering upon the important duties of a parish minister. employed in the prosecution of theology as a science, He felt that he was now called to occupy the responhe appears to have been deeply impressed with the ne- sible situation of an ambassador of Christ, and his cessity of attaining a personal experience of the truths earnest desire and prayer, therefore, was, that he might which he hoped to proclaim to his fellow-men. In proof be enabled so to watch for souls as one who must give of this, we may quote from the interesting Memoir pre

Settled in a remote parish among the fixed to the published volume of his Sermons,* a memo- Grampians, as the pastor of a simple-hearted, affectionrandum written at the close of the college session of 1818. ate people, Mr Martin spared no exertions to promote

“ The session, now nearly completed, has flown the spiritual interests of those committed to his charge. swiftly, swiftly away. I hope, however, by the bless- He laboured in season and out of season; and the ing of God, it has not been spent trivially or unprofit- fond recollections of the parishioners of Glenisla still ably. My studies have been pretty regular and constant.

dwell upon the faithful devotedness of their youthful They have been on the three great heads of Revealed minister to the work of his Great Lord and Redeemer. Religion,—the 'Trinity, the Decrees of God, and Original The beneficial effects arising from his ministry in GlenSin. They have also included a considerable share of Church History. My spirit has, in general, and parti-isla are thus briefly, but appropriately, described by his cularly when alone, been inclined to the sombre. 1 biographer :have mixed but little in society, yet I am surely inclined They were unsophisticated, and he was sincere,

My heart participates in the happiness of my faithful, and judicious; and without compromising one fellow-creatures, and pants to increase it to the utmost, principle, far less winking at any sinful practice, he - I love to see them happy.

commended himself to their respect and esteem, as one † “ Yet I have often thought that I could see through who had their real interests deeply at heart, and the the veil that envelopes my present state, and that God | primary object of whose life and labours was to do them was dealing with me in love,—that he was shewing me good. Suiting his ministrations and intercourse to their the vanity of the world, -weaning me from its enjoy- real character and circumstances, with that tact, discri. ments, and teaching me to lay up for myself treasures mination, and kindness of nature, which he so eminently in heaven. I have often found comfort, -might I say possessed; being regular and diligent in his course of instruction ?-in the idea, that one day on earth I shall visiting and catechising, in the superintendence of Sabbe a child of God, and that I shall see the value of his bath-schools, in his attention to the sick, and in waiting present dealings, as preparatory steps for an important by the bedside of the dying; and particularly aifectionchange.

ate and encouraging in his admonitions to the young to Towards the close of this year, he became tutor in seek after God,—every one of his flock, who was not the family of Mr Ogilvy of Tannadice, within a few utterly reprobate, came experimentally to know the miles of his native place. In this situation he con

value of possessing such a pastor,-a course of conduct,

which uniformly operates with the same effect upon a tinued for several years, in the course of which he was simple-hearted people, and gains the homage even of licensed to preach the Gospel by the Presbytery of those who may not be permanently benefited by it in Forfar. His first sermon was preached at Oathlaw, their most important interests. There were two pracfrom the words, “ God forbid that I should glory, save

tices prevalent in the parish of Glenisla at the time when in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ;” and his views he became connected with it, which he felt had a mest on that occasion, are recorded in a single sentence in demoralizing effect on the minds and habits of the peo

ple, as they ever must have. The one was the enhis note-book. “I have to lament much imperfection; couragement given to illicit distillation; and the other, but I hope I have also some right wishes, and that I the mode in which funerals were conducted, involving sincerely lament my own sinfulness, and sincerely confess a great waste of time and substance, and tending to inmy need of God's grace.”

duce or to confirm habits of dissipation. Convinced The winter of 1821, 1822, Mr Martin passed in

that the moral influence of truth, the enlightening and Edinburgh, with Mr Ogilvy's family; and at this time quickening of the conscience, and the solemn considerhe enjoyed a privilege which he valued highly,—an op bear upon a community, through the agency of a na

ations which Religion alone presents, when brought to portunity of regularly attending the ministry of the nister whose motives are properly understood and apRev. Dr Gordon, then minister of St. Cuthbert's Chapel; preciated, are far more effectual than any prohibitory “ whose character and example,” as his biographer denunciations or sumptuary laws, he set himself with remarks, no less than his public ministrations, appear vigour to the removal of these evils. A complete exto have given greater depth to all his religious senti

tinction of the could not indeed be expected to be the ments, to have filled his mind with a stronger sense of his wisdom and decision were far from being fruitless.

