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ister of the Scots Church, St. Mary's the sick. Truly it is a task of awful Abbey, Dublin.
responsibility! Let me never fail to The church formed at Highbury probe them to the bottom; let me take Grove, when our reverend friend took nothing for granted, merely on the it in charge, consisted of only twenty ground of their having attended a gosmembers; but such was the impression pel ministry. Sin is of a stupifying as made upon the minds and hearts of well as of a hardening nature. May I numerous hearers by the truly Scrip- always consider every one I visit as a tural, serious, earnest, and affectionate lost sinner; and never think of adstyle of his preaching, that considerable ministering the consolations of the gosaccessions were made to his little flock, pel, till I find them deeply convinced in a comparatively brief period. The of sin, and humbled before God on early proofs thus afforded him of the account of it, lest I foster the delusions Divine sanction and blessing greatly of hypocrisy. In prayer, I would never sustained and cheered him in his allude to them in flattering terms. work.
Teach me, O Lord! to avoid everything Both from his labours and his living, upon which a hypocrite, or formal proit was evident to all, that Mr. Lewis fessor, might lay hold !” sought only to approve himself the ser In the syear 1809, Mr. Lewis was vant of Christ. His ruling desire—the appointed one of the directors of the one great end for which he put forth all “ London Missionary Society ;” and on that was in him-was to exalt his the death of his much-esteemed and Lord, and to bring sinners to His cross, venerated friend, Dr. Waugh, succeeded that they might be saved. This was the to the office of chairman of the “Comsecret of his success; and his expe- mittee of Examination;" of which, in. rience bore striking testimony to the deed, he had been deputy-chairman for truth of his promise, which the Lord several years before. His attendance gave by his prophet, “Them that ho- at the Directory Board, and at the nour me I will honour.” In the pro- several committee-meetings, was consecution of his ministerial and pastoral stant and punctual. He never absented duties, he was indefatigable. He was himself, except when under affliction. ever at his post; for, whether in the To the service of the Missionary pulpit, or in the parlour, he was still Society, Mr. Lewis was warmly devoted; the Christian minister. Acting on the and ever ready, as often as his pastoral counsels of the apostle to Timothy, he duties permitted him, to render what“preached the gospel; was instant in ever help he was invited to give it. He season, out of season, reproving, re- accompanied the first deputation of that buking, exhorting with all long-suffering society to Bristol, with the Revs. Dr. and doctrine.”
Waugh, G. Burder, and G. Clayton; While in his pastoral visits he was and made one of a second deputation to systematically diligent, he was also a the same place with the Revs. M. Wilks, frequent attendant at the bed-side of the and Edward Parsons, of Leeds. Many sick and the dying, wherever he might preaching tours also did he make on be called. His conversation on these behalf of the Society; having travelled occasions was always suitable; always on that mission through the counties of faithful; in most cases, highly profit Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hants, &c. On able. He had a deep sense of the grave these occasions he appears to have been importance of his duties in this depart. instrumental in the conversion of not ment. Writing in his Diary on the a few who listened to his discourses subject of sick-bed visits, he says, “I from the pulpits he then happened to desire to be very particular in visiting | fill. A worthy and much beloved
minister, who had been a Missionary | one could mistake his eminent pru. abroad, and who subsequently laboured dence. This defended him from many extensively among the churches at dangers to which less cautious public home, has publicly and privately testi- characters are exposed. fied, that he hardly ever entered any “ He was always about his Father's county without meeting some indivi- business; and distinguished by a conduals who declared, that the preaching stant attention to his duties, which of Mr. Lewis had been the happy were very numerous, arising from his means of their first serious impressions, flock, his writings, the committees he and of their coming to Christ.
attended, and his various other labours. Of the character of our late friend, He condescended to men of low estate. much might be said, for he had many He had always a word, and a book, for excellences; but we must be brief. He the servant, as well as the mistress; the was well known among a large circle of child, as well as the parent. Kindness friends and acquaintances as a man of appears to have been the ruling prinmany virtues, and of each in the highest ciple of his mind. This was evident in style. His kindness, generosity, and his words, his acts; and the construction affability, were among his lesser attri- he put on the conduct of others. I butes. He was especially distinguished never heard a rash, or an uncharitable by the Christian graces of meekness, judgment, that I recollect, proceed lowliness, long-suffering, and charity from his lips. His whole spirit and Though he possessed not a powerful, conduct was a living illustration of the he had what was better, a pure mind. 13th chapter of the 1st Corinthians. He If he was not the great man, qualified delighted to praise; but seemed to to lead and command, he was the good shrink from the task of censuring. man, made for imitation. In manner It was his excellence as a good man and conversation he was peculiarly that constituted his great charm. He amiable. To all, he was courteous and was an eminent Christian. This imcondescending. In his friendships, he parted a peculiar beauty to the whole of was affectionate and faithful. He scru his character; and gave unity and power pulously regarded the feelings of others; to all his various qualifications for the and such was his command over his work of the Christian ministry. I never own, that he was rarely surprised into expect to meet with an individual posan angry expression.
