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at the foot of the throne). Mr. Young, Mr. Gillon, besides Mr. Broadfoot, on the fast evening; but we hope for assistance from One worth them all a thousand times told. We have been anxiously looking, since the wind shifted, for the arrival of our dear wandering children from Madeira ; and hope, that by the will of God a prosperous journey has been given them, and we anticipate the delight which their parental hearts will receive on meeting their beloved children in high health and spirits.
“At length the Sermons are printed. The paper and print are beautiful, but the volume is not so large as I expected. We could not express our gratitude to our dear friends the subscribers, by publishing their names, as we had not gotten the returns from Scotland, and were afraid lest any in consequence should think themselves neglected. We have only now to lift up our eyes to Heaven, that God may be graciously pleased to accept the oblation which we lay upon his altar, and make the perusal of the pages subservient, in some small degree, to the best interests of our numerous and kind friends.
“ Thomas and William's boys are come home; and I expect a general assembly of juveniles at Salisbury Place on Thursday.
“I was pleading the cause of the Scottish Missionary Society, in Keppel Street, on Sabbath morning; and the good people gave me 171., and with so much grace and good-will, as made it worth more than seven times the value. Bid Mr. Bulmer tell the Presbytery that I have got more than 901. for that institution since the deputation left us, and have two fields yet to reap; and that I hope our friends on the south side of Lammermuir Hills will open their arms to receive our deputation, which will be with him soon. Bid him add, that nothing in my power shall be wanting to strengthen and give perpetuity to the union of the two ends of the island in the sacred cause. If my health would admit of it, old and feeble as I am, I would set off to the land of my fathers, and clap
the rowel in the side of every holy man to whom I should have access.
“I have the prospect of spending the week after next at Windsor ; and if I could get even minor prophets to supply my pulpit, I would lengthen out my stay to a fortnight; but at this season, every man and mother's son who hangs a bit of cambric about his neck, and can spare ten sovereigns, is away to the sea - side, and the town becomes sadly impoverished.
“ Now, when a man has no more to say, he usually concludes; and I have only to add, what you already very well know, that with tender sympathy to your dear brother, fervent prayers for his recovery, and affectionate regards to yourself, I ever am your most faithful friend and father.
“P.S. July 1.–A divine sermon from Mr. Hall on the evidence of Christianity from the miracles of its Author and his apostles; collection 2001. I got 501. at the fag end of the day. I am not surprised at your worthy minister's attachment to that great and good man. It is only once in a hundred years that Providence sends down such men to our dark and dead world.-- I am longing to hear from you. Honey squeezed from the comb is not the sweetest.”
“ July 8th, 1825. “ The sad anniversary of Alexander's departure draws near. The day of my departure also draws near. May I be enabled, by the aid of God's good Spirit, to exemplify the trust, the fortitude, the heavenly hope, which dignified, enlightened, and cheered the dark period of his long and severe suffering! I feel my animal spirits often sinking under bodily debility, and the animal frame insensibly throws its influence over the mind. - Happy for us when we can live by faith on something out of ourselves,—the finished work of Christ, and the sure promises of God. Frames vary and change, but the foundation of the hope of a sinking world remains immovable and sure; on this foundation let us build, in the calmest and gravest exercise of our minds, our entire confidence, and leave the disposal of life and death to our Father and our God.”
“ Windsor, July 12th, 1825. “ My dear Daughter, “ John, I hope, has given you a suitable castigation, according to the solemn charge I gave him in my last, for the very sinful frame of your mind, which led you to the exercise of surprise on account of the frequency of my letters to you. In the faith of this, I will accept of the atonement you have made, and proceed to employ half an hour before Mrs. —- takes me in her chaise to visit the oaks and deer of the imperial forest.
“ In the first place, then, I left your dear mother yesterday morning in good health. She was glad to get quit of me, as she expects the whitewashers to purify and adorn the house; and, on such occasions, I find that I am always in the way.
“ In the second place, I arrived at this hospitable house last night; and though death has taken away from the family, since I was last here, two sisters in England, and a brother in India, and the family have been awfully alarmed by fire, from which their dear children were almost miraculously preserved, yet their minds are wonderfully composed, and really cheerful. They cherish just views of the holiness, the sovereignty, the goodness, and wisdom of God's covenanted providence, and these views tranquillise their pious minds. When I arrived, I found it was the prayer-meeting night; and after tea I accompanied the family to the chapel, where Mr. R., in his usual tone of Windsor Episcopal authority, forced me, with all my fatigue and confusion upon my head, into the desk. But he is so good, and has been so kind a man, that I could not refuse. I expect to have the gratification of preaching for him on Thursday evening.
“ In the third place, you will see by the steadiness of my writing, how much the air of Windsor has already improved my nerves; and there are few places, in England at least, of which the wild and classical witchery enlivens so much my animal spirits as this, though death has caused many a blank, both among the hospitable friends who resided here forty years ago, and among the ministers who were occasionally my associates in the neighbourhood. The good old king, also, lies in darkness and silence in the sepulchre which he had prepared ; and more precious dust monumental marble never enclosed.
“ In the fourth place, my blood seems to be in a very depraved state; and Dr. Darling thinks that two months at Harrowgate Spa would lessen, if not completely remove the disorder. As uncle is a very pleasant man to travel with, and, in these bad times, a very convenient treasurer; and as the waters may be of use to him and your aunt, I am thinking of allowing them, and your mother, of course, as my nurse, to accompany me. He does not, however, seem to relish much the steam-boat to Hull. We may, however, give up that luxury, and submit to travel by land. After all, we are only talking about it as yet. Your brother — is speaking of visiting France. I shall, for many reasons, be sorry if he does, as France, under this burning sun, is not the likeliest place for invigorating his constitution; and the frivolities, to say the least, of French manners, I think can have no attractions for his mind. I would rather he followed in your route, over the hills and on the lakes of our beloved country.
“Now I hear the town clock announcing high noon, and I must, like a faithful and honourable squire, attend my lady on her airings.”
The following letter to one of his daughters on her birth-day, shews the winning mode by which he ever strove to allure the affections of his children to “ brighter worlds:"
“My dear Child, “ Most sincerely do I bless God, and congratulate you on his fatherly care of you till you have seen two-andtwenty opening springs. While growing years bring materials of devout gratitude to your heart, I trust they will see that heart keeping pace in every lovely and pious temper. In order to this, plead the promises of religious growth, Isaiah, xliv. 3—6; Hosea, xiv. 5–8; Zech. x. 12; John, xv. 2; Phil. i. 6. Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life. Leave the things that are behind, and urge your way onward to higher measures of kuowledge, faith in Christ Jesus, love to his laws, and hope in his mercy. Beware of declension, especially in the unseen exercises of religion, and of every thing that leads to indifference about vilal Christianity.
“ You must not measure the amount of my unvarying concern for your happiness by either the frequency or the length of my letters to you. These often depend on things over which I have no power. Continue to furnish your mind with useful knowledge, and look up to God to beautify that furniture with the graces of true piety and Christian morals; and you will fill a large portion, and an elevated one, of my heart. These are the true excellencies of our nature, and will retain their worth when form and fortune leave that nature. I take you to my bosom, and, looking up to Heaven, implore its richest blessings on you, equally as on the head and heart of, my beloved child, your affectionate father.”
Dr. Waugh lived to see his sons fixed in respectable stations in the world ; and it had been his object, in preparing them for eternity, to qualify them also for honourable and useful conduct in the affairs of this life. He inculcated that fear of God, that justice and benevolence, which