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societies, new preachers, and neglecting what my soul feels in this blessed pros-
Her secret dressed her son in words which he de
“ Oh keep me a full, complete salvation; a perfect;
so happy in all the days began to impress his youthful heart;
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vote himself to the service of God at up for insertion in our pages, in which at
years. The clergy of the Church of lease in 1793, and remained there till the England at that period (why should the moment when his lamented decease, April painful truth be disguised?) were, as a body, 12, 1831, divided him from his affection- lamentably defective, both in correctness ate people, after a long and eminently of doctrine and scriptural newness of life. useful series of labours among them for Some were coldly orthodox; some were nearly forty-six years. In the year 1808, inclined to heretical pravities; some were an attached member of his flock, the late semi-Pelagians; some rose little higher Lady Robert Manners, presented him than heathen moralists; and too many, to the Rectory of Drayton Beauchamp, though not obviously heterodox in their in Buckinghamshire, memorable as the creed, were wholly secular in their spirit, parish of that kindred spirit, Richard exhibiting nothing beyond the frigid deHooker, whose supposed study (lately cencies of professional character, and destroyed in building a new rectory- utterly opposed to that spirit which dehouse) his worthy successor
termines to know nothing among men customed to point out, with much gratifi- but Jesus Christ and him crucified. cation, and with many a eulogy on his Some of those clergymen with whom the devout spirit, his attachment to the revival chiefly commenced, unhappily forChurch of England, and his love of sook, at least in practice, or were banished peace. In this secluded retirement Mr.
from, the communion of the national Woodd was accustomed for many years church; and a person eagerly in quest of to spend a portion of the summer and scriptural truth might have entered scores autumn, delighting in the meek labours of churches in succession, without hearof a village pastor, and introducing among ing a discourse which clearly set forth his simple Hock those works of piety and such topics as the lapsed and guilty and mercy
which he had been accustomed to helpless condition of mankind by nature; superintend and foster on a larger scale the way of salvation ; pardon, adoption, in a busier sphere. But to these points justification through faith in Christ, unhereafter. This benefice he resigned, in purchased by human desert; the need of favour of his eldest son, a few months be- conversion of the heart to God, and of fore his death, intending, had he been the sanctifying influences of the Holy spared, to devote his remaining days wholly Spirit. It is not meant that there were to his flock at Bentinck chapel.
not bright exceptions--some in elevated mains only to mention among the notices stations, and more, doubtless, in humble of his life, that he was twice married. His villages, unknown to the world—but it is first wife died in 1791 ; his second was vain to deny, that, as a whole, the Church spared to him till within twenty months of of England was in the condition just dehis death. And how worthy she was of him, scribed; and no sooner was any man how much she conduced to his happiness, seriously concerned for his salvation, how assiduously she assisted his charitable
than he was ready to wander from the labours, how holy was her life, and how Establishment in search of more fruitful blessed was her end, may best be seen pastures. from a memoir of her which he had drawn About the period of our respected
friend's birth, and onward to the close of spirit of conciliation, he never swerved
that they were consistent Churchmen and
than this excellent man, to measure a laden, and I will give you rest;" “ God
Mr. his perpetual topics.
He took a large Woodd's public labours in the house of view of the value of the soul, and the God; reserving the mention of other price paid for its redemption; and all his parts of his ministerial engagements to discourses were modelled accordingly; the statements respecting his personal pointing out the way of salvation, and the character, and his connexion with reli- gratitude due to God for his inestimable gious and charitable institutions.
gift; and exhorting his hearers to work It is clear that there must have been out that salvation with fear and trembling, some peculiar charm in his preaching, and to grow in grace and in the knowfrom the very circumstance that, in a ledge and love of their God and Saviour. fickle and restless metropolis, amidst sur They were always eminently practical: rounding variety, novelty, and multiplied not according to that false and meagre fascinations, he for nearly half a century, notion of practical preaching which would was always encircled by a large and at confine it to the inculcation of some partached flock; not parochial, but collected tial moral deeds and virtues; but accordby voluntary attraction; and that for many ing to that large scriptural view which years the chapel in which he officiated was
grounds holy works on a lively faith in unable to contain the multitudes who de Christ; which makes his cross at once sired to enjoy the benefits of his ministry. the centre of hope and the incitement to And what was that charm? Did he obedience; ever setting forth the Saviour aspire after the cheap popularity excited as both a sacrifice for sin and an ensamby flights of fancy, eccentricities, extra ple of godly life. There might be others vagancies, and volatile speculations ? Or who could probe more deeply the human did he affect the artifices of gaudy elo- heart, and coud detect more acutely the quence, or the higher bursts of sublime wiles of the hypocrite and self-deceiver; oratory? Or did he dive deeply into sub- but in tender expostulation, in scriptural jects of obscurity and mystery, and per- exhibitions of the mercies of God in plex himself and others with being wise Christ, in attractive displays of the blessabove what is written? Or had he ever edness of true religion, in paternal resome quaint device, some newly-coined monstrances with those who were living notion, some phantom of the moment, to only to the world, and exhortations to catch applause, and attract a giddy mul them to shun its snares and devote themtitude? Or did he agitate party questions, selves to the service of their Saviour, he and collect the bigots of a system; assem was a master in Israel; and it pleased bling them to hear the abuse of those God eminently to bless his ministrations. who did not coincide in their own opis Charity was his element; the charity nions? Far removed was be from every described by St. Paul in the thirteenth thing of this nature : no man had less of chapter of the First Epistle to the Corinany such artifices; no man was more thians,— love to man flowing from love to sober, solid, steady, uniform, and unaf God: the charity