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mitted to be spectators of the scene, they would cordially welcome us, and, may be, view us as the little cloud which the prophet's servant saw, about the bigness of a man's hand, but which would soon cover the hemisphere, and make the desert rejoice and blossom as the rose.
“ I really can scarce hold the pen longer.
“ Our route homewards, October 15, was by Clermont, Amiens (of which I have much to say), Abbeville, Breteuil, Boulogne, and Calais. At the last place, Mr. Ready, a godly baptist minister, has taken a nunnery, made a chapel in it, and opened a school. The magistrates have promised to attend when the chapel is opened, to which Mr. Wilks and I are invited ; but the cold weather and the stormy sea at Christmas, I fear, will frighten us. The magistrates long for the opening, that they may put an end (in terms of the Concordat) to the procession of the host in the streets.
“ Now, my dear Sir, good night.”
It appears from an address to the Protestants in France, printed in the French language, and circulated, by direction of the London Missionary Society, by the members of this mission during their tour, that the chief objects proposed, were to promote the revival of pure religion in that country, by such fraternal aids and encouragements as the restoration of peace and the re-establishment of a regular government might render available. The prospects of success were at first flattering; but the speedy resumption of hostilities
between the two nations, and the reciprocal exacerbations of a fierce and lengthened conflict, again broke off all friendly correspondence between good men of both countries, and the pious gratulations of “ peace and good-will” were drowned amidst the dire clangour of arms. Such of our readers as may desire farther information as to the results of this brief Christian intercourse, we refer to the pages of the “ Evangelical Magazine” of that period.
Dr. Waugh’s increasing bodily ailments, and severe illness in 1805-6, appear to have interrupted for some time his personal services upon missionary tours; but as soon as his health was restored, we find him again actively employed in this important labour. In the year 1807 he was engaged in a missionary tour in different parts of England, for three months. In 1809, during a brief but busy excursion of twenty-one days, he preached twenty-six sermons in twenty different places ; and in 1811 he was employed during the whole month of June in similar laborious services, journeying and preaching through the counties of Dorset, Devon, Somerset, and Cornwall. And, independently of his exertions in travelling, preaching, collecting contributions, and forming auxiliary associations throughout the country, his labours for the missionary cause in other respects, and especially in carrying on a most extensive correspondence with ministers and pious men throughout all parts of the British empire and in foreign countries, were zealous and unremitting, from the
first establishment of the society to the very close of his life.
The following honourable testimony to his services in the missionary cause is given by one of his most esteemed fellow-labourers, to whose valuable communications we have repeatedly directed the attention of our readers :-“ From the year 1803, when I removed to London from Coventry, to 1827, I was in the habit of meeting Dr. Waugh frequently. I had occasion to travel several long journeys with him on account of the society; and a most agreeable companion he was. He was ever ready for every good work, and ever ready to prefer others to himself. His heart was in the missionary work, and he pleaded the cause of Christ and the heathen ex animo. He was every where received by pious people with delight, and never failed to enliven the company by that civility and vivacity of conversation in which he excelled.”
In the summer of 1812 he was sent by the Missionary Society, along with the Rev. Dr. Jack of Manchester, to Ireland, where the cause of missions had as yet excited but a very small degree of interest. The following letters, addressed to Mrs. Waugh, will afford our readers a short detail of the various incidents connected with this mission; and will serve to exhibit the temper and disposition of the writer in his most confidential and unreserved communications :-
“ Lutterworth, Leicestershire, June 10, 1812. “ By the tender care and mercy of God, I arrived here in safety last night at seven o'clock. The country through which I passed exhibits in every spot a field which the Lord hath blessed. I had no company until we arrived at Mimms, beyond Barnet, when eight outside passengers, chiefly graziers from Leicestershire, singularly strong and healthy men, of the true old Saxon breed, sat down to breakfast on cold beef, cold lamb, eggs, and beefsteaks, in a style of cordiality I had never witnessed before. Ashamed of my apparent incapacity, I began to taste the steaks ; and, for a novice, acquitted myself, I thought, very well. They saw I was but a raw hand, and encouraged me, both by word and deed, to quit myself like a man, and be strong. I did so, and felt the benefit of it all the day — no cur-nawing in my stomach, but perfect peace and quiet
“ Congleton, Cheshire, June 16, 1812. “On this day thirty years I began my public ministry in Wells Street pulpit. How much Divine forbearance and most unmerited goodness have been manifested towards me during that long period! How little have I done for the cause of religion in comparison with what I might have done! My heart grows cold when I look back on a life barren of good, and blotted with guilt. How much should the atonement be prized by me, and that text which is the very pith and marrow of the Gospel : • The blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, cleanseth from all sin !
“Mr. Jack goes with me to Ireland for six weeks. If the two Synods, as I hope, give me permission to preach in their pulpits, it will be impossible for me, in the limited time allotted to me, to fulfil my mission. Mr. Jack will take one range, and I will take the other. It will confirm his health, which requires a change of air. He has already procured five days' supply. I meet him to-morrow at the good Mr. Spears', near Warrington, and thence proceed to Liverpool. On Friday I expect to preach in Chester, where the pious Mr. Matthew Henry was minister; and as we cannot reach Dublin on Sabbath to preach, we will try to do something for the institution at Liverpool ; and on Monday set off for Holyhead.”
“ Chester, June 22, 1812. “ Mr. Jack and I are thus far on our journey to Holyhead, where we hope, by the kind care of a vigilant Providence, to arrive to-morrow evening about five o'clock. We sleep there; and next day about three o'clock we sail in the mail-packet for Dublin.
“ Yesterday I preached in the splendid new meetinghouse built for the amiable young Spencer, whose death the churches have so justly and feelingly lamented. Mr. Raffles has promised me a collection when I return. I have just now been in the pulpit of the great Matthew Henry. The place remains as it was built in 1700; the pulpit the same; the six volumes of his Commentary printed in 1720, and placed in different seats of the meeting-house, remain; but, alas! the glory of Divine truth is departed : Jesus is degraded into a God of no reputation.
“ I visited yesterday the walls and castle of this city, celebrated as a Roman station, and saw many of the remaining parts of the fortifications, the actual workmanship of the Romans in the time of Agricola. Last night I met most unexpectedly with two persons from Edinburgh, whom I found to have been intimate with many of my fellow-collegians forty years ago at the University. How Providence scatters Scotchmen over the face of the earth! Their name Scuit means wanderers—and as their name is, so are they.
“ It rains to-day, and my spirits are rather flat. My journey, however, on the whole, will be of service, I hope, to my health. For these last six years I have been able