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THE

NEW EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE,

AND

Theological Review.

OCTOBER, 1815.

MEMOIR OF THE LATE MR. ARCHIBALD M'LEAN. To the Editor of the New Evangelical perspicuity, he has laboured so Magazine,

much after conciseness in his comSIR,

positions, that in those respects he As I perceive from your last has many superiors. What I comnumber, p. 277, that you consider mend in his writings are the india Memoir of the late Mr. M'LEAN cations of his profound acquaintto be a desideratum, I am induced ance with the sacred Scripturesto offer you an outline, of which his deep insight into the economy you are at liberty to make what- of redemption--the general har ever use you please. I regard it mony of his sentiments with the among the most fortunate circum- scope of divine revelation-his unstances of my life, that for nearly deviating attachment to the docthirty years I was favoured with trines of sovereign, rich, and free the acquaintance of that eminent grace --- and the singular felicity servant of Christ; that I have with which he illustrates whatever spent many weeks and months in subject he takes in hand. These his society; that, when absent ! excellencies are so apparent in was privileged with bis correspon- bin, that it is impossible for any dence; and had always the feli-one who understands and loves the city to call him my friend. Should truth, to be acquainted with his I tell you that I have long con- published works and not to esteem sidered him to be the ablest Theo- them. That they have hitherto logical writer of the present age, been so little known and read in you would probably be disposed England, though much to be reto resolve the favourableness of gretted, is not difficult to be acmy judgment into that partiality counted for; and I rejoice to think which the warmth of friendship is that the causes which have hitherso apt to produce in us all; and I to impeded their circulation are shall be content that you do not only local, and likely to be of impute it to any motive less grateful short continuance. I understand to my feelings. You must however that a copious Account of his allow me to explain, that when I Life and Writings is preparing to speak thus highly of 'his writings, be laid before the public by his you are not to understand me as own family, together with some referring to the elegance of his valuable pieces which he had prestyle, his well' turned periods or pared for the press previous to his flowing diction. I am quite aware, decease; but as it may be sonre that though seldom deficient in time before that object can be acVOL, I.

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complished, the following sketch good to the souls of thousands, may not prove unacceptable to and ever treated his character with yourself and readers.

great veneration, The BIOGRAPHY OF ARCHI- The father of the subject of this BALD M*LEAN will furnish a fresla Memoir

what may be properly proof, in addition to the many al termed a highlander. He was born ready upon record, that some of and brought up in the Highlands the most valuable writers who have of Scotland, but had removed from been raised up to bless the world thence to the neighbourhood of by their labours, have sprung out (Glasgow, where he rented a farm of obscurity, and been the least in- at the period of his son's birth. debted to what may be called the When the latter was about five or privileges of birth. The minority six years of age, a highland chief, of Booth is well known to have whose name I think was Pen-y-gal, been spent in weaving stockings and who was well known to the FULLER, the indefatigable Secre- elder M'Lean, happening to pass tary to the Baptist Mission, has through the neighbourhood, paid frequently milked twenty cows in him a visit, and being much taken a morning--and the junior years with young Archy, importuned his of MʻLEAN may be said to have father to let him go home with maintained an affinity to them him to the Highlands upon a visit, both. He was born in the year merely as a companion to his own 1732, at a farm house in the vi- son, who was of the same age; and, cinity of Cambuslang (at no great permission being granted, such an distance from Glasgow) a village attachment was formed between renowned in the Scottish annals of the parties that he became in some the last century for some extra- degree domiciliated in his new ordinary awakenings in religion abode, and some years elapsed under the preaching of Mr. George before he returned to his father's Whitfield. At the period to which house. This link in the chain of I refer, young M‘Lean was quite a his life was productive of some Þoy, but he had frequent oppor- importar i consequences; one of tunities of hearing Mr. Whitfield which was, that it introduced him preach in the neighbourhood of into a familiar acquaintance with his father's house, and was a spec- the Erse or Gaelic language, which tator of many singular scenes that he never afterwards forgot. I have were produced by the ministry of seen him when he has met a Higlithat great man. I have often heard land soldier in England, go up to Him entertain parties of his friends him and enter into a familiar conby the hour, in describing Mr. versation with him in Gaelic, reWhitfield's person and striking specting matters which related to manner of address, in repeating the Highlands—and whenever he mạny of his pungent sayings, as fell in company with an Ancient well as the effects produced upon Briton, or Hibernian who could his audience, which on some occa- speak the native Irish, he seemed sions were truly surprising. And to have pleasure in tracing the rethough when he had advanced in semblance between the different life, and attained some maturity of dialects, which he was perfectly judgment in divine things, he was aware had all one common origin. of opinion that in the great work of I have also heard him contend conversions which he had witness- stiffy for the genuineness of the ed at Cambuslang, there might be Poems of Ossian, affirming that much that was not genuine, he when a boy he had heard many nevertheless considered Mr. Whit- parcels of them recited by old field as the instrument of much people in the Highlands.

