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him. Now, good night, my beloved girl: every needful blessing be mingled in your cup! Ever and most affectionately yours.”
“ It is your heavenly Father who visits you. Be well assured, on his own testimony, that the visitation takes its origin in the same divine principle, under the impulse of which he sent his Son to die for you, - even the love of his heart; and that his object is to bring you nearer to himself, in your confidence, your affection, and your heavenly hopes. Pray, and pray earnestly, that the end may be gained ; then the spiritual advantage will be great, and all your own. Let there be cherished in your bosom no jealousies of his fatherly care of you. After the gift of his own Son for our redemption, it is our obstinacy of unbelief to doubt his love to us. In the dispensations of his providence, he consults not so much our present ease as our future good. Judge his operations, therefore, not by dim sense, but trust him for bis grace. Lean on his promises of pardon, holiness, and heaven, with unvarying reliance. Take comfort, not from the frames of your own mind, which are changeable as the atmosphere, but from the immutability of his love, the perfection of the atonement, and the faithfulness of his promises. His promises of pity, and kindness, and mercy, are the words of the God of truth. On this foundation all my own hopes are placed, and I would have my beloved daughter rear the structure of her heavenly expectations on the same basis.
“ Now, my dear child, I commend you to the melting sympathy of your divine Redeemer, to the succour of his grace, to the sanctifying and consoling energies of his holy and good Spirit; and remain, with growing love and tenderness, your most affectionate father.”
In another letter he says:
heaven, and his arm is strong as his heart is tender. Read the blessed Bible, especially the 3d chapter of John's Gospel, the 8th chapter of the Romans, the 12th chapter of the Hebrews, the 1st and 2d chapters of the Ephesians, the whole of the 1st Epistle of John, and the 7th chapter of the Revelations.
“Be much in prayer. The prayers of God's children are the delight of his heart. Pour out your feelings into his bosom, and he will raise your desires to that blessed world where he reigns in glory and in love: wait patiently on him for relief; he is best able to judge, and will not add a single moment more than is needful. Lean on him for time and eternity. Say, “The Lord shall choose for me the lot of my inheritance, the measure of my suffering, and the period of its termination. This will introduce composure into your mind, and brighten your prospect as to the future.”
In another letter he says:
“ The God you adore and love is the God of all comfort. There is consolation in his name: the Lord God, merciful and gracious. There is consolation in his heart : he delighteth in mercy. There is consolation in his promises : ‘I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.' And there is consolation in his chastisements : “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.'
“ To-morrow we meet to commemorate the love of our divine Redeemer in dying for us. Your place at your father's board will be empty ; but I hope your soul will enjoy fellowship with him, though not in our immediate company. To the good Shepherd, who laid down his life for the sheep, you have intrusted your soul : he will guide you by his word and spirit; when you wander, he will bring you back to himself; in weakness, he will revive and strengthen you ; he will be your defence in danger, he will make his pastures nutritive, and bring you home at
last to the heavenly fold : only cleave to him with all your heart, to his person, example, laws, and people, and ways.”
In the album of the same daughter he inserted the following sentiments; which may serve to shew with what passages such records might be beneficially adorned, and that they ought not to be altogether devoted to mere flights of imagination, or degraded by the compliments of flattery.
“ The fear of God is the foundation of all respectability of character,—the genuine source of true happiness. It will preserve the young mind in purity and peace amid the fascination of fashionable and depraved society. It will form the heart to every thing connected with dignity of moral principle, and the condescension of humble and active goodness. Like the star of the morning, mild, and gentle, and full of life, it will usher in a day of celestial blessedness, without a cloud, and without a close : it will open, in the character and promises of its object, springs of consolation, which the summer's heat cannot exhaust, nor the frost of winter seal up; it will strengthen the mind under the feebleness of age, and cheer the heart when the light of day recedes to return no more; it is the safe guide of inexperienced youth; it is the pilgrim's staff, and forms the brightest jewel that irradiates the martyr's crown; it is the gift of the Spirit, and includes all those religious excellencies, of confidence in the faithfulness of God, veneration of his sanctity, gratitude for his love in redemption, fear of offending him, and hope of the blessedness destined for the righteous, which it is the province of the Holy Ghost to create, strengthen, regulate, and mature, in the regenerate man. Blessed is the man or woman who feareth the Lord : blessed in life, more blessed in death, and, most of all, blessed after death, in the full possession of the future dignity, sanctity, and felicity of their redeemed nature. Such blessedness may my beloved daughter possess, through the tender mercy of God her Saviour !"
We shall now subjoin a few extracts from Dr. Waugh's letters to other members of his family, which shew how acutely his heart sympathised in the illness of this beloved child.
“ Poor Jeane's account of her cough has much depressed my spirits. I fear that her visit to Brighton has failed in producing the good I had fondly expected. But let us trust in the Lord's tender mercy and grace, that our earnest prayers will be heard, and our beloved child preserved to close our eyes in peace. I hope her soul is suitably exercised under the lengthened visitation, that his fatherly chastisements will produce the fruits of holy submission to, and unshaken dependence on God, and thus prepare her soul for the heavenly world, when He shall call her to it, whether in youth or old age. Good Mr. Broadfoot offered up most affectionate prayers last night in the congregation for her recovery, in which, I am sure, all that knew her very cordially united. Love the tenderest to her.
“ You must not be hurt, my dearest wife, at my sending the pheasants. I could no more eat them, in the present state of yourself and our dear invalid, than I could eat granite. She must continue to look up to the great Physician, and to feel calm and entire submission to his holy and gracious arrangements. Let us ourselves, my love, bear her on our hearts before the throne of grace, and, in the exercise of the warmest natural affection, urge her recovery on the heart of our Father and our God. Read the blessed word of God, the spring of all our comfort, to her. My poor enfeebled mind can ill bear the renewed pressure that lies upon it. I desire to lean on a stronger arm than my own.
• “7 o'clock, Friday morning.- I embrace this early moment to implore Heaven's richest blessings on yourself and our dear sufferer. My heart grows cold when I look forward. Happy for us if we could live more by faith in God's wise, holy, and good government of all our concerns, leaving every thing to his arrangement. Tenderest love to Jeane, and all that live round about your heart.
“ My heart failed me as I read, in — 's letter, that our dear Jeane was losing strength, and that the fever had returned. I long to be at her side, and I bless God there is no reason for my tarrying here longer than the end of the month. Besides being with my dear Jeane, I am very deeply anxious to be with you, my dearest wife, in your dark and solitary hours, and to suggest to your mind the consolation it requires. * * * Oh, how I long to be with you ! my spirits sink within me in looking forward. In my letters I would divert your minds ; but when alone I feel quite unnerved and weakness itself. Your brother, as always, is every thing that is kind and generous; but, I know not why, that very kindness unnerves me.”
We feel that no apology will be required by the reader for the following short sketch of the illness and death of this member of Dr. Waugh's family. The design is not to eulogise her character; for, from such a tribute, however merited in the estimation of all who knew the departed, her modest spirit would have shrunk with trembling and fear. The intention of the writer is to exhibit the peculiar kindness of God to the children of the good, who tread in their steps,—to shew the happy influence of a father's piety, and the faithfulness of God in his answers vouchsafed to such a parent's prayers.
Her health had been declining, and symptoms of diseased lungs had manifested themselves, many years before the death of her father; but it was not