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· EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE
FOR NOVEMBER, 1832.
A BRIEF NOTICE OF THE LATE REV. WILLIAM WILLIAMS,
LATE OF NORWOOD.
[We have extracted the following notice from a pamphlet just published, by one of Mr.
Williams's sons, and which is referred to in the Review department.] ; It would have been gratifying to salvation to a crucified Redeemer. the family of the late Rev. W. Wil-. He now became a stated worshipliams, could they have discovered per at Surrey. Chapel, and contiany documents detailing his early nued rapidly to grow in grace. history, and manifesting the gra- Having been taught rightly to estidual development of those charac- mate the value of his own soul, he teristics by which he was distin- soon felt deeply interested in the guished in after life. . Unhappily well-being of those by whom he such a document cannot be found, was surrounded. . Beholding the and, therefore, any narrative will spiritual destitution of the villages be necessarily defective. Mr. W. in the immediate vicinity of the was a native of London, where he metropolis, he felt an intense des was born January 24th, 1774. He sire to convey to them the gladenjoyed the advantage of a liberal dening intelligence of salvation education, and at a suitable age through a crucified Saviour. Actuwas entered as a student at law, ated by these powerful motives, he being designed for the profession joined the London Itinerant Sociof a practising barrister. Till near- ety, and commenced his ministerial ly the close of his legal studies, he labours under their auspices, Shortappears to have been in spiritual ly after, having frequently and ferdarkness. At this period, however, vently prayed for divine direction, he was induced to become an occa- Mr. W. came to the resolution of sional attendant at Surrey Chapel. giving up the profession of the law, Here the preaching of the vene- with all its prospective advantages, rable Rowland Hill was blessed to and wholly dedicating his talents the awakening of his conscience to the ministerial work. Having He was led to behold himself as taken this resolution, Mr. W. ac a sinner in danger of perdition, ceded to the request of the Church and taught earnestly to apply for of Christ assembling in Paradise YOL, X.
Chapel, Birmingham, to preach person in the world with whom I before them as a probationer for can entrust my family.” It is no the pastoral office. The result of small commendation to say of the this engagement was an invitation bereaved widow, that she has unito Mr. W. to become their pastor. formly acted the part of a kind With this invitation he complied, parent, and enjoyed the affectionand in September, 1802, was so- ate esteem of those whom Prolemnly set apart to the pastoral vidence has committed to her care. office over that church. In 1806, In 1825, Mr. W. buried his third Mr. W. removed to Warwick, as son, after a protracted illness of successor to the Rev. Mr. Moody. more than two years, during which Disunion having crept into the the sufferer had given satisfactory church at this place, he thought it evidence of an interest in Christ. most beneficial, for the church and In addition to these family afflicfor himself, that a separation should tions, Mr. W. suffered many heavy take place. Having, after fervent pecuniary losses; but with all these prayer, arrived at this conclusion, accumulated trials he was never in 1808, he resigned the pastoral heard to repine. When the fears office at Warwick, and removed to of friends were excited, his conEdmonton, where he laboured for stant expression was, “ The Lord nearly twenty years, happy in wit- who hath provided will provide." nessing, during the greater part The following extract from a letter, of that time, the most complete bearing date August 7, 1828, will harmony amongst the people, and convey some idea of the serenity the warmest affection towards him- of his mind, and likewise the self.
ground on which it was founded. In 1805, Mr. W. was united to
"In this world we are to expect trials Miss Richards, sister to the Rev. and disappointinents. Some are more severely J. Richards, of Birmingham, with tried than others, but none escape. Proswhom he lived in the greatest hap
perity and adversity, afflictions and consolapiness for more than seventeen
tions, are wisely and mercifully blended
together. I have had my share of trouble, years. During the year 1822, he
but I have no reason to complain, for I have was visited by a succession of most many mercies. I have never had reason to afflictive and mysterious provi despond, for the promises are my portion, and dences. In February, he was
I have witnessed the fulfilment of them re
peatedly, seasonably, and graciously. Though called to surrender a beloved son
I have experienced some severe calamities, to the hands of his Maker. Within I have not endured the heaviest that might three short months the endeared have befallen me. I have followed a wife
and three children to the grave. partner of his life was called to
I am de
prived of their society, and shall not see enter into the joy of her Lord; and
them again till I pass beyond the barrier in the following September a third which separates this world from the world breach was made in the family, by of spirits. Then I shall be re-united to the death of his youngest son.
