Abbildungen der Seite

reason, and the flow of soul;' and yet innocent playfulness was not excluded. On one occasion, at Mr. Hardcastle's, (Hatcham House,) when dinner was announced, and the guests were taking their chairs (three of the senior ministers present being Dr. Bogue, Mr. - a clergyman, and Dr. Waugh), Mrs. Hardcastle had invited Dr. Bogue to the chair on her right. Dr. Bogue being engaged in conversation at the other end of the room, had not heard the first summons. Dr. Waugh facetiously observed to Dr. Bogue, as he passed to his chair, that “Independency was going to be elevated above Episcopacy and Presbytery. 'Restored, rather,' said Dr. Bogue, 'to its primitive condition; just as it was before the church degenerated.' • Come, come, take your chair,' said Dr. Waugh; "you are appointed to it by the highest civil authority in the room; and, with all your Independency, sir, you will conform, and accept the appointment.'”

With all his charity, he was an excellent judge of character. He knew the weak points of an individual, but he would not expose them. He saw the excellencies of his friends in a more vivid light than others; and he had the rare talent of drawing them out in the most creditable form, by turning the conversation to topics on which they were best qualified to shine, or to scenes in which they appeared to the greatest advantage.

“It was impossible,” says Dr. Philip, “ to have been in the company of Dr. Waugh, and not have felt an irresistible and all-subduing charm in his conversation, which instantly attracted you

[ocr errors]

to the man. I never met a man of genius who had been introduced to him, even though he had seen him but once, who did not, when his name was mentioned, recur to the interview with a glow of heartfelt delight. An illustration of this, furnished me at the Cape of Good Hope, suggests itself to my mind at the moment. Mr. F- , a gentleman of eminent talents and acquirements, in speaking of Dr. Waugh, remarked, —• I never saw that gentleman but once, and I shall never lose the impression wbich that interview made upon my mind. On delivering an introductory letter to him, which I had received from a mutual friend, his first question was, “Where do ye come frae, lad ?' I replied, like a Scotchman, in the same interrogative style, “D'ye ken Earlstoun and Leader Water ? • Ken Earlstoun and Leader Water!' be exclaimed, -'Ken Earlstoun and Leader Water! Oh! my dear laddie, the last time I was in Scotland, I went alone to the top of Earlstoun hill, and looked along the valley; and there wasna a bend o’ the water, nor a hillock, nor a grey stane, nor a cottage, nor a farm-onstead on Leader Water that I didna ken as weel as my ain hearth-stane. And I looked down the side o' Earlstoun hill, and I saw there a bit greensward enclosed wi' a grey stane dyke, and there wasna ane o' a' I had ance ken’d o' the inhabitants of that valley that wasna lying cauld there.'—While the above may furnish a slight specimen of Dr. Waugh’s conversation, no one not acquainted with him will be able to form an adequate idea of the impression such an address


must have made upon the mind of a young stranger, when aided by the force of circumstances, and the eloquence of the speaker's eye.”

“ In general society he was distinguished,” says one who knew him well, “ by an urbanity and kindliness which drew all hearts to him: he was the life of every company into which he came; not by forgetting the decorum due to the sacred office, but simply by the Christian amenity of his manners, by his frank and playful disposition, and by the condescending regard which he paid to the comfort and wishes, and even supposed feelings, of all around him. His nature and his principles alike taught him to be happy, and to make happy. He had his own personal trials, in addition to many fluctuations of religious experience; but a serene and cheerful light seemed ever to irradiate that open and generous countenance, which was but a faint index of a heart which had drunk deeply into that peace of God which passeth all understanding. And how much was there in his society to inform, to improve, and to leave an impression of the happiest order! His wit, his genius, his nationality, his general knowledge of men and things, were all consecrated to the good of those with whom he associated. There was a port and bearing about his mind which constituted him a master-spirit wherever he went; and yet all his intellectual qualities were so blended with the exercise of the heart, and with the lovely graces of Christianity, that every one who knew him was ready to claim him as a father and a friend.”

[ocr errors]

We shall close this account of his friendships by stating the interest he took in the widow of his predecessor. Some ministers are jealous of the fame of those who went before them, regard every eulogy of their talents and exertions as a disparagement of their own, and every thing done for the comfort of their families as an invasion of the funds which should be appropriated entirely to their own support: but so different was the conduct of Dr. Waugh, that he delighted to allude to the excellencies of the Rev. Archibald Hall, led his congregation to the comfortable support of his widow, during the many years that she survived him, and paid her every personal attention of respect and kindness. It was judged fit that there should be an annual collection for her benefit; and on these occasions he exhibited her claims to their kindness with much delicacy and tenderness. We are happy to lay before the reader an intimation which he wrote out for this collection, that it might be read by the minister who was to officiate for him during his illness. It is a well-merited tribute to the character of Mr. Hall, and a most touching statement of the claims of his widow.

“ Intimation has been already made that on this day the annual contribution will be made for the support of the aged widow of the former pastor of this church. Her husband's character as a faithful pastor and an able author is well known, and hath been long duly appreciated in the churches of the saints. He industriously employed the vigour of his faculties and the prime of

[ocr errors]

his days in forming and organising this congregation, which he cherished with a father's tenderness, and strengthened by an exemplary life and a triumphant death. His official situation put it out of his power to make any provision for the support of his widow. He left her behind him in the exercise of firm faith in the care of Providence, the love of relations, and the fostering liberality of the church. His confidence was not misplaced, since, during the long space of twoand-thirty years, (during which period she has undergone the sad privations of a husband's care, tenderness, and sympathy,) her trials have been alleviated by the kind counsels, and her wants supplied by the unwearied beneficence, of his beloved people.

“ The pressure of the times, with the growing wants and infirmities of age, approaching to fourscore, will be felt by good men, and by the considerate and humane of her own sex, as powerful inducements to swell the stream of their liberality, which may be never required again to nourish her withered vineyard. It is a work of goodness, your minister firmly believes, most acceptable to God, closely connected with your own individual felicity and fair character. The recollection will be pleasing on the bed of death ; and the kindness shewn to a disciple in her peculiar circumstances will be admitted in evidence of your faith in the divine Redeemer by himself on his tribunal, in the face of the assembled world.

“ These thoughts your minister affectionately submits to your consideration, more from a sense

« ZurückWeiter »