sessing more qualifications for the But for the farther delineation of his effective service of a Christian church, character, we cannot, perhaps, do better than our beloved and lamented friend than let two of his ministerial brethren, and brother, Thomas Lewis.” who knew him well, speak of the im " He was,” says the other, pression it made on them.
character. His excellences were sym“ He was,” says the one,
“ distin- metrical. There was an adjustment guished by great method and order. and proportion in what he said and did. There was nothing like irregularity, or His countenance, his words, his head, eccentricity, in any of his movements. his heart, were in happy unison. Christ It was evident in his engagements, his shone in him; and he shone for Christ. studies, his sanctuary. The whole beau- Every one acquainted with him, and tifully manifested the spirit of order capable of appreciating real worth, which actuated the presiding mind. must have loved him; and with such
“ He was eminently of a meek and his memory will be fragrant.” quiet spirit. I never once saw his Our friend's last illness, an enlargemind ruffled by irritation. This was ment of the heart, proved a very proone great secret of his strength. No tracted aflliction. Many tedious months
did he snffer much from pain and general | tered in a new vault in Abney Park debility; but he was wonderfully sup- Cemetery, on the Saturday following. . ported. Not a murmur escaped his lips. The Rev. J. Watson, of Hackney, proHe reposed on the Divine love; and nounced the funeral oration, and the looked forward to his departure with a Rev. H. Allon spoke at the grave. On calm and settled assurance of his enter- the Sunday morning after, the Rev. Dr. ing the kingdom of his Lord and Sa- Leifchild preached the funeral sermon viour, Jesus Christ. This event took to a crowded and deeply attentive place on Sunday morning, the 29th audience, from which we hope to give February last. His remains were in- some extracts.
THE CLAIMS OF THE MISSIONARY ON THE SYMPATHY OF
A THOUGHT FOR THE MAY MEETINGS.
Whilst there is a class of feelings in pathy which extends as a universal printhe mind of man whose tendency is to ciple among all classes of men, frequently separate the human family into frag- / expends itself in a sigh, and contents ments, and to render each one forgetful itself with the contribution of a tear; of the joys and sorrows, the duties and but that which is demanded of Christians difficulties of others, the sentiment or in reference to “men that have hazarded principle of sympathy serves, in some their lives for the name of our Lord measure, to counteract this tendency, Jesus Christ,” must be distinguished by and to bind mankind together in the a living and practical activity. And exercise of mutual charity and good hence, whilst many, under the mere will. All men have more or less felt impulse of a common sympathy, may the power, and witnessed the effects, of shed the tear of pity, and experience this principle. It is scarcely possible, emotions of wonder and admiration indeed, without doing violence to our when they read of the privations, the common humanity, to conceive a man fortitude, the zeal, and the self-devotion so cold, or so petrified by selfishness, of the Christian Missionary, but do that he feels no emotion of sympathy nothing practical to aid bim in his when the tale of distress is unfolded, work,tho professed disciples of Christ and the weeping victim of misfortune are called upon to cherish towards those or oppression stands before him; and devoted men who have gone forth to when prosperity crowns the efforts of heathen lands to preach the gospel, not the diligent, and the sunshine of happi- merely feelings of compassion or adness surrounds the generous.
miration, which expend themselves in But whilst feelings of sympathy do, words, but a robust and deep-seated to a certain 'extent, lead all men to sympathy, that will embody itself in " rejoice with them that do rejoice, and earnest prayer and substantial effort. weep with them that weep,” Christians The man who quits his native land, are summoned to the highest exercise forsakes his kindred and friends, ana of such feelings in reference to those encounters perils by sea and land, that who, in the spirit of self-sacrifice and he may preach the gospel to the peholy zeal, have devoted themselves, for rishing heathen, possesses the highest tbe sake of Christ, to duties which are claims to a share in our best and holiest arduous, difficult, or dangerous. Thesym- sympathy. He deserves to be an object
of warmest feeling and distinctest our common nature, is moved by the remembrance with all who profess to presence of a man who forsakes his admire what is great, to love what is kindred and his home, not that he may disinterested, and to support what is gather riches, or aggrandize himself, good. But we cannot help fearing that but that he may “turn men from darkthis is not the case with multitudes in ness to light, and from the power of reference to the Christian Missionary Satan unto God.” He is looked upon If he is not altogether forgotten, he is with that interest which is uniformly not, it is to be feared, remembered with kindled by the sight of what is speedily that intense sympathy which is ani- to pass away, blended with emotions of mated and sustained by the principle of admiring wonder at the decision and love, and shown to be practical by the moral power that can subordinate all frequency of its exercise, and the abund. the softer feelings of our nature, toance of its fruits. He is, in too many gether with every desire of ease and instances, permitted to slide from our indulgence, to the demands of disinremembrance, and to lose that place interested compassion and holy enterour sympathies and prayers which prise. But it cannot be concealed that, peculiarly belongs to him. Distance notwithstanding the deep feeling and and lapse of time tend to throw an ob- admiring wonder of which the Christian scuring haze around him, and to strip Missionary is the object, when standing him of much of the interest and moral immediately before us, and