them, for two of them died in their infancy,
and the other two gave satisfactory evidences Under these distressing visitations, of conversion. They all sleep in Jesus, and Mr. W. was enabled to say, with are blessed. In my four eldest surviving pious resignation, “ The Lord gave, children I can rejoice, for I trust that the and the Lord hath taken away, and
good work is begun both in Sarah and in
Margaret,* and that it is gradually advancblessed be the name of the Lord.”
ing. There is not one of my children who In the latter end of 1823, Mr. W. manifests an aversion to religion, or discowas married to Miss Cawley, a :Christian friend of his former wife,
* Since the period in which this was who, on her dying-bed, speaking
written, the deceased father enjoyed the pri
vilege of beholding both his daughters united of Miss C., said, “ She is the only to Christian churches.
vers an inveterate propensity to sini. While continued to improve, though still I can rejoice in my children, I cannot be . he could not be pronounced out of unhappy.
danger. On Tuesday, no alteration The increase of his family, and to excite alarm, or to strengthen a variety of other circumstances, hope, was apparent. In the course concurred to induce Mr. W., in of this day his medical friend, a 1829, to remove, with his family pious member of the establishment, and school, to Chelsea. Having said, “ Mr. W., if you should reoccasionally supplied at Norwood, cover, it will be owing to the asand given great satisfaction, he was tonishing tranquillity of mind you requested to become the successor possess.” He replied, “ It is all of the Rev. J. Richards, who re- peace within,” On Wednesday. moved from Norwood in 1830. strength began to fail, and a low With this request Mr. W. com weakening fever attacked him. But plied, and continued to labour, with while the outer man was thus pegreat success, till within a few days rishing, he enjoyed the renewal of of his lamented decease.
the inner man. A friend from But we hasten to detail the Norwood called to see him, and closing scenes of the life of this asked how his mind felt. He reman of God. On Wednesday plied, with as much emphasis as evening, July 25th, he, for the his weakness would allow, “ It is last time, proclaimed the sacred in perfect peace.” During the entruths of the everlasting gospel to suing night he sunk rapidly, and his affectionate people at Norwood, on Thursday morning, August 2nd, after which he walked home to at ten minutes past 10 o'clock, he Chelsea, a distance of nearly seven yielded his spirit into his Saviour's miles. On the morning of July hands, in the fifty-ninth year of 27th, he complained of indisposi- his age. So peaceful was his end, tion; his illness increasing towards that it may be emphatically said, evening, he consented to have me- “He fell asleep.” He has left, to dical assistance called in. His mourn their irreparable loss, à medical friend found him in a dan- widow and numerous family, many gerous condition, and remained of whom are but of tender age, and with him during the whole night. consequently are dependent on In the morning, he appeared to be their widowed mother. After conrelieved, and his family cherished templating the death of this good the hope, from the improvement man, who can but exclaim, « Let which had taken place, that his me die the death of the righteous, valued life might be spared. Du and let my last end be like his !” ring the Sunday and Monday he
HÍNDRANCES FROM COMING TO CHRIST OBVIATED.
For the Evangelical Magazine. “Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the employ to quicken their approach to him. way, take up the stumbling-block out of Whatever obstructions may lie in their the way of my people," was the injunc- way, and by whatever hand they may tion given of old to facilitate the return have been placed there, we must labour of the Jews from their idolatrous prac- to remove them by every effort we can tices to the worship of the God of Israel. employ. Such labour is one of the most It may be considered as pointing out our important and necessary of the works of duty to those whose faces are turned to mercy, and one which must be peculiarly the Saviour, and the methods we should pleasing to the Redeemer, whose invita