immediate result of his anxiety and efforts; yet, in this, the high and honourable nature, as well as the solemn

And before his connection with the parish was dissolved, responsibility of the ministerial office, and to have set he had the satisfaction of knowing, that not only the earnest under the power of godliness; while the oc- subjects; he dealt but sparingly in imaginative descripcasional opposition and resistance that he experienced | tion, and not at all in mere generalizing or empty defrom the enemies of all religion, only served, as it will clamation. Textuality, he often said, appeared to him ever do, with minds of a similar mould, to stimulate him to be one of the chief excellencies of a sermon,--the to redoubled zeal in his own appropriate work.” bringing out by deep, and patient, and prayerful re.

habits of many had undergone a perceptible improve• We are happy to understand that these excellent Sermons having rapidly passed through the first edition, a second is now in the

ment, and the duty of family-worship was more resuPress,-ED.

larly observed, but that some were brought in good

The tie which connects a pastor to his flock is inti- search, what was the mind of the Divine Spirit in the mate and endearing ; but more especially in remote

Word,--and, after having exhibited it in all its meaning rural parishes. In such districts, where the minds of and force, pressing it home on the understandings and the people are yet simple and uncontaminated, the guilty, and of being thought even capable, of giving

consciences of men. He was always afraid of being minister is regarded as their father, counsellor and guide. | fanciful interpretations or adaptations of Scripture. If, This was remarkably the case with Mr Martin during in the course of his illustration, he met with any strikhis incumbency at Glenisla. The parishioners at once ing truth, any important principle, or ascertained fact, respected, admired and loved him; and when at last in verification of which he could appeal to something they were called upon to part with one who, in the which was obvious and undeniable in the experience or faithful discharge of his duties, had gained their confi

consciences of his hearers, upon this he seized, and, as dence and esteem, they mourned as for the loss of a be their minds should rest, and that it should become a

if anxious to render it the prominent point on which loved relation,

permanent element in their reflections, or interweave In the year 1828, Mr Martin was unanimously chosen itself, as it were, with the hidden workings of each inby the kirk-session of St. Cuthbert's to be minister of dividual bosom, he recalled it again and again in the Stockbridge Chapel, Edinburgh. It was not without course of the application of his subject. reluctance and painful regret, that the offer was accept- external, which formed the chief ingredient in his mode

" This it was, and nothing merely adventitious or ed. The pastor of Glenisla had firmly established him

of preaching, and rendered it so interesting to those in self in the affections of his flock; and to break asunder

whose hearts he succeeded in touching those chords for ever a relation so tender, was to his amiable and that were in unison with the feelings of his own; feeling heart peculiarly trying. But it was sufficient which, indeed, is the true secret of the success of any to him that such was the will of his Master. He ac- public speaker. Founding his arguments upon ascerceded to the call, and entered upon his charge at

tained facts or acknowledged truths, and referring to Edinburgh, with a simple dependence upon the strength and of which they themselves are intimately conscious,

something in his hearers with which these correspond, of the Almighty. The text froin which he first ad

he finds access at once to the seat of conviction and the dressed his people in Stockbridge Chapel was beauti- springs of conduct. By telling aloud all that is in their fully expressive of his feeling,~“I was with you in hearts, he makes them feel as if he not only had been Feakness, and in fear, and in much trembling." privy to their thoughts, but bad been the witness of

A brief view of the result of Mr Martin's exertions certain processes in their minds of which they themselves in the extensive and interesting field in which he was

had hardly been aware, but which are now vividly renow called to labour, will be beat given in the words

called: they wonder, perhaps, how this man comes to

know so much of their secret character, or how, at of his biographer, who appears well fitted both to under- least, they had never heard these things brought home stand and to appreciate the efforts of a faithful pastor. to them before. And hence, in cases where there is

" He was not long settled at Stockbridge, until the guilelessness and honesty, the preacher comes insensibly mode of his preaching, and his whole character, laid a to be intrenched in their affections as if he were a powerful arrest on the minds of his congregation. At bosom-friend. If any one, therefore, is desirous of first be sbewed a considerable degree of reserve, arising knowing what it was that rendered Mr Martin's preachfrom the natural unobtrusiveness of his disposition, ing so interesting to those who regularly waited on his that delicacy which made him instinctively retreat from ministry, and to whom it was blessed to be so useful, every degree of observation which was not required by it may be said, that, along with the humble and dehis real duties, and from his antipathy to every thing pendent spirit in which the whole was done, and which like display, or to be made the object of a merely cere- gave to all his studies and discourses their appropriate monious deference, or of that bustling attention which character, it consisted in nothing more than this,is so often paid to those who are invested with the after drawing forth what is in the Word of God, and clerical office. But after the lapse of a short time, by then what is to be found in the depths of the human his uniformly calm and dignified demeanour, he com- heart, making the one of these, in some penetrating, manded the respect of every one who had occasion to instructive, or consolatory way, as the case might recbserve him, and was regarded as a man of lofty inte-quire, to bear upon the other. With this remark, howgrity and independence of mind, as well as truly a man

