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There are in this loud stunning tide
Of human care and crime,
Of the everlasting chime ;
Plying their daily task with busier feet,
From Harrowgate he wrote repeatedly to the beloved people of his charge, among whom it was the object of his ardent solicitude that he might be strengthened to continue the labours of his ministry,—to him the most delightful of all employments,-till such time as it should please his gracious Lord and Master to call him to his recompense of reward.
“ Harrowgate, August 10, 1825. “My Beloved Friends, “ Through the care and kindness of Divine Providence, I reached this place in safety, and began to drink the waters. I would fain cherish hope of benefit from them; but the result is with God. To him I lift mine eyes; and if the continuance of my ministrations interests your hearts, as I am sure it does, let me beseech you to lift your eyes to the same quarter for relief. I feel the value of time to rise in my estimation as its space lessens and is daily diminished. Whilst it is day, therefore, let us work the work of God. Fading faculties, a broken constitution, and the anticipations of the dark evening of life, we should improve, as powerful inducements to make sure our calling and election, and to make unceasing advances in personal piety and holiness. Our intercourse, however sacred and dear in this life, must at length be interrupted and suspended. While it remains, let it be marked, as hitherto, with the exercise of every kind affec
tion, and especially with those feelings that lead to mutual and reciprocal prayer, the preservation of love and peace, and co-operation in promoting the holy and important objects for which churches are formed, and the institutions of religion devoutly observed. These exertions will soften our path, and sweeten our cup with spiritual enjoyment here, and enliven our hopes of the blessedness which our divine Redeemer with his blood purchased on the cross, and is exalted, from his throne to bestow on all who love and obey him.
“ Bear my young brother on your heart before the throne of God. As he will look beyond his preparations, I trust you will look beyond the pulpit. The weapons of our warfare are mighty, but they are mighty only through God. It is under our feet that Satan shall be brought; but it is the God of peace that shall bring him low, and enable us piously to exult over his broken sceptre.
“And now, my beloved friends, I affectionately and most earnestly commend you and your dear families to God, to the love of his heart, to the intercession of his Son, and to the consolations of his good Spirit, and remain the sincere friend of your souls; and, by the grace and help of God, I hope to live and to die, “ Your loving and faithful pastor,
“ A. Waugh.”
“ Harrowgate, August 25, 1825. “ My beloved Friends, “ It will gratify the kind feelings of your hearts to be informed, that, through the blessing of God on the means that have been used, your minister's general health has been greatly improved, and the end of his journey gained in as high a degree as could reasonably have been looked for. He craves earnestly an interest in your supplications to the Throne of Grace, that the residue of his years may be marked with higher measures of laborious diligence in his sacred work, of unbending fidelity to the cause of his dear people, and of abundant success in advancing their conformity to the image of the divine Redeemer. If these objects be gained, recovered health and lengthened life will become blessings of boundless value; duly prized by your minister, because they involve your spiritual welfare, the credit of your Christian profession, and the honour of Him who gave himself for us, that he might purchase to himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
“ Your minister, as might be expected, longs to return to the bosom of his beloved charge; and hopes, by Divine permission, to resume the service in which his heart delights on Sabbath the 18th of September. May he come to you in the fulness of the blessing of the Gospel of Christ, and that glorious Gospel be preached with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven!
“ Separated from you as to place, he has not been far from you in heart. His humble and fervent supplications for the health of your souls have ascended up, morning and evening, with his supplications for his own family, and for his own personal salvation. He comforts himself with the assurance of the increase of the same feelings on your part. With every sentiment of gratitude for your increasing attachment to his personal and family comfort, and especially to his official ministrations, he remains, beloved friends, “ Your most affectionate pastor,
“ A. Waugh.”
On his return to London he found himself so much strengthened as to be able to undertake his three services on the Sabbath for the remainder of the year; and also to form one of a deputation, along with Dr. Winter and Mr. Arundel, to Gosport, on occasion of the death of his old friend Dr. Bogue,
whom he had recently visited at Brighton. In his memorandum-book he refers to the high satisfaction he felt at the marks of respect shewn to Dr. Bogue's memory at Gosport. For this great and good man, with whom he had long been in terms of confidential intercourse, he preached to his own people at Wells Street a funeral sermon, on the 13th November, from 2 Timothy, iv. 6–8: “ For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith : henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” From the short printed report of this sermon we select the following particulars :
“ Dr. Bogue removed to Gosport in 1777, where he continued for forty-eight years to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ. Having first roused the attention of the public mind to those efforts which led to the formation of the London Missionary Society, he was at length appointed missionary tutor, which office he discharged with great ability, and with the most parental care. He left in the bosoms of many ministers in this kingdom, and of some in America and in various parts of the world, a lively recollection of his fatherly conduct. He kept up the effect of his valuable instructions by a large and free correspondence with missionaries and others in the four quarters of the globe; and could this be collected together, it would form a series of
pastoral letters which has perhaps never been 17 surpassed. After living a life of uncommon activity 23. 126 and pre-eminent usefulness, he found his only de107 pendence to be on the pardoning mercy of God,
21.his only blessedness to be that described in the TEE- thirty-second Psalm. To the last he was great *. and good. The signal was at length given from : on bigh: the voice said, “Come up hither;' and
he entered into the presence of the God he had = served, the Saviour whom he loved, and to the 7. fellowship of many whom he had known and
esteemed. He has left behind him a bright example of zeal, of industry, of perseverance, of benevolence. While we lament his departure, let us trust in God, and pray earnestly to him that he
would bless that society which has lost him.” - The Rev. Dr. Bennet preached also a funeral
sermon at the Poultry Chapel, November 16th, before the directors and friends of the London Missionary Society, when Dr. Waugh prayed; on which the reverend reporter of the sermon remarks :-“ If there was any thing which could add to the solemnity or interest of this very solemn and interesting service, any thing which could tend more than another to fix the attention of the wandering, any thing which might serve to impress all present with the idea that they were in the house of God, and attending to a religious service, and engaging in a mean of grace for which they have to render an account,-it was the intercessory prayer offered before the sermon by the venerable Dr. Waugh. We thought of Jacob at Peniel, of Moses on the Mount, of David and his