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voyage. He has travelled on the continent, and ascended the Cheviot of Geneva, and is well acquainted with Montgomery, the amiable author of The Wanderer of Switzerland.' Now you are interested in him.
“ Farewell! I shall bear you on my heart before the throne of Him who'sits king upon the floods,' and is the stranger's shield. Love to Mrs. — to your venerable
With some further letters of introduction to friends at the Cape, he again writes, on the eve of their embarkation :
“ Over the ankles in business of one kind and another, I have been able to scrawl only the enclosed notes. I greatly wish to take you by the hand before you go. I shall be all Monday at the Missionary Rooms, but will, if it be possible, see you somewhere before you sail, if you will only tell me where we can meet. Address a line to me at the Missionary Rooms. My kindest regards to Mrs. and your worthy father's fireside.
Ever and most truly yours.”
Nor was his interest in the welfare of his emigrant countrymen of that kind which evaporates in kindly expressions or ephemeral feeling. It followed them with undecaying affection in all the vicissitudes of their future fortunes, until his kind heart was cold in the grave. Another brief specimen or two will suffice to manifest the spirit and tenour of his subsequent correspondence with the individual of this party to whom circumstances had more especially attached him.
“ London, January 30, 1822. “ MY DEAR Friend, “ I have to thank you for both your letters,--especially
for the first, containing a sketch of your African Teviotdale. You can scarcely conceive, poetical as your imagination is, the delightful associations which your letter awakened in my mind. I feel a sort of sacred relationship engendered between your family and my own, and your own person one of the powerful cords that bind us together.
“I wrote to you on the 24th of April last by a Mr. --, a young man of colour, and a pious member of our church, who is gone out to settle in the vicinity of Cape Town. In regard to the provision of a minister, I am satisfied that your venerable father and yourself will suffer no suitable effort to remain unemployed to compass an object so closely allied to the best interests of your own minds, and to the peace, and prosperity, and permanent well-being of your settlement.* There are two young men, the Rev. Messrs. Brownlee and Thomson, who are settled, with Mr. Binnie, a catechist, as missionaries in Cafferland. I myself assisted in the ordination of Mr. Thomson. They are all men of great moral and religious worth ; and if within the range of your possible acquaintance, I greatly wish you to form an intimacy with them.
“ I have seen your brother twice, and am just going down to call on him this morning. I gave him a token to sit down at the Lord's table with us in the Rev. Mr. Broad foot's meeting-house last Lord's day week. He seems to be an intelligent, good man, and I hope will become a blessing to your settlement. If I find he tarries a few days longer, I will write again to you. Be sure to write soon; and if you need a further supply of Bibles or tracts, only let me know, and I will apply for them.
“ Farewell, my dear friend. My hand shakes so much that my writing has become scarcely legible. Present my kindest remembrances to your dear good wife, to your worthy father, and all under his roof-tree; and be well
* Now the parish of Glen-Lynden, under the pastoral care of the Rev. John Pears, a minister of the Scottish Church.
assured of the esteem and unceasing affection which I ever cherish for
To the same correspondent he writes, June 9, 1823:
“ Though I am reduced almost to exhaustion by a severe indisposition which has confined me for this month past, I cannot suffer your friend Mr. F- to escape without conveying to you by him the renewed expression of my affection and esteem, and of my earnest prayers for success to your honourable and beneficent pursuits. I cannot now enter into particulars; but with your own prudence and zeal, and with the wise counsels of our excellent and able friend
I have no doubt that you will become an honourable instrument in promoting the cause of useful science, and the diffusion of the light that came from heaven, in the rising colony of the Cape. If Providence shall raise me up again, any influence I can exert in furtherance of your objects, shall ever be at your disposal. I was in hopes of visiting the land of our fathers' sepulchres—the land of the brave and free'—and of feasting my eyes with a last look of your beloved old Cheviot Hills, - but this illness has prevented. Good is the will of the Lord !”
To a friend who had been ordained to the holy ministry he addressed the letter which follows. It is interesting, as it shews us the model on which he was labouring to form his own character and ministry. It is delightful to mark how, amidst the ardour of youth, his heart was alive to the light and patience of candour and charity. And thus it was to his last hour; for it was his darling principle to hope the best of others, and to seek the best for himself.
“ Dear Sir,
“London, Sept. 25, 1782.
“ The hurry in which I have been involved since I came to this place, is now over, and I sit down composedly and with pleasure to inquire after your health, and to express my concern for your welfare.
“You have this day been admitted to an office to which the example of God's only Son gave dignity, and which the sneer of infidelity can never degrade. Like Paul, may you obtain grace from the Lord to be faithful, and may you have in the evening of your life this for your rejoicing, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, and not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, you have had your conversation in the world! By this letter I give you the right hand of fellowship and the Christian's salutation. Are your preparations difficult for you? The best method of preparing for the pulpit that I have perused, you will find in Burnet's Pastoral Care,'-- a work of great value and importance to every divine. I trust that you will continue to regulate your discourses by the spirit of this truth : * The grace of God teacheth us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present evil world. And in regard to the manner of addressing the people, it were most devoutly to be wished that we could unite the dispassionate and sound reasoning of the divines of the Church of England with the evangelical turn and warmth of the Methodists: thereby we should affect both the head and the heart, and at the same time steer clear of the insipid coldness of a mathematical demonstration or logical division, and the froth of rant or declamation.
“ I was introduced of late to the amiable and reverend Mr. Erasmus Middleton, assistant to Mr. Romaine. He is a pious man, and most ardently concerned for the spread of the doctrines of grace. Boston, Erskine, and Hervey, have a chosen place in his library.
“I have nearly done with the visitation of my people,
and hope in a few weeks to partake of the Christian feast with them.
“When I had written thus far, I received your obliging letter. Think not that my friendship cools when my pen lies still. My heart is too much yours for distance of place or new society to cause the pulse of its kindness to languish. Your inquiries after my health are very affectionate. I sleep four nights in the week in the country, on the Camberwell Road, which; with the exercise of riding, will, under the Divine blessing, be the means of preserving this earthly fabric in some degree of vigour.
“It has pained me to learn the stories in circulation respecting — It is no honour to the human heart, that weaknesses, faults, and misfortunes, should meet with a more ready reception in our belief, and be propagated with more zeal, than any little good properties about us. Those who exult in a neighbour's wretchedness, should remember, that in adding affliction to the afflicted, they are not taking the likeliest method to raise our love or to provide for our sympathy towards themselves.
“ You are uneasy at the imprudences and teasing conduct of — ; but try to heap coals of fire on his head, and to overcome evil with good. Though you should be unsuccessful, which I hope you will not, you impart unspeakable peace to your own mind. Set Jesus Christ before your eyes, and say to yourself, How would he have behaved in such circumstances? He who was meek and lowly, and endured patiently the contradiction of sinners, the undermining of professed friends, and the treachery of him who sat at his table and bore his commission.
“ Farewell! Every gentle spirit be in your attendance ; the everlasting arms of the Almighty be ever underneath you, and the unerring eye of covenanted wisdom be your constant guide! Let us raise our disappointed thoughts from this false and vain world, where experience