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men (1 Pet. ij. 15), and obliged ber, 1791. The Rev. J. Boden, those to respect, who yet could not then of Hanley, now of Sheffield, be prevailed upon to imitate him. Dr. Williams, afterwards of RoHe soon began to feel an anxious therham College, the Rev. Jonaconcern for the glory of that Sa- than Scott (well known by the viour who had done so much for appellation of Captain Scott), then him, and for the salvation of pe- of Drayton, and the Rev. George rishing sinners. The word of the Burder, took part in the ordination Lord was as a fire shut up in his service. We find among his papers bones (Jer. xx. 9); so that, being the names of eleven other ministers urged on by his own feelings, who were present upon the occaand encouraged by some judicious sion, and of the whole number it is friends, he began to preach, while believed Mr. Boden is now the yet a traveller, in various places only survivor. As the chapel at in the west of England ; and met Stafford had recently been built, with so much acceptance that he and a debt remained upon it which was induced to go forward in the the people were too poor to have service of his great Master, which any prospect of discharging themwas ever to him a source of the selves, Mr. Wilson undertook the purest delight. About this time disagreeable task of begging for it; his brother, who was an opulent and, by the liberality of his friends potter at Hanley, in Staffordshire, and the public, raised a handsome offered to take him into partner sum towards its liquidation. Here ship: a connexion which promised he continued to labour, amidst fair to produce a handsome pro many discouragements, but not vision for his young and increasing without tokens of the divine approfamily. But he had now devoted bation, till the year 1794; at which himself to the Lord, and to his time his intimate and much-valued church; and no prospects of world- friend, the Rev. Jonathan Scott, RE ly advantage had influence enough resigned his charge at Market to induce him to draw back. Hav- Drayton to take the pastoral office ing deliberately counted the cost, over the Independent Chapel at he came to a full determination to Matlock Bath, which had not long relinquish all commercial pursuits, before been purchased by that and give himself wholly to the pious and excellent lady, the late work of the Christian ministry. By Viscountess Glenorchy. At Mr. so doing he gave up considerable Scott's earnest request, accompaprospects of pecuniary advantage; nied by an invitation from the but be it here recorded, to the ho- church and congregation at Market nour of his divine Master, that he Drayton, Mr. Wilson was induced did not suffer him, even in this to remove to that place, where respect, to be ultimately a loser, le continued upwards of thirteen but gave him such a portion of this years, till the death of Mr. Scott; world's goods as enabled him to when, being nominated by that provide for his family, and to serve gentleman's will as his successor at the church of Christ during all the Matlock Bath, he settled at that years that he was at Matlock with- place in the month of October, out salary or emolument. Having 1807, and continued to exercise received an unanimous invitation his ministry, over a people who from the then infant church at highly loved and esteemed him, Stafford, he commenced his stated till the increasing infirmities of age labours in that town, and was or rendered it imperative upon him dained there on the 7th of Septem- to relinquish the pastoral office,
which he did in September, 1830. those Christian 'and ministerial He then removed to Nottingham, qualifications which are from above, for the advantage of being near he was an able, acceptable, and several branches of his family who useful minister of Jesus Christ. resided in that town. But, though His aim was not popular applause, he had retired from stated minis- but real usefulness. To convert terial services, he loved his Mas- sinners, to edify saints, and thus to ter's work too well not to be always promote the glory of God and the ready to assist his brethren when salvation of men-these were the the state of his health would allow highest objects of his ambition ; him to do so. And by a remark- and, by the divine blessing upon · able providence he was led to visit his labours, they were not in vain, Matlock Bath, and preach, what as many will be found to testify at proved to be his last sermon, to his the last great day. His views of beloved and affectionate flock at divine truth were in accordance that place, on the morning of the with the Assembly's Catechism, Lord's day, March 