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ticularly valuable, from the light in which it places a part of Dr. Waugh's character, which has been often misapprehended, owing to some of those who did not thoroughly know him, erroneously mistaking his extreme forbearance and love of peace for a sort of political pusillanimity, verging on passive obedience.
“ The calm benevolence of his temper,” says Dr. Philip, “ together with the ideas he entertained of the ministerial character, made him afraid of any thing like what is usually designated politics; but he was too ardent a lover of mankind to be indifferent to their civil rights, or to any great question which involved the liberties of his country, or the amelioration of the condition of any portion of the human race. On this subject, the following illustration, which came under my own observation, will suffice to shew that where great principles were concerned, his characteristic forbearance had its just limits.
“ On my arrival from South Africa in 1826, I found several of my friends, who were partly ignorant of the nature of the struggle in which I had been engaged, under great apprehensions on my account; and my friend Dr. Waugh was of the number. At our first interview, after that affectionate welcome which I always received from him, having in an incidental manner discovered his fears respecting the course I had taken, (and it was more in his look than in what he said), I remarked, “We shall not now enter on this subject; but I am coming to see you, (mentioning a day for the purpose), when every thing shall be
explained.' When the éclaircissement took place, we were seated in his study. His attention was rivetted, from the commencement of my narrative, and he never once interrupted me during the whole of my details; but I could easily perceive from his expressive countenance that he comprehended me as I proceeded in my statement, that the subject in its true bearings was perfectly new to him, and that I had opened to him a new leaf in the history of human depravity, which filled him with commiseration for the oppressed, and virtuous indignation against their oppressors. At length, toward the close of the recital, rising from his seat, very much agitated, he laid his hand on my shoulder, and remarked, in his familiar and impressive style, with a tone of solemn earnestness, and with an elevation of voice I had never discovered in him before, (for there was generally a softness in his most solemn moments, which sustained the mind under an appearance of unmixed awe):- My friend, you will never die in peace - I would not have the horror of your death-bed for a thousand worlds—if you do not make known these things to the public !
“ Notwithstanding all the Christian caution for which he was distinguished, and few men have had a greater share of that virtue, he never altered his sentiments in regard to that particular point. While many others, to use the language of an esteemed friend, discovered ' unmanly fears, and the horrors of a politicophobia,' I seldom met Dr. Waugh without his reiterating the inquiry whether the publication was yet in the press; and
this inquiry was invariably followed by some remarks of the same character with those he first addressed to me on hearing my statement, to urge its speedy publication.”
We cannot more appropriately conclude our review of the subject of this memoir in his connexion with the cause of missions, than by applying to himself the terms used by him on moving the thanks of the Society to one of its late secretaries at a public meeting; and the speech delivered by him on that occasion will be still more solemnly impressive, if we venture to suppose the address, which he so strikingly calls down from the awful regions of the unseen world, to proceed from his own departed spirit, as if, though dead, he were yet speaking-speaking from beyond the grave to each and all of the fellow-labourers he has left behind to prosecute the glorious career of conquest upon heathen darkness and depravity, under the Captain of our salvation.
“Could I this day remove the veil that covers the heavenly world; could I place you upon the summit of one of the luminous hills of paradise; could I impart vigour to your visual faculties, and extend their power to the almost interminable regions of the blessed ; could I raise your eyes to the Lamb in the midst of the throne, from whose countenance beams the felicity of the redeemed ; could I open your ears to the songs of the conquerors, and the acclainations of the martyrs, which, swelling in the majesty of thunder, ascend through the expanse of heaven, and fill with
acceptance the ear of God; could I cheer your hearts with the sight of multitudes entering, in blessed succession, through the mediation of Jesus, from Hindostan, from Africa, and the islands of the Southern Sea,--the trophies of Divine power, the purchase of the Saviour's blood, the gems that shall ever sparkle in the Mediator's crown, the firstfruits of the missionary labours,—what inspiration would the glorious objects impart to your souls ! Work, O work while it is day! Whatever your minds find to suggest, whatever your hands find to do, do it now. No device, no work in the grave! Turn your moistened eyes to my yet recent grave, and let the sight arouse, animate, and sustain your exertions. I did a little; and if my constitution sunk under the pressure, I regret that my nerves were not nerves of brass, and my limited measure of threescore years and ten did not extend to an antediluvian age. Should your hearts ever feel languor invading their powers of action, hasten to Calvary. There, redeeming love will invigorate your fading faculties, and constrain you to put forth all your strength in the cause of Him who bled for you. Look forward, each of you, to the eventful hour when the Son of God shall pronounce over you the sentence that shall ever form your destiny of blessedness: · Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.””
In describing Dr. Waugh's connexion with other public associations, we have next to notice the British and Foreign Bible Society, in which
he took a deep interest from its commencement in 1804, justly anticipating from it great and most important results to the interests of the church of Christ in every part of the world. This institution (so closely and beneficially connected with the missionary cause), by the simplicity of its means, the energy of its operations, and the wide field over which it extends, has conferred an invaluable boon on the human race; and, notwithstanding the enemies it has had to encounter on every side, continues, like the sun in the heavens, to pursue its peaceful and glorious course, dispensing the light of life and salvation to those who were dwelling in darkness and the shadow of death. Let every lover of the Saviour hail its triumphant progress in the words of Moses, when the Ark of the Covenant went forward before the congregation of Israel: “Rise up, Lord! and let thine enemies be scattered, and let them that hate thee flee before thee.”
On subjects so well known as the objects and history of this great institution, we need not enlarge; but shall content ourselves with a brief extract from a communication respecting Dr. Waugh’s connexion with it, by the Rev. Mr. Hughes, one of its secretaries, greatly distinguished for his zealous labours.
“ In his public addresses he evinced no small portion of originality and vigour, which, combined with graphic description, a manner alternately pleasant and solemn, and an expression of countenance in perfect keeping with all the diversity of his tones and sentiments, served to rivet the