necessary prominently to conjoin another, of God. There was a quickness and discernment, as that one of the uniform characteristics of his preaching, well as a solemnity and impressiveness, accompanying was to be found in the strictly evangelical strain by all his intercourse with his people, which went before- which it was pervaded. His own mind being conclutand, as it were, to gain an entrance to the mind for sively arrested by the great doctrines of the Cross, and every thing he said ; whilst his pulpit-discourses, ere his heart moving invariably under the influence of an long, discovered to those who attended to them, distinct overflowing sense of redeeming love, he was constrained, traces of much thought and scriptural study, and were by the moral impulse of the new nature which was delivered with so much sincerity and simplicity, as made strengthening and maturing within him, habitually to alanost every one feel how much he ought to be inter- present and to enforce upon others, that which was ested in the truths to which he listened, seeing that the both the food and the cordial of his own spiritual being. preacher was himself so earnest in inculcating them. And this being done in perfect keeping with good taste

" No one who attentively followed the course of his and propriety, and with the classical and academic style public services could avoid observing the successive of his whole mind and character, the manner and outsteps of his improvement in the true art of preaching. ward form of it, at least, could give no offence to the He gradually threw off every thing that was juvenile, most refined or cultivated hearer. either in matter or manner, he cast away all inflated “ There was one circumstance, with regard to his expressions, all mere ornament in the illustration of his sermons, which sometiines pressed upon his mind, -tlo

ever, it is

solemn apprehension which he felt, of speaking in cer- deep impressions of religion; and among the most valued tain cases above the range of bis own experience. He articles in the repositories of some of these individuals, often remarked, that surely this thought must be harass- there may perhaps be found the notes of the instructions ing to every good man; and that it seemed a very awful which then, as well as in public, they received from the thing for a servant of God to be proclaiming trutlis in lips of their faithful guide and humble-minded pastor." which he himself did not fully and perfectly sympathize, Such faithfulness and unwearied perseverance in the or representing the various features in the character of fulfilment of his ministerial duties, were not long in true believers, the spiritual nature of Christ's kingdom, and the deep exercises which occur in the hearts of drawing forth from the Christian community, the strongChristians, far beyond what he has ever found to be est mark of their approbation and esteem. Upon the detrue in his own case. In like manner, after having cease of Dr Thomson, Mr Martin was selected to occupy been called into some scene of heavy affliction, he fre- the pulpit of that distinguished individual. To one wbo quently observed, that he was afraid he was unfit to be entertained such lowly views of himself, the nomination a minister of comfort, seeing he himself had never

was startling. He felt, however, that he would not be known the depth of any such sorrow. Whilst there is something both very quickening and affecting in these justified in refusing to accept the call to St George's thoughts, they must be considered as affording no equi- Church, knowing, as he did, that in the work of Christ, vocal proof of the tenderness and humility of the mind no man is permitted to shrink from duty, under a sense of in which they dwelt; and it is nevertheless most true, his own weakness, but the more such a feeling weighs that one reason why Mr Martin's discourses in public, down the spirit, just so much the more room is there as well as his exhortations in private, were so impres-for the exercise of that faith, which can realize the sive to those who heard them, is to be found in the Christian firmness and heroism of the Apostle when he fact, that they came to their hearts as being evidently

said, through Christ strengthening me, I can do all the result of his own practical knowledge, and the real transcript of his own feelings.”

things." The public ministrations of the sanctuary, conducted

He was admitted minister of St George's on the 6th

October 1831, and entered upon his new sphere of exerin the manner thus described, could not fail to be attended, under the blessing of the Spirit, with the baption " with a mind,” to use the words of his biographer,

“ at once modest and courageous-diffident, yet repiest effects. But it was not in the pulpit alone that Mr Martin's pastoral fidelity and Christian worth were

solved." His present charge differed, in many impor

tant particulars, from that which he had recently left; apparent.