that suffereth long and fected. His hearers never looked in him is kind; the charity that is not easily profor any thing paradoxical, startling, or voked, thinketh no evil, rejoiceth not in visionary; and, mild as he was, he set his iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth. Of this face like a flint against the seductive charity he was ever the zealous advocate, novelties of the day. Such things may it was one of the prominent elements of draw together an inconstant multitude for his sermons; and few clergymen have a time, but they will not support a steady, laboured with greater effect in enforcattractive, and beneficial ministry, like ing it upon the hearts of men. To young his, of half a century. No; the charm of persons his preaching was particularly atthis holy man's pulpit discourses, was, sim- tractive, from the spirit of love, simplicity, ply the doctrine he taught, and the man and anxiety for their best welfare, which ner in which he taught it. His doctrine always characterized it. To see him cawas the Gospel of Christ; his manner catechising several hundred children, as he was with the love of Christ. He told did every Sunday for a long series of years, men of their guilt and wretchedness; but before the assembled worshippers in the it was not with the spirit of a censor, but house of God, was an affecting spectacle, of a friend and father, anxious to shew which none who have witnessed it can them how their sins might be pardoned, ever forget. It was one of his happiest and their sorrows assuaged. The love moments. He was all kindness, patience, of the Saviour, his agony and bloody and condescension. He “exhorted, and sweat, his cross and passion, were his comforted, and charged every one of them, constant themes. His exhortations were, as a father doth his children;" for he had a “ Be ye reconciled unto God;" “ Come father's heart: he loved children; and thouunto me, ye that labour and are heavy sands of the rising generation, and of those
now in mature life, remember with in
Such were his public ministrations in delible affection his scriptural admoni- the church. In his more private ministions and benignant address. The poor trations, by the bed of the sick and the also understood and valued his instruc- dying, he was eminently useful, usually tions: for while his whole deportment, in dedicating, if possible, a portion of every public and private, was such as conciliated day to these unostentatious labours. He the rich and fastidious, he would often say was, in truth, a devoted minister of Jesus that he considered it the happiness of his Christ ; and eminently obeyed that inministry that to the poor also the Gospel junction of the Apostle to Timothy : was preached. To the sorrowful, the mourn * Follow righteousness, faith, charity, er, and the penitent, he had ever a message peace, with them that call on the Lord out of tenderness, which found its way to the of a pure heart; but foolish and unlearned afflicted heart. On the high days of the questions avoid, knowing that they do Church, the chief fasts and festivals, his gender strifes ; and the servant of God addresses were more than usually im must not strive, but be gentle unto all pressive; for he delighted in the recur men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness rence of those solemnities, and eagerly instructing those that oppose themselves, availed himself of them to set forth those if God peradventure will give them rescriptural facts and doctrines to which pentance to the acknowleging of the truth." they relate, especially the great events in “He taught publicly, and from house to the life of our blessed Lord, in reference house, testifying repentance toward God to us men and our salvation. He greatly and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” admired the wisdom of our Church in the “ He was not ashamed of the Gospel of appointment of such seasons; and, indeed, Christ," knowing it to be “the power of all the arrangements of her ritual and God unto salvation to every one that ber worship were most congenial to his feel- lieveth.” He was “gentle, even as a nurse ings: for in these days of change and cherisheth her children, being affectionschism he was an honest, hearty, and affec- ately desirous” of his people; and they tionate Churchman; a Churchman upon were his “hope, and joy, and crown of reprinciple and conviction; a warm advo- joicing, ,” “whom he ardently longed to becate for the Scriptural Articles, Homilies, hold in the presence of our Lord Jesus and Liturgy of our established communion; Christ at his coming." and seldom did he allow a Sunday to pass
(To be continued). in which he did not, besides his pulpit labours, read the public service twice; The Rev. D. Wilson preached the never accounting himself so much ho- funeral sermon for his much beloved and noured as when, in the desk, as the esteemed friend at Bentinck Chapel, and minister of Christ, leading the united we understand it is to be published. We prayers and praises of the people.
hope to introduce it to our readers.
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.
F. F.; W. S. C.; THEOGNIS ; J. K. ; B. C. S.; A. R. C.; R. E. ; C. E.;
OBSERVER; and some papers without signature, are under consideration. C. H. H. has somewhat misconceived the paper of 0. S., on the parable of the Lord
of the Vineyard. The first labourers, as C. H. H. truly observes, had no claim in justice to more than they had agreed for ; but 0. S. directed his argument to rebut the alleged charge of caprice, or unjust partiality, in the lord of the vineyard's making such an agreement. His argument is directed to the objection, that, though the arrangment was legally just, it was morally inequitable. It is clear that B. has never considered the actual ascertained facts relative to the earth's
structure. There they are, let us deal with them as we may; and it will neither confute the sceptic, nor satisfy the well-informed Christian, to say that all such researches indicate that pride of the human heart which unconsciously skims the very verge of infidelity." Whether is it wiser and more Christian to shut our eyes, and aver that we see no such facts; or to admit what is palpable the moment we open them, but to shew that those facts do not really, as they cannot, controvene the inspired statements, though they may, and do, set aside the popular interpretation of them ? T.W.C. will perceive upon re-perusal, that we did not say that the views expressed by
Mr. M`Neile, relative to the temporal prospects of the Jews, are held by himself alone; or that, as to their substance, they are altogether novel we say, as to their substance, for it is not just to construe' the language of every writer who has spoken of the spiritual privileges and pre-eminence of the restored" Jews as if he meant to include temporal exaltation. What we really said was, that the theory of the future temporal superiority of the converted Jew over bis fellow-Christian, appears to us fanciful (that is, unsupported by the word of God), and likely to lead the Jews to