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« At church, with meek and unaffected grace,

His looks adorned the venerable place;
Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway,
And fools, who came to scoff, remained to pray."

There was scarcely one in the town that had not applied to him for advice. If any embarked in trade at home, or at a distance, it was only in such a branch and with such connexions, as he sanctioned. If a youth was to be apprenticed, it could not be spoken of for certainty until the Rector's approval had been obtained : and if a suitable match was hinted at by him, there was no peace in his little Israel until it was accomplished; and what was, perhaps, strange though common, this peace was always permanent. Many and many a time had I passed by the good man, and received and returned the acknowledgments he made: but he knew my character and former habits of thinking, and though various were his attempts to gain my attention, yet I repelled them, and he remained at a distance from me. At the time of my alarming illness, there were some who were surprised at his not having gained access to “ the strange officer,” as they called me; but he met with no encouragement, and

when he learnt from my medical attendant that, though a change was wrought in my mind, I was determined to be biassed by no sector party, but solely to be governed by my own judgment after enquiry made, he still kept aloof; and it was only upon my first attendance on the service of his church that the spell was broken; when the signal being thus given, my door was at length opened by him. Happy, indeed, I now consider myself that it was so, for such a guide was rarely to be met with. He that could speak in plain and homely truth to the lowest, and could display the beauties of the Gospel with a simplicity that none could fail of understanding, had the power, also, for he had the scholarship, to enter into the most şubtile argument, to unravel the web of sophistry, and set forth, with all the perspicuity of learning and genius, the doctrines of Christianity in their true light; and he could enforce them with an energy peculiarly his own, so as to bring home to every breast conviction of their truth. All this he would do with so much humility and tenderness, and with such strength of reasoning as to convince the judgment and satisfy the conscience: indeed, the success of his arguments was attributable to no artifice, but solely to the certainty wrought in the mind of his hearer that he was in earnest in what he urged, and that it was his object to expose truth in all its simplicity, and to work conviction rather than to gain a triumph over his adversary. His mode of reading the common prayer was distinct and audible, neither drawn out so as to tire, nor hurried so as to disgust; while the easy modulation of his mellowed voice gave a variety that best accorded with the nature of every supplication : indeed, it was the reading of one who felt every word he uttered, -- of one, accustomed to pray with fervour, - of one who saw nothing and none before his

but the

great God he addressed, so as to render it almost next to impossible that his manner and feelings should not be communicated to those around him, and cause them also to adore the great Being, who in their mental eyes, stood amidst such as were there gathered together in his name. Of his preaching what shall I say more than that it was truly apostolical ? One might almost read in the lineaments of his face what his tongue was about to utter. He was all earnestness, now encouraging by hopes, now stimulating by fears, and now persuading by love. Divine love was the beginning and close of every theme. When he touched upon the majesty of God, from the transcendent holiness and purity of whose nature he led his hearers to the consideration of his hatred of sin, he raised in every breast, a sensation of reverence and awe;— when he spoke of the gracious influence of his Holy Spirit, he seemed like one pouring a balm of consolation on the mind;-—whenever he descanted upon the compassionate mercies of the divine Redeemer, tears might be seen standing in the

eyes of his congregation like dew, ready to fall for the refreshment of their souls. He was all to his flock, and his flock was every thing to him :

“ To these his heart, his love, his griefs were given, While all his serious thoughts had rest in


It was this holy man who showed me on different occasions, with convincing clearness, how the Church unfolded the great doctrines of Christianity from the Scriptures themselves : but I remember on one day more particularly, when after one of his most striking discourses I

found him alone in his study, and the conversation turning, as usual, upon the subject now uppermost in my thoughts, he was led to explain to me, more at large, by what steps he drew from the only pure fountain of all wisdom the truths which he was desirous of impressing upon his congregation, how the Almighty Father, his Only-begotten Son, and the Holy Spirit constituted one and the same God, to whom separately and jointly, he considered that the attributes of the Deity were given and belonged. On the one hand, he pointed out the fundamental doctrine of original sin, as it is called, and showed me, in a way that worked conviction in my mind, the lamentable consequence of Adam's transgressions in that depravation of his nature, which was thus transmitted to all his posterity ; on the other, he dwelt with delight on the still more important doctrine, he said, (if he might so call it, where it was equally necessary to believe in both, in order to understand the great scheme of Redemption,) of the atonement made by Christ Jesus. Of this he explained the nature, together with the reason which he had, from numberless passages of

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