its duties were more varied, and much more arduous. “ In the performance of the more private or domestic duties of a clergyman, he was not less exemplary. The But, proceeding in the strength of the Lord, he was envisiting of his congregation, and especially the families abled to walk in the steps of his illustrious predecessor, of the poor, was performed with the most untiring con- and thus to endear himself to all classes of his parish. staney, and nothing was allowed to interfere with the ioners. At length, so great was the confidence reposed discharge of this part of his work. It was seldom pos- in Mr Martin, that he was solicited to take upon him, sible to prevail on him to enjoy a single day's relaxa- in addition to his other labours, those of Secretary to tion, let the occasion be ever so inviting; and that never, if the case of any one of his people was at all

the Bible Society, an office wbich had also become va

cant by the death of Dr Thomson, The duties which pressing on his mind, to whom his visits might prove of the smallest comfort or advantage. In dealing with devolved upon him, in consequence of his acceptance of those in the lower ranks of life, his kind, yet dignified this truly honourable situation, were such as well acmanner immediately gained their confidence and respect. corded with the high-toned religious feeling of his mind. Tuey never could recognise ought in him but the cler. It was, in his estimation, an exalted privilege to be the gymnan, and the clergyman in no other light than that instrument of disseminating the pure Word of God of their real friend. "His remarkable tact in this de throughout the World ; and the fine Christian spirit partment of duty exemplified how possible it is for a wise and good man to win his way to the affections even

which pervaded his speech at the annual meeting of the of the most insensible and vulgar, when he comes to Society in 1832, encouraged all who heard it, to bope them with a single-minded concern for their spiritual that the mantle of the late honoured Secretary had deinterests; for there is, in the very roughest form of hu- scended upon his successor, man nature, something which commends a sustained

Mysterious, however, and inscrutable, are the ways course of kind and judicious dealing, first to the atten

of God. He who now stood forth in one of the proudtion, and gradually to the heart. Although there was occasionally a boldness in his reproofs, and a fidelity in

est positions which a Christian could wish to occupy, his exhortations, amounting almost to sternness, yet

was destined, ere long, to be cut down in the midst of there was not an individual among the many for whose his usefulness. Not more than a year had elapsed, good he thus privately watched and laboured, who did | from the date of his promotion to St George's Church, not feel the strongest reverence for his character, and when some very alarming symptoms in the state of his very few who did not entertain towards him a kindlier health began to make their appearance ; and on the sentiment. In addition to his course of domestic visi. tation at Stockbridge, he established a Home-mission 28th September he was suddenly seized with a violent in the district, with two agents to conduct it, the fund discharge of blood, apparently from his lungs. for maintaining which was, to a large extent, supplied “ This occurrence, though, from the feelings which hy himself, and he frequently preached in the stations he had experienced for several days, it did not appear very during the week. He had also meetings throughout much to surprise him, yet awakened the greatest apthe year for the different classes of the young persons prehensions as to its consequences. He was as calm, of his congregation, and for those who sought admis- however, and composed, as if nothing extraordinary bad sion, or who had been admitted to the Lord's Table. happened. Being placed in an upright posture, and These occasions were very solemn and impressive ; to required not to make the least exertion, or to speak, them, there is reason to think, that not a few can look he presented the very picture of patience and submisa back with peculiar interest as the period of their first | sion. To one of his friends who came to bim soon after

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this attack, he beckoned with a smile of complacency | This new affliction is very trying, especially at the time for a slate which he had provided in order to communi- on which my friends had built so much. Yet I bless ate with those around him, and, in allusion to his own God, though I have never been worse than I am now, circumstances, and with reference to a passage on the since my first illness, when I was very differently subject of faith, in one of Traill's sermons, on which situated, that I feel no disposition to question the wisthey had been some days before conversing, he wrote dom and goodness which run through this dispensation. down these words :- When the wearied traveller is Sometimes there was a shrinking from suffering, and a unable to proceed a step farther, he can yet lie down wish that all were soon over, rather than have many when he is bidden,- this is faith.""

such conflicts to meet; but generally my mind has reIn the course of a few weeks Mr Martin recovered posed upon God, as the present help in time of trouble,

and left all consequences to bim. I cannot forget the from this attack, at least so far as partially to resume

total freedom I have enjoyed from all anxiety about my his duties. By the kindness of his clerical brethren, journey homewards, or bow I shall be able to travel. who frequently officiated for him, and the tender sym- I mention this, as so contrary to my natural disposition, pathy of his congregation, his mind was considerably which is so anxious. I hope it is not indifference or relieved from the anxiety which would otherwise have recklessness, but springs from confidence in God, who oppressed him. His bodily weakness, however, still is where one dies, if he dies in the Lord, and falls asleep

will order all things aright. Obow sinall a matter it continued, and, at length, having engaged an assistant, in Jesus!” he retired, for a tin to Rothsay, where his health con