11th. His text and the writings of Dr. Owen, and was Ps. xciv. 14: “ The Lord will other divines of the same school, with not cast off his people, neither will whose works he was thoroughly conhe forsake his inheritance;" from versant. His discourses were docwhence he took occasion to declare trinal, experimental, and practical. his firm belief in one of his favour- Decidedly attached to the docite doctrines-viz. The final perse- trines of grace, he was yet very verance of the saints. On the 13th, adverse to any statement of them he returned home in a very weak which might have even the appearstate, and lingered till April 2nd; ance of an Antinomian tendency. when, having finished his course, In the private walks of life he was having served God, and served his upright, pious, and devotional. generation according to the will of Having the greatest delight in the God, he fell asleep, and saw corrup- services of the sanctuary, divine tion; and he now waits the hour ordinances were the element in when his corruptible shall put on which he seemed to live; and it incorruption, and his mortal shall was ever his earnest desire to avoid put on immortality: and thus death that which is evil, and to do that shall be swallowed up of life. On which is good; and thus to mani. the following Lord's day his death fest his sincere attachment to the was improved by his old and highly gospel of Christ by bringing forth esteemed friend, the Rev. Richard the fruits of faith and holiness. Alliott, senior, in a very impressive • Mr. Wilson was twice married ; and appropriate sermon from Acts first to Miss Lamport, of Ringxii. 36; and, by another beloved wood, in Hampshire, with whom brother, the Rev. Robert Weaver, he lived happily more than thirof Mansfield, from 1 Cor. xv. 55. ty years; and, having been deA similar token of respect was paid prived of her by death in the year to his memory by the Rev. Robert 1810, he again entered the marLittler, his successor at Matlock riage state, in 1814; with Eleanor Bath.
Tatlock, formerly of Sandwich, in Although Mr. Wilson did not Kent, who survives to lament his enjoy the advantages of an acade loss. By the former connexion he mical education, yet, possessing had seven children, five of whom respectable natural talents, im he had the heavy affliction of folproved by diligent reading, reflec- lowing to their graves when they tion, and experience, together with had arrived at adult age, and
several of them leaving large families. But they had all given evi: dence of being interested in that covenant which is well ordered in all things, and sure; and are, therefore, “ not lost, but gone before.” He has left behind him twenty-three grandchildren and
one great-grandchild. May they all be enabled to follow him so far as he followed Christ; that the whole family may at last' meet in that land of light and glory where sorrow and separation shall be unknown.
To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine. Though a pious mind will trace the a sight like that which he himself had hand of God in every event, yet there are witnessed with such sorrow and a we. dispensations in providence so peculiarly There is something calculated to affect striking as to impress the most careless us very deeply when a minister thus with the agency of the Deity. Some finishes his course in the sanctuary events to which this character is very ap- when, from standing before man, he is plicable occurred lately at no great dis called to stand before God—when, in tance from me, and the lessons which exhorting others to work out their sale they teach are highly important. Two vation, he closes his holy task-and when of them are of a very solemn description, he leaves in his last appearance à méand one of a more cheering cast; but all mento of mortality more rousing than of them are the doings of Him who is any that ever proceeded from his lips. wonderful in counsel and excellent in The ministers of the gospel need such working. The first refers to the sudden double admonition, for, with eternity so death of a very estimable minister in the often in our mouths, it is too little on our vigour of life. The Rev. Mr. Jameson, hearts in its due efficacy. And while the minister in the Relief Chapel at Beks- members of the church to which the hill, near Hamilton, went a few Sabbaths vision of mortality has been doubled are ago to the pulpit in his ordinary health, strongly called on to have their loins girt and had nearly finished his usual exposi- about and their lamps burning, and to tion of a portion of the Holy Scriptures, act like men that wait for their Lord, all when he felt himself unwell, and request around should take