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bath in Glasgow. Whatever was needful in the way of hospitable attention to my wants, was most abundantly supplied by our Christian friends.

“ Yesterday we set off in the steam-boat for this place. Alexander was at Helensburgh, and must describe the scene of our passage to you, especially at the place where Dunbarton Castle comes in sight. The view last night, from Mrs. Hopkin's house, of the town, the frith, the highland hills in the distance, was, at least to my mind, most sublime and interesting.

“We formed here last evening an auxiliary society, and met with every encouragement from the ministers and their principal people.”

Dunfermline, Friday, June 23. “ Met with Messrs. W. Smart, Ellis, and other friends, at Paisley. Preached, and returned that night to Glasgow. The collections, in Mr. Kidston's, Dr. Dick's, and Mr. Love's, where I preached, were truly liberal,–611., 741., and 671. On Wednesday I arrived at Mr. Smart's, Stirling; and, after a good sleep, of which I have seldom found my tabernacle in greater need, arrived yesterday, through Alloa and Kincardine, at this hospitable habitation. Last night the congregation collected 381. 10s. 6d. I mean to rest here till Tuesday.

“ Bless God for my success in the cause of our divine Redeemer, to whom our obligations are boundless. Every where kind friends, good collections, attentive and numerous congregations."

Laritburn, August 16, 1815. “ This day completes my threescore and first year. Assist me, my dearest woman, with your most earnest prayers, that I may spend the short evening that remains in faithful labours towards my dear people, and in growing kindness to you, and the best interests of the children whom God has given and preserved to us. Say every

thing that is affectionate to them all who are near you. I need not say how much I long to be in Wells Street pulpit; and how happy and easy my mind has been, that in my absence it has been so well and acceptably filled. I have been walking about the farm all this morning, and feel strong and well. Indeed, yesterday and to-day are the first two days that I have been able to call my own since I came to Scotland.”

Kelso, August 21, 1815. God, our gracious Father, continues to keep open, to my claims on their sympathy and liberality, the hearts of the Christian people. I hope an interest is created in the best affections of their souls, in behalf of the poor heathen, under the influence of which they will bear them on their hearts daily before the Throne of Grace, and give God no rest till he arise and make Jerusalem a praise in the whole earth.'

“ On Saturday I came with my brother on horseback to Stitchell, where I preached to the congregation in which from my earliest years I had been brought up, probably for the last time, on the forenoon of yesterday, and collected 171. The congregation here gave me last night 381. As the night was fine, we worshipped on the green. I have been calling this morning on some of my old friends.

“ On Wednesday I go by the Edinburgh coach to Wooler, where I expect to preach on the Thursday.

“ Since I came to the south of Scotland I have felt as a man walking among the tombs. What a blank does every village present to my view! I myself must soon add to the number. By the rain, after the horses were ready, we were prevented from visiting Gordon, the place of our fathers’ sepulchres ; and I fear I must entirely forego that melancholy gratification. When in Edinburgh, at the meeting of Synod, I shall call on Mrs. — and represent — 's needy condition to her. I find it sad up-hill work to procure assistance for the destitute, who have no

claim on the succour of others but what the Gospel gives them.”

Kelso, August 22. “We are going over to my good old friend Mr. Roberton's to breakfast, at Roxburgh Castle, in company with Mr. Bell and the Rev. Mr. Lundie, a worthy minister of the establishment, who has shewn me all the countenance he could. The scenery around Kelso is exceedingly beautiful at this season of the year, and I have this day a relish gratefully to enjoy it.”

Berwick-on-Tweed, Sept. 2, 1815. “ The affectionate deportment of — has also very much overcome me. O! may the gracious Lord keep his arms around him. I feel a trembling of heart about our dear children, which I know to be wrong, but cannot avoid. The success also which God has given to my poor labours, and the state of my health, all combine this morning, somehow, to weaken my mind. I must go. Farewell, my dearest woman. The eternal God be your refuge.”

On board the Buccleugh, off Colchester,

Friday morning, Sept. 12, 1815. “ Since I came on board, I have had leisure to look back on my journey, and have abundant reason for thankfulness to God. My health, especially since I was delivered from the late hours and hot suppers of Scotland, has been good. The kindness of all our ministers and their elders has greatly encouraged me. I find that the congregations which I have visited, and they are almost all of our own body, have given me about 14001. I never can be sufficiently thankful to God, who hath inspired their hearts, nor to them, who have yielded to the force of truth and the inspiration of Heaven. A thousandfold into their own bosoms may their liberality be returned !”

The following extract of a letter, forwarded to us by a friend in Berwick, will, we think, furnish the reader with a key to Dr. Waugh's general success as an advocate for the missionary cause, and to his extraordinary power in touching the sympathies of his own countrymen in his public discourses. It affords, moreover, a pleasing illustration of his mode of availing himself, with singular felicity, of such historical or traditional allusions as were naturally suggested by the localities of the scene where he happened to be placed ; and this not in the vulgarly popular style, offensive alike to good taste and to reverential feeling, which tends to degrade divine things by mean similitudes; but in a spirit essentially elerated and poetical, although, when addressed to a rustic audience, generally simple and even homely in expression. The letter now quoted was written by a plain Scottish peasant, an elder of a Seceding congregation on Tweedside where Dr. Waugh had preached, and was transmitted to Berwick with the sum collected on that occasion for the missionary cause. Exclusive of the subject, it is not devoid of interest, as an illustration, both as regards sentiment and language, of the incalculable advantages derived by the people of Scotland from the general diffusion of education and religious instruction :

“I cannot conclude without giving you a note or two of our sermon. Dr. Waugh, I think, preaches the Gospel in all its simplicity and in all its majesty. His very fine appearance, his animated eye, his familiar yet dignified style, are

all highly impressive. Our text was the strayed sheep. This led the Doctor to make many fine pastoral remarks on hills and dales, bogs and marshes, brakes and shaws; and how the poor wandering sheep, although it should be hunted by the prowling wolf, and watched by the cunning fox,—and although it should stray into the wildest wastes of Lammermuir, or even ascend to the highest summit of the Cheviot fells, yet it must still be brought back into the fold by the good shepherd: even so our Great Shepherd reigns, and his unsuffering kingdom yet shall come. The Doctor then introduced some very striking remarks from the sermons and parables of our Saviour, particularly on the prodigal son, which touched as it were a spring in our souls, brought floods of tears into our eyes, and moistened every cheek.

“ But what do you think the Doctor did next? Why he pulled down all our old Border keeps and castles; he dried up the river Tweed, and said it was no longer a barrier between the two sister nations; that there were no longer Scotch and English, but one British people, greater and happier than either. He then called up many of our ancient feudal heroes from their long sleep,- our Percies, Douglases, Howards, Homes, &c.—and made them tread the scene for our edification. He also passed some encomiums on the improvements of our country, particularly on our agriculture; and praised the half-creating hand of man. And all this, he said, was owing to the benign influence of the Gospel; for without the Gospel

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