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cup runneth over,--our lips are parched. You have bread enough and to spare, -we perish for hunger. O that one would give to us also to drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem ! Is it possible that an appeal of this nature can be made to our hearts, and the graceful indignation of our souls against the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, not be awakened? Will not every virtuous mind exclaim,
Away! be gone out of my sight! I this day consecrate my energies and my substance to the cause of humanity, to the spiritual illumination of the poor heathen, to those truths which give importance to our existence, and make it worth a man's while to live.'
From this blessed island, -blessed above all the islands that bespot the bosom of the deepblessed at an early period with the knowledge of uncorrupted Christianity-blessed with equal laws — blessed with princes who identify their happiness with the happiness of their subjects,from this island, as formerly from Mount Zion, shall emanate the light of heaven, to scatter the darkness in which the world is involved, and introduce the long-predicted reign of piety and
“ To speak of motives to induce you to support a cause of this nature, would be to insult every good feeling in your bosoms. I assume it, and surely I am only doing justice to your benevolent hearts in the assumption, that the love of Christ constrains you to this work of exalted beneficence. It is a motive of irresistible energy,
that unites, purifies, and strengthens all the faculties of our nature.
My reverend and excellent brother who spoke first, mentioned the blessed co-operation among
all the denominations that bear the Christian name, which this institution has produced. In truth, this is not the cause of a party; but it is a cause that will unite every party. It is the great loadstone of holy and benevolent affections. The Son of man is lifted up; and by means of the growing knowledge of that book, every page of which is illumined with his glory, and perfumed with his grace, he is drawing all men after him. What, then, must be the apathy of that mind which feels not this attracting virtue ! What honour does every man secure to his own heart by supporting this cause ! Your character for pious beneficence will this day acquire additional lustre, and by your unceasing zeal you will fix your own reputation. What is generous and liberal, what is worthy of yourselves and suitable to your obligations, you will do; and the blessing of millions who are ready to perish, like the dew of heaven, will rest upon your habitations.
“ I have addressed these thoughts to you, tremblingly alive to a sense of my inability to do what my heart irresistibly urges me to do. Could I have pleaded the cause better, I would have done it. Say any thing of the speaker that may affect the measure of his original faculties, or the culture of his powers; but you shall not be allowed to say, that he is unwilling to spend and to be spent in the service of a cause which gathers its importance from God and from immortality.”
In commemorating Dr. Waugh's exertions in connexion with philanthropic institutions, we must not overlook the Scottish Hospital,--a charity which always brought into exercise the kindliest affections of his nature. It has been correctly described as “a charity applicable to the poor mechanic, the artisan, and labourer, natives of Scotland, with their wives, widows, and children, resident in this metropolis and its immediate neighbourhood, who, not having acquired any parochial settlement in this country, would, in age and poverty, in sickness and distress, or when in want of employment, be exposed to the utmost wretchedness or beggary but for its fostering care.
Dr. Waugh joined this institution in 1788, and continued one of its most zealous and efficient members for thirty-seven years, and never once relaxed in his exertions to promote its interests, till his health was broken down by age and infirmities. The late Dr. Hunter, himself an indefatigable benefactor to the Society, was accustomed to urge him, on his first arrival in London, to take a warm interest in its administration.
“ You are the man, depend upon it,” he would say, “ to take up my mantle when I shall let it fall.” Like our great Master, who went about doing good, he was ever tenderly alive to the bodily privations, as well as to the spiritual necessities, of his fellowmen. There was, besides, a deep nationality of character interwoven with the very frame and
texture of his mind, so that he never felt a sweeter pleasure in his own bosom, nor communicated higher delight to others, than when pleading the cause of his poor and destitute countrymen. Never were the energies of his mind or the benevolent affections of his heart more advantageously displayed than when speaking on this, to him one of the most interesting of all topics, at the annual festival of the society. It was, indeed, to all around him, “ the feast of reason and the flow of soul.”
He became also, soon after his arrival in London, a member of the Corresponding Board of the Society for Propagating Christianity in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. We feel it impossible to convey to the reader an adequate idea of the welcome which he was wont to receive at the annual festival of this institution and at that of the Scottish Hospital. One simultaneous burst of feeling, replete alike with enthusiastic esteem and with affectionate attachment, greeted the appearance of his well-known and venerable form. He was considered as national property, while each individual felt and claimed him as his own. Never were the triumphs of his eloquence more complete than when engaged in awakening into active and charitable exertion the pious principles and national sympathies of his countrymen. But we injure the subject. It was a tribute whose value can be justly appreciated only by him who was fortunate enough to be among the number of those by whom it was paid.
We might here mention various other institutions, such as the Hibernian, the Irish Evangelical, the Religious Tract, and the Anti-slavery Societies, the Mill Hill Academy, &c. &c.; in advancing the objects of which he took a deep and active interest.
To the last-mentioned institution, his energies were particularly devoted, from its rise to the close of his life. He was a constant member of the examination committee, and to this day the former pupils retain the most vivid and grateful recollections of his quarterly and half-yearly visits. We insert the two following anecdotes furnished to us by a member of the committee, a gentleman deeply imbued with Dr. Waugh's own beautiful spirit.
“ For some years after the establishment of the Dissenters' Grammar School at Mill Hill, the patrons and friends of that important institution met at an annual dinner in London. On one of those occasions, Dr. Waugh's health having been drank, after briefly returning his thanks, he adverted to the many advantages of such a seminary within a few miles of the metropolis. Among these, he specified the picturesque beauties of the immediate locality, and their probable effects in the formation of character. This led him to expatiate, with that correctness of taste and ecstasy of feeling, which he always evinced on such occasions, upon the sublime scenery of his native country, and its palpable effect on the sons of Scotland. In the midst of his address he was interrupted by the rude and obstreperous laughter of two young gentlemen present, and the words of disapprobation