While at Rome his health was gradually declining, siderably improved. But his recovery was merely tem- and he became anxious to set out, with the design, if porary, and after a short period, bis former disease re- possible, of reaching home. He had proceeded no fa:turned, thougb with diminished violence. His medical

ther than Leghorn, however, when he was compelled to friends now strongly advised him to try a change of stop. He arrived at that town in a very exhausted climate, recommending particularly that he should spend state, and took up his residence in the San Marco Hotel, the winter at Nice.

kept by Mr and Mrs Thomson, both natives of Scotland. It was with no small reluctance that Mr Martin was It is rather a curious circumstance, that in passing a prevailed upon, at length, to assent to this proposal. night at this house, on his way to Rome, he expressed But the tender sensibilities, the amiable feelings of the a wish, that, if it was the Divine will that he should not zan, yielded to the resignation of the Christian, It

return to his native country, he might be permitted to was the will of his heavenly Father, and to that will he die in that inn. And that was the very place, where, felt it to be at once his duty and his privilege to bow.

amid the affectionate kindness of Christian friends, this After having made the necessary arrangements, there- devoted servant of Christ ended his days. The follow. fore, for the supply of service in his church and parish, ing passages from the letters of Mr Hare, the English be left Edinburgh on the 28th September 1833,

clergyman at Leghorn, and of Mr and Mrs Thomson, of At Nice, he remained three months, during wli ich, be the hotel, are furnished by the biographer, as presentwas able to ride out every day; and in addition to the ing a few particulars of the closing scene. enjoyment which he derived from the beautiful scenery “Mr Hare writes,-' The decisive change did not in the neighbourhood, his mind was refreshed by the de- take place until the 20th, when the physician who atligatful intercourse which he had with some Christian tended him apprised me of his approaching dissolution. friends who happened to be residing in the town. As

From that time, the progress of his disease was rapid ;

but it was unattended by bodily suffering, and he redescriptive of his feelings at this time, we may quote

tained his faculties to the end. On Thursday he the following passage from his journal:

breathed his last, without a groan or a struggle “I am just as happy as I could be at such a distance not present, but Mr and Mrs Thomson were with him. from my field of duty, ard most thankful for past and As soon as they saw his end approaching, they thought Iresent mercies. The Sabbath is the day when I feel of sending for me; but before they could do so, he was my exile most. Last Sabbath, and during the psalmody,

I used to visit him every day, -sometiines when some note was struck that brought my own dear two or three times in the day, but he was not able to ftock before me, I do confess that I wept bitterly in the converse much, and could not hear me do more than chapel, and could hardly get myself composed again. read a few verses of the Bible, or make some observaSurely I have been most self-willed and rebellious, tions, and pray. He seemed free from pain during his when no less severe and bitter a chastisement than this stay here,-even his cough was not very troublesome. would reclaim me!'—' To-day I went to the Protes- He was perfectly peaceful, and appeared earnestly to tant Chapel built by Lady Olivia Sparrow, and after desire to depart. It will be a satisfaction to know that service visited the little cemetry. It contained the every attention was paid him, not only by the people tombs of several of whom I had heard, and of Lady of the hotel, but also by many of our fellow-countryMaxwell, one of the last, who has left a sweet savour men, who felt a deep interest in him. I can fully symof piety and charity behind her at Nice. A mournful pathize in the beartfelt sorrow into which this sad event place this little burying-ground is! Why it should be must plunge the many friends of my dear departed bromore so than any other burial-ground is not very clear ther. The loss is, indeed, of no common magnitude, to reason or to faith ; and yet it is one of the last feel- both to them and the Church of God. But it ought to ings with which a man parts, the desire of mingling his be a great assuagement to the bitterness of their grief, dust with those of his kindred; though the poet has that he over whom they mourn, has but made a transitruly said, that a man can have only one country, but tion from a scene of much tribulation to a state of unbe may anywhere find a grave.

troubled rest and unclouded felicity; and that he is In a similar state of calm, almost pleasing, melancholy, separated from them by a very slight, and, it may be, he seems to have penned the following remarks one Sab

a very temporary partition.'

“On the Sabbath morning,' says Mr Thomson, in bath, when at Rome.

a letter to Mr Colclough, I drew his attention to the " I have been falling off ever since I came to Rome, serenity of the atmosphere. • Yes,' said he, this is and now find myself so weak that I can hardly walk. the day which the Lord made.--you are to have the

I was

no more.

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