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vividly remembered by those who heard him fifty years ago.”
“During the opportunities he had of mixing with his people, his conversation was cheerful and always edifying, and particularly soothing to those in distress, when he was called to visit them. And it may be observed, that whenever the name of Mr. Waugh is mentioned to any of the few yet remaining alive who heard him at Newtown, their countenances brighten, and their hearts glow with pleasure, while they recite any circumstance they remember respecting him.”
Mr. Waugh's ministry in London. Visit to Scotland in 1783.
Private diary. His marriage. Ordination of Rev. Alexander Easton. Intercourse with Rev. John Newton. Deliverance from danger at sea. Address to the congregation on his illness. Visit to Scotland in 1806, for recovery of health. Memorial on the Psalmody. Congregational addresses. Accident at Clapton in 1823. Increasing infirmities. Letters to old friends — youthful reminiscences. Letters from Harrowgate. Funeral sermon on Rev. Dr. Bogue. Delight in ministerial duties. Kindness and liberality of his congregation. Correspondence respecting an assistant. His last public services. Character of his pulpit ministrations. His lectures in Fetter Lane, &c. Congregational labours. Anecdote. Non-interference in church secularities. Christian liberality.
When a minister removes from one part of the church to another, the change will lead to serious reflections. Besides the painful feelings of separation, he will often find reason for bitter regret, in the recollection of various instances of important duties which have been neglected, with many precious opportunities of doing good, never to return; and many anxieties will press on his mind regarding the difficulties of his new situation, the temptations to which he may be exposed, the obstructions he may have to surmount, and the steadfastness of the affection expressed by the people among whom he is probably to spend the remainder of his life.
The station to which Mr. Waugh was now appointed, as minister of the Secession church in London, involved in it arduous duties of a different kind from those which had hitherto occupied his attention in a small country charge, arising out of the various classes of which his new congregation was composed, the different occupations in which they were engaged, the dangerous temptations to which they were exposed, and the particular habits of life they had formed, - all which required that his prayers, his instructions, and the whole tenour of his ministrations, should be adapted to the changed circumstances in which he was placed. If he felt deeply anxious in this important crisis about his future prospects, the following letter from the elders of Wells Street must have been consolatory to his mind, by leading him to cherish a pleasing anticipation, that the prayers of such men would assuredly draw down from on high rich and seasonable blessings on both their minister and congregation.
“ London, May 20, 1782. “Rev.AND DEAR Sir, “ It gives us great pleasure and satisfaction, for which we cannot be sufficiently thankful, that the great and compassionate Minister of the upper sanctuary hath conferred on us the near and pleasant prospect of the fulfilment of one of his gracious words to us, though altogether unworthy, 'that our eyes shall see our teachers,' and that we shall have one to break the bread of life among us, and to be an instrument in the Lord's hand of spreading the renowned fame of our Lord Jesus Christ, not to the present only, but also to the rising generation. Blessings are doubly sweet when they are received as the answer of prayer. It has been our concern, though with much imperfection and much unbelief, to ask a pastor from the Lord ; and we hope he hath heard us. Therefore, we desire to take the blessing from his gracious hand, and to render unfeigned thanksgiving. It is our earnest prayer, that the Lord may speedily supply the people of Newtown, and make up their present loss; and that he may direct your way to us in the fulness of the Gospel of
We are indebted for the following incident to one of his earliest friends at the University of Edinburgh, to whom we have referred in a preceding part of this memoir : -" When he left Scotland, to take charge of the congregation in Wells Street, three of us, his sincere friends, met him at Horndean, near Cornhill, where, next morning, he was to take the coach for London. He lay down upon a bed to prepare himself for the fatigue of the journey; we sat by him ; and one of the most important subjects of conversation was regarding the way in which a Christian missionary should conduct himself in introducing the Gospel among rude and heathen nations,-a conversation in which he warmly joined. Of the four present, Mr. Waugh was afterwards eminently useful in bringing forward and establishing the London Missionary Society.”
He arrived at London on the 14th, and commenced his ministry in Wells Street on the 16th June, 1782. His first sermon was from Psalm xlv. 2: “ Thou art fairer than the children of men; grace is poured into thy lips : therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.” In this discourse he gave
utterance to that ardent and affectionate regard to the best of masters which glowed in his bosom, and which communicated so much life and character to the whole of his ministry, manifesting on every occasion that he was indeed a minister of whom it might be said, “ out of the fulness of his heart his mouth spake.” He had three services every Sabbath : lecturing in the forenoon, and preaching in the afternoon and the evening; and this he regularly continued till near his death. His first communion was on the 10th November, 1782, when he preached from Isaiah, lii. 14. Agreeably to the practice of the Secession church, he observed a day of fasting along with the congregation in the preceding week, when he preached twice; preaching also on the Saturday evening, when, after public worship was concluded, tokens of admission to the Lord's table were distributed to the members of the congregation. During the first year of his ministry he was not absent for a single Sabbath from his church; and preached only twice out of his own pulpit on week days, once at Penge Common (where he then lodged) to a small congregation on the green.
For some years after his settlement in London he spent a great part of his time in retirement, and employed himself in reviewing his classical studies, in a critical perusal of the sacred Scriptures, in reading various writers on doctrinal and practical theology, and in making himself acquainted with general literature; so that his mind was richly stored with important and valuable information on every topic he was called to dis