warning, and flee ed the congregation to sing a few lines of from the wrath to come. A new disease a psalm, hoping that the indisposition has come into the land, in which the promight pass away; but the lines were cess of mortality is frightfully accelerated; scarcely read ere he became much worse, the pale horse is quickening his pace, and and was removed speechless to the vestry; muliitudes have felt, in the season of and, though medical aid was immediately their vigour and of their brightest earthly obtained, he very soon gave up the ghost. hope, that there was but a step betwixt He was a man of respectable talents, them and death. How blessed are they earnest and active in his ministry, and to whom every Sabbath comes with the very kind and pleasing in his dispositions spirituality of heaven, and on the whole and manners." What gives additional of whose life is shed the seriousness of solemnity to the sad scene is this remark- the last hour ! able fact, that, eleven years ago, his The second incident is of a pleasing father-in-law, the Rev. Mr. Brown, of the cast, and beautifully illustrates the care Relief Chapel, Falkirk, who had come to of providence. A minister in my neighassist him in the dispensation of the bourhood, very infirm in his health, and Lord's Supper, died instantaneously while who, though feeble and palsied in his passing from the church to his dwelling. limbs, stili preaches the gospel to his This striking event took place about the people every Lord's day, was lately placed middle of the service of the day, and it in very trying circumstances. His conwas with feelings of the highest excite- gregation is very small, poor as to this ment that Mr. J. closed it; and to him it world, and burdened with the debt of has been allotted to present now to others their chapel. Demands were made on
them which they were unable to dise charge, and nothing seemed before them but that their chapel should be shut, and the lamp which God had lighted up in a dark corner extinguished; and no prospect appeared to human view to open to their pastor but an old age of helplessness and destitution. He was greatly distressed, but still he encouraged himself in the Lord his God. While faith and devotion were thus struggling with cares and fears, he received a letter from a pious and benevolent lady in a far dis. tant part of the country, intimating her intention to give him ten pounds yearly during his life, and to make some provision for his two little boys. The way in which his piety and distress became known to her was striking. She had been reading a meditation of his in a small work which he had published under the title of the “Scripture Monitor,” and God had blessed it in a remarkable degree for her consolation. She felt a great desire to know something of the author; and with great difficulty, owing to the distance and to the obscurity of his place of residence, obtained some information as to his character and circumstances, and wrote him as I have stated. How sweet would be her satisfaction in being thus able to soothe the heart of such a holy man; and how different her feelings now, as well as in the day when the Lord shall say to her, “ Inasmuch as ye did it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye did it unto me," from those of the wealthy who have lavished their bounties on the ministers of their amusements. Kindness to the pious shall be returned sevenfold into the bosom of those that show it, by Him to whose service they are devoted, and in whose name they trust.
The reader may easily conceive the delight of the good man at receiving kindness so unlooked for, so suitable, and in a form so grateful to his feelings. Often have his thanksgivings ascended to the Father of Mercies, who remembered him in his low estate, and prayers for his grace and peace to her who with such delicacy and liberality ministered to his necessity. And let the poor servants of Christ of every name thank God and take courage; “your bread shall be given you, and your water shall be sure." It is not secured to you by the award of civil authority, or by usages whose antiquity is much more frequently appealed to than their justice, but by the promise of the God whose you are, and whom you serve.
He can send you relief from quarters to which you never could have looked, and to an extent for which you scarcely dared to hope. He can, from a heart which he touches, and by a hand which he guides, bring the supports of nature to you and your household. He can send meal to the barrel, and oil to the cruse-open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys-make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.
