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laughs at the pictures of hope, and place them on the solid and abiding satisfactions of the life to come.”
He was often requested to give the charge at ordinations in congregations beyond the circle of his religious connexions, and for such offices he was eminently qualified. His addresses were so rich in the wisdom of experience, in the unction of piety, and in the tenderness of friendship,there was in them such life and energy, such solemnity and elevation,—that the chief Shepherd was felt searching the heart of the young pastor, and giving his mandate, “Feed my sheep, and feed my lambs;” and the memory of such a scene was the impulse to a whole life of sacred labour.
But his friendship shewed itself in his active exertions to promote the interests of his friends; and if they made known to him the case of any one in poverty, he made application on their behalf to the opulent with a delicacy and earnestness which generally succeeded.
“I have often," says a friend, “seen him much distressed at the numerous applications made to him by country ministers, on whom was laid the ungracious duty of begging for their congregations. Some of their cases did not receive the approval of his discriminating judgment, and these no solicitations could tempt him to sign; but the greater part he could not but approve, and was thus constantly drawing from the resources of his beneficent friends. He used to say, “The unostentatious, inexhaustible liberality of these good men continually excites my wonder. I have
now known it to flow uninterrupted for nearly forty years. I cannot think that God will withdraw his blessing from this favoured land while such a stream of genuine Christianity runs through it.'” “A very large proportion of every week,” says another of his friends, “was consumed in paying attention and giving counsel and introductions to ministers of all denominations, who came to London to collect for their congregations. Not only did he attend to such as applied to him; but he literally sought them out, and in many instances was not contented by merely putting his name to their cases, but whenever his engagements would permit, he personally accompanied them, and often for many a long day has he thus travelled with them the streets of London."
On this subject, a minister, who is himself eminently distinguished for devotedness to the cause of religion and of Christian philanthropy, has made the following remark :
“The readiness with which Dr. Waugh lent his name to the cases of country ministers who came up to London to beg for money to assist in raising chapels, has been adduced against him as a proof of his ignorance of human nature. If the men recommended by him had often turned out to be impostors, there might be some justice in the charge; but this will scarcely be alleged : and if his name was more frequently employed than that of others to sanction such applications, the fact is only an additional evidence of the fervency of his Christian benevolence,-a fervency which was not to be quenched by the doubts, and
discouragements, and disappointments, that too frequently freeze into cautious coldness the kindly ardour even of good men, as life advances, and experience of human frailty and unworthiness accumulates."
Of the wealthy whose bounty he sometimes solicited for the poor or the unfortunate, we cannot but specify the late Bishop of Durham, whose vast income was made the instrument of a most liberal and judicious charity, and who, scorning the bigotry that would limit its alms to the pale of his own church, sympathised with the hardships of his dissenting brethren, and opened his hand frequently for their relief. Were the vast emoluments of the establishment thus generally occupied, they would be marked not with envy, but with admiration. While some of the dignitaries of that church will be celebrated for the depth and extent of their learning, and others for the power of their eloquence, Bishop Barrington will have his memorial in the pious institutions which he founded or patronised, and in the dwellings which his bounty filled with comfort and with hope.
If the introduction of the names or of the works of his ministerial friends to the notice of the public was likely to be useful to them, Dr. Waugh was most ready to present them with all their claims to respect and kindness. If by their death, any of their families were left in necessitous circumstances, he exerted himself to obtain relief; and the funds of the “Evangelical Magazine,” as has been already noticed, were directed by him to
this object. If he could assist his friends in obtaining the countenance of people of wealth or power to any plan which they were anxious to further, he spared neither toil nor solicitation for the purpose. We give, as an instance of this, a letter to the Rev. John Brown of Whitburn, a friend very zealous in doing good; and it will shew how ready he was to aid in every pious effort.
“ Salisbury Place, Feb. 3, 1814. “ My Dear BROTHER, “After recovery from a very severe cold, which affected my lungs, and produced a very obstinate cough, I sit down to form some sort of answer to the letter I have been favoured with since
you “I begin with Leighton's MSS. When I waited on Mr. Reid, in Pall Mall, he expressed great readiness to assist in the recovery of them, if at all possible; but he declared that he had no idea whatever of their being in his possession, nor could he give me any thread by which to find out the place of their concealment. I offered to pay any expense in making the necessary search, which he declined to listen to. I assured him that our object was not selfish ; but that if the valuable works of so eminent a divine could only be brought to light, our object would be completely gained. He readily gave us credit for the purity of our motives, and assured me, that if he should be so fortunate as to light on them, he would most cheerfully give them to us without any consideration whatever. Here, for the present, the matter must rest.
“ The next matter respects the Argyle Highlanders. Since your departure I have collected the following sums, which, on your application to Mr. Peddie, he will advance to you, as I have desired him to draw on me for the money.-[Here follow the names of several individuals
from whom he had collected subscriptions. ]-Had you yourself found it convenient to remain some time longer with us, and made the matter more extensively known from our pulpit, a larger sum than 81. might easily have been procured. May the Divine blessing accompany the mite, and reward you and your honoured associate in your labour of love!
“In regard, next, to the publication of Mr. Cudworth's MSS. I have read all the letters carefully over, and my opinion is, that the form of the publication might be, with considerable advantage, altered in the following manner: The view of appropriating faith given by Mr. Hervey, should, in the first place, be set very plainly and fully before the reader; then the objections of Mr. Sandiman to this view of faith should be fairly, and in all their force, stated, together with Mr. Sandiman's own notions of faith ; then, thirdly, the defence of Mr. Hervey's view, by Mr. Cudworth, should be brought forward, by throwing the contents of the letters and the notes into the shape of distinct arguments in support of the scriptural idea of saving faith ; and, lastly, my opinion is, that the Rev. Michael Gilfillan and the Rev. John Brown have ability, temper, and leisure, altogether ample and sufficient to do this, and that on their shoulders should the burden be laid. There is so much confusion at present in the letters and notes, and some mixture of his own spirit in Mr. Sandiman's answers, that in their present form I do not think the end you have in view could be gained.
" It is utterly impossible for me, in my present hampered and oppressed condition for time and labour, to prepare any thing for the ' Seceding Preacher. Mr. Evans has not said any thing to me about your worthy father's addresses. I much approve of your design. When the next edition of your Selection of Letters is in the press, if my name can be of any use, you are heartily welcome to it. Mr. Samuel Palmer died before I was able to attend, as I greatly wished to do, to all the excellent things you