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these papers feels it alike his privilege as his duty to record his personal obligations to several excellent ministers of the Independent communion, who, in evidence of the sincerity of that respect and love which they professed to the subject of this memoir while he lived, have strenuously laboured, by their valuable communications, to embalm his memory when he is no more. Amidst the mournful bereavements of revered relatives and beloved friends, with whom we took sweet counsel and went to the house of God in company, let us look upward to the abodes of everlasting light, and purity, and love, into which they have entered; and let us cherish the heartgladdening anticipation, that we too, through the blood of the Lamb, shall make our escape from all the ills and sorrows of this chequered life, and ascend to the presence of their Father and our Father, of their God and our God.
“ Sad pilgrim of Zion, though chastened awhile
Through this dark vale of tears, Hope still bids thee smile:
“ No tear of repentance, nor wave of the storm,
Not a cloud shall e'er darken the light of that morn,
DR. WAUGH'S CONNEXION WITH PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS.
Remarks on associations for the spread of the Gospel. Dr.
Bogue's appeal. Co-operation of Dr. Waugh in establishing the London Missionary Society. His sermon on the second anniversary of that institution. Notices of its proceedings, from his correspondence. Journal of his tour to Paris in 1802. Missionary tours to various parts of England and Ireland ; letters. Interview with the Synod of Ulster. Letters from Rev. Dr. Baird. Tours in Scotland in 1815 and 1819; letters. Circular letter to brethren in Scotland. Addresses to Missionaries. Sketch of his character as a director and associate labourer of the Missionary Society. Connexion with the British and Foreign Bible Society. Speech at the formation of an auxiliary association. His support of the Scottish Hospital, and of other philanthropic and charitable institutions. Anecdotes.
It has been justly observed by Mr. Douglas, on voluntary associations of good men for advancing the kingdom of Christ, “ That there is no object to which this power cannot adapt itself, no resources which it may not ultimately command; and that a few individuals, if the public mind be gradually prepared to favour them, can lay the foundations of undertakings which would have bafied the might of those who reared the Pyramids." “ The times” of the subject of this memoir are intimately connected with the great transactions of the last forty years, -a period in which the power of voluntary associations for promoting the kingdom of Christ has been remarkably exemplified, and carried to a higher pitch, and applied to more important objects, than had ever been contemplated at any former period. This power has produced effects which, while they astonish the mind, prepare it for greater things to come.
The revival of religion in England in the early part of last century commenced among ministers and members of the Episcopal Church ; a powerful “ shaking among the dry bones” having been occasioned by the zealous labours of Whitfield, Wesley, Romaine, Hervey, Toplady, and their associates, whose preaching and writings have been followed by most important and beneficial effects on multitudes of the clergy and laity, both in and out of the establishment. About forty years ago, the evangelical Dissenters began to form voluntary associations for spreading the Gospel in almost every county of England; and about the same time, the institution of Sunday schools, at once simple and original, united good men of all denominations in those exertions for promoting education among the poor, which have been followed with such blessed consequences to their best and highest interests. In the year 1793, a body of Christian ministers, composed of Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Baptists, Independents, and Methodists of Mr. Whitfield's connexion, without compromising their peculiar principles, formed themselves into an association as directors of a religious periodical publication for the advancement of those scriptural truths which they all cordially believed. In the “ Evangelical Magazine,” thus constituted, Mr. Waugh took an early and a deep interest, and contributed to it many valuable papers. This work, which from its commencement excited a very considerable degree of interest, had scarcely existed a year, when one of its original supporters, the late Rev. Dr. Bogue, of Gosport, by an essay published in September 1794, made a most energetic appeal, especially to the evangelical Dissenters, in behalf of those idolatrous and perishing heathen nations who were living without God and without hope. The following paragraph will serve to shew the forcible language in which this appeal was made :
“ Ye were once Pagans, living in cruel and abominable idolatry. The servants of Jesus came from other lands and preached his Gospel unto you: hence your knowledge of salvation. And ought not ye, as an equitable compensation for their kindness, to send messengers to the nations which are in like condition to yourselves of old, to entreat them that they turn from dumb idols to serve the living God, and to wait for his Son from heaven? Verily their debtors ye are. But it may be asked, why are we in particular called on to exert ourselves in this work? Will it satisfy you, if I answer that I am one of you, and think myself on this account obliged to speak more immediately to you? A connexion with a society or denomination of Christians should certainly influence us to seek the welfare of that society,
and authorise us to invite its members to discharge the duties incumbent on them. Besides, all other bodies of professing Christians have done, and are doing, something for the conversion of the heathen. The labours of the Church of Rome have been far more abundant than those of all other sects whatever: O that they had conveyed Christianity pure to the blinded Pagans! The Church of England has a society of considerable standing for the propagation of the Gospel. The Kirk of Scotland supports a similar institution. The Moravian brethren have, if we consider their numbers and their substance, excelled in this respect the whole Christian world. Of late, the Methodists have exerted themselves with commendable zeal. An association is just formed by the Baptists for this benevolent purpose, and their first missionaries have already entered on the work. We alone are idle. There is not a body of Christians in the country, except ourselves, but have put their hand to the plough. We alone, and it must be spoken to our shame, have not sent messengers to the heathen to proclaim the riches of redeeming love. It is surely full time that we had begun. We are able. Our number is great. . The wealth of many thousands of individuals is considerable. I am confident that very many among us are willing, nay desirous, to see such a work set on foot, and will contribute liberally of their substance for its support. Nothing is wanting but for some persons to stand forward and to begin.”
This very spirited address, and another pub