The last event which I shall notice is the very affecting death of two young ladies, sisters, who were drowned a few days ago in the river Allan, near Dumblane. One of them had gone into the water to bathe, and in a place of whose depth she had not been aware. Her sister, who was sitting on the bank, seeing her struggles and her danger, rushed in to rescue her, and perished in the generous effort. Their bodies were not found till some hours after, and they were interred in one grave. This afflicting event made a very deep impression on all around ; and I refer to it not merely to point out the lessons of caution which it presents to the young, who are too often rash and heedless, and to warn them not to boast of to-morrow, since they know not what a day may bring forth, but to excite them to all the exertions of a pious solicitude for the eternal salvation of their relatives. There is not a brother or a sister's heart which does not throb at the idea of the generous effort of this young lady; but let me remind them that unconverted relatives are in a state of peril far more awful, and which more strongly demands their utmost efforts to save them. Are any of them fascinated by companions who will entice them to sin, forming habits which will place them in the bondage of corruption, listening to doctrines which will cause them to err from the words of knowledge, or living in utter unconcern about their eternal destiny, and shall you not warn them with all earnestness, and strive with all your might to lead them to the spirit and the practice of piely? Some may have a brother or a sister labouring under very gloomy apprehensions of the wrath of God; and if the shriek of a drowning sister would rouse you to the most daring efforts of mercy, shall you be regardless of the piteous cry of the contrite heart, “ What must I do to be saved ?” It is in the efforts of pious solicitude that affection glows with its holiest spirit, works in its
noblest duties, and earns its best rewards. And how encouraging is the thought that in such efforts we have no personal loss or injury to fear; nay, so opposite is their result, that every method which we employ to bring about their salvation will, by the blessing of God, tend to the
furtherance of our own. The tears that soften their hearts shall lighten your own; and the prayers which plead for mercy to them shall be answered in blessings to your own souls.
SERIOUS REFLECTIONS, SUGGESTED BY THE RE-APPEARANCE OF
THE CHOLERA MORBUS. The varied dispensations of Providence dical skill and science,-may be deemed either towards a nation, a family, or an a rod and a scourge in the hand of the individual-whether they be accompanied Almighty. by scenes of a doleful or distressing na Is it not a fearful warning to sinners, ture, whether relating to adversity or an awful alarm to every unconverted chaprosperity-ought to be regarded in the racter, when he looks around him and be light wherewith they are sent, and im- holds his friends and relations becoming proved by every true Christian professor the trophies and victims of this fatal especially
disease--when The calamity to which we now refer, alas! is not confined to a few individuals,
“ Death stands ready at the door
To push our lives away,”neither to a family nor a nation; but has committed its ravages in almost every when he reflects that in the midst of life he part of the earth. Shall such a disease, is in death-when he reflects that in the Then, be traced to mere natural and inci- morning he may arise in the vigour of health dental causes-à malady which, in ours and strength, of which that period of time and foreign lands together, hath swept off is poetically descriptive, and ere the sun millions ? No! One would rather trace shall have finished its diurnal course-ab! it to its prime and original cause, to the perhaps, hath reached its meridian height, fountain and first mover of all causes, and his body shall become lifeless clay, the view it as a judgment from the Almighty tenement of which his departed spirit was for the sins of which we, as a nation, are the tenant. He is roused from those slumguilty.
bers which, perhaps, in a few hours are “Shall there be evil in a city and the to be resumed in the tomb. “Cease ye Lord hath not done it ?” The improve- from man whose breath is in his nostrils, ment that may and ought to be made is for wherein is he to be accounted of.” of a twofold nature. It may be consi. These are solemn warnings indeed. What, dered as a warning to the unconverted, then, should be their tendency? Do they and also as a trial of the believer's faith. not call for serious and strict examina
It may be considered as a fearful warn- tion; and that immediately? A voice is ing to sinners : “When thy judgments heard crying, “ Consider your ways !" are abroad in the earth, then the people The brevity and uncertainty of life must will learn righteousness.” When Pharaoh, be admitted. To prove it go and gaze after the entreaty of Moses, continued to upon the remains of one of your departed keep the Israelites in Egyptian bondage, friends if you please; and he, being dead, the Lord, in his wrath, sent a succession of will yet speak: “ The voice said Cry; and plagues, which were gradually increased he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is in severity, to show them the power of grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as his anger; and we know not but what he the flower of the field : the grass witherwill continue and increase this disease, eth, the flower fadeth, because the Spirit and send upon us grievous burdens of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the heavy, indeed, to be borneon purpose people are grass." It is on this ground, to bring us to the observance and obedi- then, we must build the following reence of his law. The depression of trade marks. Although time is short and unand commerce-the groaning of the na- certain, death and eternity are sure. A tion under the expenses of a late war solemn and important question must then and now the visit of a pestilence,-one of arise in the heart of every reader:-How a fearful description-one baffling all me- stand I for eternity ? Am I prepared for