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public; only that he laboured in the ministry to the great satisfaction and edification of that people, and that he gained the affections both of his own congregation and others, by his instructive and judicious discourses, his kind and obliging disposition, and his uniformly pious deportment.”

After his translation to Wells Street, through the grace given him, he laboured with bigh respectability, and, from the superior opportunities he enjoyed, added greatly to his acquirements. To other useful subjects he occasionally turned his attention, but sacred literature was his great delight, and he often perused the oracles of God in the original languages in which they were written. He was diligent in preparation for the pulpit, exemplary in his attention to the duties of visitation from house to house, and never a stranger to his people in the day of distress.

During some of his latter years he pursued his studies and exercised his ministry under the disadvantage of a weak and sickly constitution. In October 1773, over exerting himself in preaching at the Lord's Supper, his complaints returned in the following winter, and at last issued in his death.

“ For some weeks, or rather months, before his departure,” says one of his attendants, “ he talked of death with as much serenity as any one could do of going to sleep. He could take a long and formal farewell of every one that was dear to him; he was able to do this with a resigned, easy, and calm spirit, which was calculated to soothe the distress of mourning survivors." Near his end, when some, sensible of the great loss the church of Christ would sustain by his removal, were weeping around him, he said, with truly dignified Christian composure: “ I go to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God. This God will give you another pastor, who shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” He also addressed them nearly in these words of his Lord and Master: “If ye loved me, ye would not weep because I said, I go to the Father.” Soon after, he fell asleep in Jesus, May 6, 1778, in the fortysecond year of his age, and nineteenth of his ministry, and was interred in Bunhill Fields' buryingground. It may be interesting to add, that, after a lapse of forty-nine years, the same grave received the mortal remains of his successor. .

His knowledge was truly extensive, and he thought with uncommon accuracy and precision. His public discourses were well adapted for informing the judgment and warming the heart. To the Presbyterian form of church government he was firmly attached, from a conviction that it is the form laid down in the New Testament. In conversation he was easy, instructive, and entertaining. In the parlour he used to descant upon Gospel truths in a distinct, engaging, and pleasant manner. He never spent his time in empty, foolish talking, much less in making reflections injurious to the reputation of others; but in every company it seemed to be his aim either to do good, or get good, or both. The benevolence of his disposition led him to attend to those minute offices of kindness which are so necessary to

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smooth the intercourse of mankind with each other, and have so great an influence on general happiness. His pleasing, generous, and very acceptable attentions were not soon forgotten by those who were the objects of them. He was much in the devout exercises of prayer and praise, giving vent to the grateful emotions of a feeling heart; and used, even in the solitude of the closet, to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.

He published several valuable works : “A Treatise on the Government of the Christian Church,” and another on “ Church Fellowship;” two volumes on “ Gospel Worship ;” and two sermons, which he entitles “Grace and Holiness.” He also left a small work “ On the Faith and Influence of the Gospel,” in a state of preparation for the press, which was published many years ago. To these may be added a small collection of his letters, which has been very recently edited by one of his surviving friends, who has prefixed to it a short memoir, from which we have extracted the above notices respecting this truly excellent man.

Mr. Waugh, after his arrival in London, continued to supply Wells Street congregation for about ten Sabbaths, and met with a most cordial reception from that pious and affectionate people. His public ministrations, and his private intercourse with the members, produced a very favourable and lasting impression; which afterwards displayed itself by their strenuous exertions to procure his stated services, in which they persevered, under great discouragement, till their efforts

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were ultimately crowned with success. The exemplary character of the congregation, the private worth of such of them as he was acquainted with, and the marked instances of kindness and regard which he received, produced a strong reciprocal affection in his mind. A wise and gracious Providence was thus silently opening his way to that bighly important scene of labour and usefulness to which the subsequent part of his life was devoted, and in which his great Master, at his coming, found him faithfully and zealously occupied.

It may here be remarked, that Mr. Waugh was, on many accounts, fitted to make a highly favourable impression upon the Scotch people in London ;-by his talents in the pulpit; the affectionate earnestness of his ministry, both on public and private occasions ; by his open generosity of disposition and pleasing urbanity of manners; and, more particularly, by the strong nationality of his character and feelings. This latter peculiarity was indeed fitted, in the most eminent degree, to awaken the dormant but deep-rooted sympathies of his countrymen ; and to it we may, without derogating from qualifications of a more consecrated character, fairly ascribe no slight portion both of his immediate acceptability and his ulterior usefulness : for (as will afterwards be apparent) the influence of his personal intercourse with his hearers was aided exceedingly by the fervour of his national sympathies, and by the tender, and touching, and pious associations which he possessed the happy art of awakening even in

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the most callous bosoms. The effect of this influence in keeping alive, in the heart of London, the most valuable features of the Scottish character, as manifested in the Wells Street congregation, ought not to be overlooked, though it would be premature here to dwell upon it.

On his return to Scotland, he was appointed to supply, on the first and second Sabbaths of November, the congregation of Bristo Street, Edinburgh, recently vacant in consequence of the death of the Rev. John Pattison, who was highly esteemed as an able and faithful minister of Christ, not only in his own congregation, but in every part of the church where he had occasion to labour. Here his ministrations were also highly acceptable, and a very considerable part of that large and respectable congregation felt warmly inclined to call him for their pastor. In the mean time a unanimous call was given to him by the congregation of Newtown, and sustained by the Presbytery at their meeting, December 21, 1779. This was a very small congregation, in the parish of Melrose, Roxburghshire, which had never enjoyed a stated ministry. Although such a situation possessed, for a person of his decidedly national and rural predilections, some peculiar allurements, and had, moreover, the advantage of fixing him in the near vicinity of his family connexions, and of the much-loved scenes of his early years, he yet appears to have hesitated not a little whether it would be prudent on his part to accept the charge.

One of his early associates, at this time, writing

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