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MEMOIR OF MR. ARCHIBALD MʻLEAN.

291 On his return to Glasgow, young making the voyage by sea, the Archibald obtained some advan- vessel was wrecked, and he very tages of education which would be narrowly escaped with his life. Of in vain sought in the Highlands, this memorable occurrence he wrote though it is certain that these ex- à most full and circumstantial actended not beyond the reading and count to his family, quite in the writing of English, with some style of Luke's narrative of Paul's knowledge of Arithmetic. He lived shipwreck in the Mediterranean, indeed to possess a tolerable share recorded in Acts xxvii. This inof acquaintance with the Latin, teresting letter is still extant in the Greek, and Hebrew; but all this family, and will, I hope, be by was the fruit of his own indefati-them given to the public in their gable industry. The Presbyterians projected Memoir." How long he of the last century were much more continued in London I am unable concerned to educate their offspring to say; but I remember to have in the first principles of rekgion, heard from him that he was obligéd and as far as in them lay, to train to quit the metropolis on account them

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in the fear of God, than of ill health, being greatly threatto bestow upon them the accom-ened with consumption, on which plishments on which we of modern account he returned to Scotland. times are unhappily so fond of Mr. M'Lean now commenced pluming ourselves! That this was the printing business in Glasgow, the case with the parents of my on his own account, in partnership late friend may be partly inferred with a Mr. John Bryce, as appears from the circumstance, that I have from the following circumstance. often heard him speak in terms of I have before me a copy of Dr. high commendation of the Assem- Owen on Justification, printed by bly's Catechism, and the import- them in a thick duodecimo volume, ance of teaching it to children with the imprint of which is “ Glasgow the scripture proofs, and adduce 1760," and on the back of the his own experience in evidence. title-page is the following adverHe used to say that he was taught tisement. “As the printers of this it when a boy, and that when he Treatise promised to answer the began to mingle with the world, demands of the public, by puband his mind was unhappily led to lishing such practical pieces of wander after its vanities, he lost all Dr. Owen as were scarce, and recollection of it, insomuch that never before printed in this kingyears elapsed without his probably dom; and as they have hitherto ever remembering any thing about met with tolerable encouragement, it; but when it pleased God to they propose to pursue their plan, stop him in his career, and grant by printing his “Treatise on Comhim repentanee unto life, his Cate-munion with God,” &c. This will chism was one of the first things be put to press so soon as subthat occurred to his recollection, scriptions sufficient to defray the and he could answer every question expense of printing shall be obin it, adducing all the scripture tained: those who intend to enproofs with as great facility as at courage the publication, are reany former time; and this he said quested to send in their names he found of great advantage to him to John Bryce and Archibald in everysubsequent period of his life. M'Lean, jun. at their printing

Having finished his education, office, Bridgegate, Glasgow, by the he was put apprentice to the print- 1st Jan. 1761.” At this tine Mr. ing business, in Glasgow, and after M'Lean must have been about the serving out his time, went to London age of twenty-eight. May we not to perfect himself in the art. In infer from the term junior being

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