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to do very little in the cause of sending the Gospel to the heathen. It is probable this may be my last service of the kind. Somebody must take the labouring oar. If every one shall say, • I pray thee have me excused,' the heathen must perish, without one helping hand stretched forth to save them. There is none of the directors, in the Christian ministry, who owes more than I owe to the Son of God, and who ought on this account to step before me in these services; and it is the only return in my power to make in the way of gratitude. My own family cannot suffer materially by my short absence; and the variety of the public administrations in the house of God will, I trust, be both pleasing and edifying. The accounts I receive of yourself, and the children who are with you at Penge Common, will comfort and strengthen my heart, and send me to the throne of God with oblations of unfeigned gratitude to the bountiful Giver of all our mercies.
« P.S. When Mrs. -- calls give her ten shillings, and bid Thomas sign a letter to the Scots Hall for her for the second Wednesday of July.”
“ At the Rev. Mr. Bridges', near Aughnacloy,
Tyrone, Ireland, June 27, 1812. “ On Thursday I arranged matters for our collections in Dublin on to-morrow fortnight, and left Mr. Jack to preach, and make our object as extensively known as possible, till my return, which I hope will be on Friday week, the 10th of July. Yesterday I set off, and travelled by Drogheda and Dundalk to Newry, where I slept; and this day by Armagh, Caledon, and Aughnacloy, to my present quarters. Good reason have I to say with David, Psalm cxxi. 8, • The Lord hath preserved my going out and my coming in.'
“At Armagh I inquired for Mr. Hamilton, and found that he had the very day before set off for London. The good folks here are all at the sermon preparatory to the communion to-morrow, on which account I have hurried
down, that I might meet the Synod of Ulster on Tuesday, at Cookstown, Tyrone, where I will tarry till Friday, and meet our Secession Synod the Tuesday after at Armagh.
“ The appearances of poverty in this country, and the coldness of some of the ministers whom I have seen to our cause, are not very encouraging omens of success; but I shall endeavour to execute the trust committed to me with all earnestness and fidelity, and leave the event to Divine Providence.”
In his memorandum-book there is the following notice :-“ June 28, Castle Caulfield. The administration of the holy communion. Sermon on the green among the ruins of the castle. How different the sounds there now from the wild uproar of ancient manners in the baron's castle! how different the dress and simple manners of the people from the habits of those days! So may the blessed Gospel humanise the heart of man!—Psalm cxix. 32.”
“ Cookstown, July 4, 1812. “ The Synod of Ulster yesterday gave me permission to preach, and to collect in the pulpits of such ministers in their bounds as should find themselves disposed to countenance my object. About seven or eight have invited me. I begin to-morrow in this town.
“Next Monday 1 proceed to Armagh to meet our own Synod. On Friday night I hope to be in Dublin, and to find letters from my dear family. On Monday the 13th, Mr. Jack and I will arrange our route, which, for aught I now see, will be gone over in a fortnight; after which we shall hasten back to Liverpool.”
In his memorandum - book is the following notice of his interview with the Synod of Ulster:
-“ July 3d, 1812, Cookstown. Letter of the directors read at the instance of Messrs. Horner and Hannah, who were very friendly; opposed by -- -- The Synod at length agreed to express their approbation of the Missionary Society, and to leave it to each minister to invite me into their pulpits as they shall think proper. Distributed reports, addresses, &c. Received invitations from the following ministers.” Then follows a list of seven or eight ministers.
A gentleman distinguished for successful labours in the missionary field, who travelled through the north of Ireland in 1828, has favoured us with an account of this meeting highly honourable to Dr. Waugh, who, with his characteristic modesty and forbearance, was entirely silent in his correspondence, both with the directors and with his own friends and family, on the subject of his persuasive defence of the important cause which had been intrusted to him. “ The following anecdote,” says Dr. Philip, “ was related to me by several individuals during my late excursion in Ireland. In order to render it more intelligible to readers in England, it may be premised, that the Presbyterians in the north of Ireland are divided into different bodies, of which the principal are that designated the Synod of Ulster and the Seceders. The Synod is connected with the Church of Scotland, and the Seceders are in communion with the Scotch Secession Church, to which Dr. Waugh belonged. The Secession Church in Ireland, like the Seceders in Scotland, has always strictly adhered to the doctrinal standard of the Westminster Confession; but many of the members of the Synod of Ulster have been long known to have a leaning to opinions diverging widely from that standard ; and this circumstance, along with others, formed a barrier to any cordial union between these two bodies, and rendered a strong party in the Synod inimical to the cause for which Dr. Waugh had come to plead. Accordingly, when a request was presented that he might be heard at the bar of the reverend Synod, as a deputy from the London Missionary Society, the petition gave rise to a very warm discussion, which was marked by acrimonious language on the side of the anti-mission party. After a debate of considerable length, during which Dr. Waugh heard himself reflected on, by gentlemen who did not know him nor the other conductors of the society, in language which gave pain to all his friends who were then present, he was at last permitted to speak. The triumph of his benevolence and eloquence was never more conspicuous than on this occasion. Notwithstanding the disadvantages under which he rose to address the assembly, I was assured by several gentlemen who were then present, that he had not spoken half an hour when there was not a dry eye to be seen among all his auditors; and several of the individuals who had reflected on him in severe terms were the most deeply affected. From that day, so far as the Synod was concerned, liberty was granted that every pulpit might be opened to the deputation of the London Missionary Society.”
randum-book, in reference to his very cordial reception by his brethren of the Seceding Synod of Ireland :-“ Wednesday, July 8, 1812, Armagh. Attended the Synod. My letter from the directors was read. Addressed the Synod. Received, on the reading of the roll, a cordial invitation from each minister and elder to preach and plead the cause of the heathen. The clerks of the Presbyteries to give me the addresses of all the ministers, that I may arrange them at Dublin, and send word to them of the day appointed for each place respectively.”
“ Dublin, Sabbath morning, July 12, 1812. “ After a journey of about two hundred miles, the gracious providence of our heavenly Father brought me back in safety to this city last night. The journey was not without fatigue ; but, alas ! how scrupulously we weigh any little hardships we undergo for the sake of Christ and of his church! Much kindness, however, I received from our ministers, as you will have heard by my letter of Friday from Armagh. The Lord has opened a door, I trust, of much future benefit to the cause of missions, when I can no longer plead their cause. A spirit is awakened in the north of Ireland which, if wisely managed, promises to furnish powerful aid to the parent institution in London.
“ I found Mr. Jack in perfect health, and was happy to think that, by his acceptable preaching, he hath prepared the way for our success in Dublin. We meet with our active friends to-morrow morning, to arrange the plan of our future operations. I will inform you of them before I close this letter.
“Mr. Jack preaches this morning in Dr. Macdowall's meeting-house, and I in our own. The young man who is the successor of good Mr. Pollock, a Mr. Gass, I met with at Armagh; in the last stage of a consumption. What