appealing dignity which surrounded him at the directly to our sensibilities, his claims time when he parted from kindred and upon the living, active, practical symcountry, to go "far hence unto the pathy of his brethren and the churches Gentiles.” Besides, the duties and of our land are oftentimes overlooked claims connected with persons and and forgotten, when he has passed away things which appeal directly to us, and to the field of his labours, and the scene press immediately upon our notice, are of his conflicts and sufferings. The permitted oftentimes so entirely to en- departure of many a devoted Missionary gross the attention, and absorb the to the field of his future labours, has sympathies, that the distant but impera- not unfrequently a melancholy resemtive claims of the Christian Missionary blance to the casting of a stone into a are in danger of being overlooked and glassy, slumbering lake. The stone, as forgotten. He may be called upon to it falls, produces a transient stirring of struggle with difficulties-he may have the tranquil elcment, but the waters to encounter privations, or may sink speedily close in stillness over it, and unattended and alone amid the ravages that which ruffled their surface is for of disease, but this is unknown to the mul- gotten. In like manner the departure titude; and, hence, sympathy is permitted of the Christian Missionary to some to slumber when it might be intense in distant clime may awaken admiration, its exercise, and abundant in its fruits. and kindle sympathy; but too frequently,
When the Christian Missionary is on when the excitement produced by his the point of embarking for the distant parting appeals has subsided, his mefield of bis toils and conflicts, he ap-mory passes into forgetfulness, and the pears invested with special interest, sympathy that promised to engrave
his and awakens the deepest and holiest
name upon the heart, and to blend it in sympathies of our nature in every as- every prayer that is offered to God, sembly where he avows his intentions sinks into cold and glassy stillness, conand pleads his cause. Every heart that cealing, rather than pleading, the claims is susceptible of impression, and has of the man who has gone "far hence not learned to silence the dictates of l unto the Gentiles."
voice of age.
But admitting, as we must do, that for his success ascends from the lisping forgetfulness of the Christian Mission- tongue of childhood, and the trembling ary, who has gone to "the high places of the field,” is too frequent among All this is just as it should be. Anymultitudes who profess to serve the thing short of it would imply a degree Lord of Missions, we must not only of stolidness and insensibility disholament it as a defect, but pronounce it nourable to our common nature. It is a grievous dereliction of principle, that right that the navigator, the traveller, men, who leave their native land on an and the soldier, when engaged in a enterprise intimately connected with righteous struggle, should be surthe glory of God and the highest in-rounded and sustained by the sympa. terests of mankind, should share but thies of their fellow-men. We only scantily in the sympathy of their fellow- lament that the Christian Missionary is Christians, when other men, going forth not uniformly the object of that wideon a merely human enterprise, neces- spread and effective sympathy which sarily inferior in its nature, and tran- properly belongs to him ; — we only sient in its results, are held up and maintain that, distinguished as the remembered as objects of deep and uni- merits, and important as the enterprise, versal sympathy. When the navigator of the navigator, the traveller, or the has devoted himself to the task of dis- soldier may be, the merits of the Chriscovering some continent or island tian Missionary are superior, the hitherto unknown, or of forcing his way enterprise in which he is engaged is through some strait that has baffled all of a higher order, and his claims former attempts, all who take an in on the sympathy of his fellow-men terest in the objects and issues of his more imperative;— we only venture enterprise feel deep sympathy with him, to affirm that in partially or entirely not merely at the time of his departure, forgetting "men who have hazarded but until he returns to tell of his failure their lives for the name of our Lord or success. They never cease to admire Jesus Christ,” and who evince at once his courage and self-denial; they form the courage of the soldier, the charity a thousand conjectures as to his safety, of the philanthropist, and the fortitude progress, and ultimate triumph, and of the martyr, Christians belie their are ready to peruse with the deepest professions, and overlook the bonds and interest every despatch or communica- brotherhood of the gospel. tion that relates to himself and the ob Let us reflect for a moment on the jects of his enterprise. When the tra- privations, difficulties, and trials of the veller has gone to a distant clime to Christian Missionary, and every heart explore the source of some river, or the that is not a stranger to all the better interior of some continent, all who feel and gentler feelings of humanity-not to an interest in the geography and phy- speak of the principles of the gospelsical history of our globe are not forget-must admit that his claims on our symful of the man who has left his home, pathy are of the highest order.
He and is prepared to encounter perils and quits the land of his birth, where the privations, for the purpose of extending dream of childhood threw its bright the empire of science, and accelerating visions upon his spirit; where the the progress of civilisation. And when friends of his youth still dwell; where the soldier has departed for the scene the graves of his kindred and the homes of a conflict, on the issue of which the of his fathers are to be found; where safety or overthrow of his country is the temples of his God, and the shrines dependent, every heart beats with feel of his earliest piety, are left behind. ings of intensest sympathy, and prayer | Ho embarks on the deep to encounter