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THE FIRST EDITION.
The Memoir now presented to the public was prepared by two of Dr. Waugh's friends resident in Scotland. Its object is to delineate a character richly marked by the image of Christ, to record the leading incidents of a life devoted to goodness, and to present an example whose excellence demands that imitation to which its beauty allures.
The facts detailed are such as fell under
the observation of the writers, or were communicated to them from respectable sources. Among the persons whose valuable communications have enriched this Work, justice and gratitude require that the Rev. George Burder of Fetter Lane, the Rev. George Collison of Hackney, the Rev. Dr. Morrison of Brompton, the Rev. Dr. Philip of the Cape, and A. Chalmers, Esq. of London, should be especially mentioned. The thanks of the compilers are also due to Thomas Pringle, Esq., Secretary to the Anti-Slavery Society, not only for his able editorial superintendence of the Work during its progress through the
press, but also for some most judicious alterations and additions which his frequent and recent Intercourse with the members of Dr. Waugh:s family has enabled him to introduce:
The letters inserted in this Memoir will be found peculiarly interesting, from the views which they give of Divine truth and duty, the scenes they describe, the incidents they detail, and the qualities of heart which they so delightfully exhibit. Other specimens of Dr. Waugh’s talent for letter-writing, fully equal to any of these, could have been given; but that which charms in friendship cannot in all cases be rendered interesting or suitable for the public.
For the deficiencies of this Work the candid will find an apology in the distance of the writers from the scenes of Dr. Waugh's life, and in the impossibility of doing full justice to services so extensive and to qualities so various. To the good of all parties it is affectionately dedicated, for he was the common friend of the pious of every name; and at the feet of that Saviour it is laid, to whose grace their venerable friend ascribed so piously all that he did and all that he enjoyed, and in whose service he was faithful to the death.
JAMES HAY, A.M. Kinross.
March 1, 1830.
THE SECOND EDITION.
In presenting a Second Edition of this Work, the writers cannot repress the expression of their high gratification at the favourable manner in which the public has been pleased to receive the First; the rapid sale of which evidences the deep interest felt by the wise and good in the memory of Dr. Waugh, and excites the hope of the extending influence of his spirit and example.
In this Edition will be found some additional letters and anecdotes, illustrative of the combined cheerfulness and piety of his character, and some further passages from his pulpit discourses, exhibiting more fully the light, beauty, and fervour of his teaching as a Master in Israel.
THE MEMORY OF THE REV. DR. WAUGH.
Whoe'er thou art whose eye may hither bend,
Do riches, honours, pleasures, smile around? He would have shewn thee where alone is found Their true enjoyment on the Christian plan Of holiness to God and love to man. Are poverty, disease, disgrace, despair, The ills, the anguish to which flesh is heir, Thy household inmates? Yea, even such as thee He bailed as brothers of humanity; And gave his hand and heart, and toiled and pled, Till nakedness was clothed and hunger fed ; Till pain was soothed, and even the fiend Despair Confessed a stronger arm than his was there.
And ye far habitants of heathen lands, For you he raised his voice and stretched his hands ; And taught new-wakened sympathy to start With generous throb through many a British heart; Till wide o'er farthest oceans waved the sail That bade in Jesus' name the nations hail, And Afric's wastes and wildered Hindostan Heard the glad tidings of “good will to man."