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esteem had long ripened into a friendship full of affectionate respect, which thirty years of Christian fellowship had tried and consecrated.

In 1815, he received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from the Marischal College of Aberdeen, where, as we have seen, he had in his youth spent a session very profitably, under the tuition of Drs. Beattie and Campbell, and had taken the degree of A.M. He felt pleased and gratified with this honourable notice from a body of learned men, to almost all of whom he was now an entire stranger: but this literary distinction yielded still bigher satisfaction to his numerous friends, by whom he was not only greatly esteemed, but ardently loved.

Agreeably to the usage of the Presbyterian churches, Dr. Waugh was accustomed to deliver special and solemn addresses to his congregation on particular occasions. We shall here insert one or two specimens of the mode in which he executed this duty. The first is an address on the intimation of the communion, and of collecting for the poor, February 8, 1818:

“ By Divine permission, the holy communion will be dispensed in this church on Sabbath, March 1. Young persons and others who are desirous of becoming members of the church, are requested to visit the minister on the evening of Friday or Saturday this week, in the way of preparation for their admission to our fellowship. To those who believe in the Divine mission of the Saviour, who repose confidence in his mediation and atonement, who venerate his holy laws and love his perfect example, we especially address these solemn and scriptural hints. Your pious parents, at your baptism, entered in their claim to God, as their own God, and the God of their seed. It becomes you to satisfy your own minds that you approve of what they did, by personally renewing that claim to God as your own God; publicly giving yourselves to the Lord, and devoting yourselves to him as the guide of your youth, and the Saviour of your endangered souls; avouching the Lord to be your God, putting yourselves under his mild mediatorial care, and associating yourselves with his people in the sacred and most beneficial bonds of church fellowship. Your profession of Christianity is blameably imperfect till this be done. Let not the sincere but fearful disciple withhold his name under a sense of personal unworthiness : we lean not on our own worthiness, but solely on the worth and boundless merits of Him who is the Lord our righteousness. That very humility and trembling of heart are evidences of regeneration. You will find in the bosom of the Divine Shepherd a place for the lambs and weaklings of his flock. The ordinance of the Supper is a strengthening and confirming ordinance: there doubts are scattered, the feeble spark of love raised into a flame, trembling attachments confirmed, the kind affections strengthened, irregular and unholy propensities weakened, subdued, crucified. The Son of God makes a claim on your heart and your public profession. Ask yourselves how much you are to blame, and resist his requirement if you can. The Spirit and the

bride say, Come; the Holy Ghost in the word, and the church by our mouth, say, Come. Let the Saviour's authority overawe you, let his love draw you, let a sense of obligation touch your hearts, and let the prospect of much spiritual good, - let all combine to influence you, and dispose you to say, "Truly I am thy servant, thy servant; thou hast loosed my bonds; and I will surname myself by the name of the God of Jacob.'

“I am requested by the deacons of the church to call the attention of the congregation to another and an important subject. It was an apostolic command, that the churches should devote, on the first day of the week, a portion of their substance to their poor brethren, according as God had prospered them. This primitive usage prevails in all the churches of Christ in the northern part of the land, and the most happy results have followed the usage. By these contributions made weekly, and distributed monthly by the deacons, assistance is afforded to the aged man whose arm cannot earn the accustomed support to his family; to the widow in her sad state of solitude and privation ; to the destitute orphan who, in the tender solicitude of his father's friends, finds to himself a father and a guide. It is not to the credit of a gospel church, if it can possibly be prevented, to suffer her aged members to endure the ills to which, from the mixed company of the profane with which our workhouses are crowded, their serious minds must necessarily be exposed in such asylums, at a period of life when quietness and the aids of pious friendship are especially 142

and love his 1 dress these so pious parents, < claim to God, as their seed. It b minds that you ar sonally renewing 1 God; publicly givi devoting yourselves youth, and the Savic avouching the Lord t selves under his mild ciating yourselves wit and most beneficial bu Your profession of Chri perfect till this be done. fearful disciple withhold of personal unworthiness worthiness, but solely on ti merits of Him who is the I That very humility and tr evidences of regeneration. bosom of the Divine Shephe lambs and weaklings of his flo of the Supper is a strengthenii ordinance: there doubts are sca spark of love raised into a flame, ments confirmed, the kind affectio irregular and unholy propensities dued, crucified. The Son of God on your heart and your public pro yourselves how much you are to blan his requirement if you can. The Sp

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