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weigh him equitably in the balance, you found so little to discommend and so much to praise, that you were almost ashamed to think you should have dwelt upon his little blots and blemishes, or even have seen them. Thus, for example, he was not wholly devoid of vanity-how was it possible that he should be, with so many incentives to it; placed on such an eminence, and standing on it so long?-He had some remains of high-mindedness—where there is vigour, there will generally be height. He did not always shew' the “meekness of wisdom” towards those who ventured to differ from him.---His cheerful spirits sometimes degenerated into levity-his caution into artifice-his desire to conciliate into unreasonable forbearance.--I am speaking now, not of the ordinary tenour of his way, but of his occasional deviations from it. In general, he knew, he saw, he opposed what was wrong in himself-though I do not think he would quite have relished its being pointed out to him by another. No man, I believe, was more conscious of the power and presence of sin than he was, or lamented it more deeply in secret. No man could more truly say what he said of himself, .“ all my life long"-meaning all his christian life I have been more afraid of sin than of shame.” It was truly his one object of abhorrence and enmity.
“ For he was frail as you or I,
And evil felt within
And loath'd the thought of sin."
His letters have fully exhibited the strong and deep views which he entertained, of his own depravity : but I will add two short testimonies more. : I expressed my surprise to him, on an occasion when I had expected to find him elated, how it was that he had been preserved from a great degree of high-mindedness and self-sufficiency. “Two things," said he, “have kept me down; I have had a good deal of affliction from time to time in my family, but my own heart especially has kept me low. I could not be exalted above measure,' whilst I carried such a plague about with me.”: «When I look back upon my life,” said he, "I am more struck with my folly, than with any other part of my depravity : that
I should be inclined over and over again to the very same errors and sins, of which I have tasted the bitterness and experienced the unprofitableness so often.”
My reader will perceive and allow, that I have not been his eulogist in this sketch which I have attempted of his character. I have not extenuated ought which I thought amiss; much less have I ascribed to him an iota of good, which I do not honestly believe to have belonged to him. But having these qualities of the mind and HEART, it can be no surprise to those who witnessed his steps to remember—to those who hear of him only by the hearing of the ear, to be informedthat the result of this holy combination in him was a singularly upright, beneficent and consistent conduct-a WILL consecrated to God, and a WALK like Enoch's with Him, distinguished by peculiar energy, judgment, and consistency
Can I hesitate then to hold him
for contemplation as a man of God? Can I doubt that he was a faithful honoured servant of Jesus Christ? Can I fear to say to his
brother ministers, to his hearers, and to the church at large," follow him-even as he also followed Christ?” Behold him, as the studious boy! Give him praise, as the ardent, laborious, submissive academic! See him disputing early with the doctors, a theologian nót in speculation only but in practice, when he has scarcely put on the gown ! How does he relinquish ease-learning-high prospects-gratifying society-name, friend ships, luxury—that he may have “ the feet of one who bringeth glad tidings”—who publisheth peace to the unlettered and unknown! Meek under opposition, cautious in enterprise, firm under reproaches, when he has finished his work in the village, and has a clear “nunc dimittis,” he unfurls the standard-the same standard-not a colour faded -in a nobler field—and " by pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report,” collects a faithful band of followers from the very heart of Satan's kingdom, and makes
religion--vital, heart-ruling godliness--not only tolerable, but even venerable and highly esteemed, where both the thing and the name had been trodden under foot. Many have gone to their
peace and hope through his ministry either directly or indirectly experienced, who had once viewed him as little better than an itinerant empirica vender of nostrums--a false teacher-a fanatic-or an hypocrite. Many, who once loathed his voice and doctrine, have since learned to speak the same thing; and are filled with consolations, as well as “bowels of mercies,” from the same heavenly source. Seed widely scattered has sprung up—"good seed,”
“ the children of the kingdom”“ trees of righteousness, which the Lord hath planted.” The air has been purified beyond the soil. His doctrine has enlightened, where it has not yet warmed. Benevolence has repaid his tribute with interest : the silver and the stones, which he brought forth and wrought into buildings of mercy, are now raising their voice to the praise of the efficacy of his principles—“the fathers to the children are making known his truth.” Whence comes all this? If the knowledge and mani