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He meditated with much pleasure on the dealings of God wish him in his youth, in bringing him to an early knowledge of the gospel plan of salvation througb a divine Redeemer; particularly on the exercise of covenanting with God, in which exercise he was engaged during the space of about two weeks not long after he received the first manifestation of God's love to his soul, But he said, he feared that he fed too much on past ex. periences. His present exercises, however, were often very comfortable. On one of his wearisome nights, sitting in his chair, and not able to hold up his head without having it held up for him, "I have been sitting here," said he, "hanging down my head, and meditating upon these words:—When he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; and I trust I was brought to his banqueting house, and his banner over me was love." He dwelt much on the faithfulness of God. "He hath made with me ad everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure," was the theme of his soul. He would often add, “This is all
salvation and all my
desire."--About the last words he was heard to utter were, “Owhen shall I be free from sin and sorrow.', And on the 18th day of June, 1816, and in the 83rd year of his age, the weary wheels of life stood still at last.
The foregoing gives some imperfect account of the last days of this ancient and faithful servant of Jesus Christ, and of the exercises of his mind at a time wlien he had a clear, calm, and deliberate expectation every day of receiving the summons to appear before his Cre
ator. The relation is made from memory after his departure, but care has been taken to guard against any incorrect statement; of several who were with him great part of the time embraced in this narration, none have discovered any inaccuracies. It was rery desirable to preserve a more detailed account, by committing to writing his observations and remarks as they occurred. Something of this kind was attempted-but, his great distress requiring so interruptedly the attention of all about him, it was found it would be difficult, perhaps impracticable, to have effected it.
Could this have been done, such extracts might have been made as would have shown to the world an instance of age, under an enormous weight of distress, rising, by the supports of divine grace, superior to its infirmities and pains. It would be seen bow precious Jesus is to those who put their trust in him-it would be seen how rich a treasure the divine word is to those who thence deiluce the rules of their life, and all their hopes of comfort in time, of support in death, and of peace and joy in eternity-it would be seen that in his most distressing moments he often almost forgot bis pains while repeating over the precious promises of God's word, and commenting upon them with a perspicuity, diffusiveness, and pertinency, which was surprising to all who viewed his age, his weakness, and his sufferings
-that this exercise appeared to afford more relief than any thing else—it would be seen that “the kingdom of God is righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost”-it would be seen that there is a reality in reli. gion which is even tangible-.in fine, it would be seen
why he esteemed the reasons urged in his letters on the evidences of Christianity, as more convincing than all the arguments of the school-men. It was an every way interesting scene to those who witnessed it, and must have dissipated every sceptical doubt in the mind of any
who would draw near and take a close view of it.
“He is dead—he is, departed.” Shall we lament his his death? shall we weep over his urn? Shall not our tears at the same time be mingled with a mournful pleasure, that his warfare is accomplished--that he is free from sin and sorrow--that he is now in the full enjoyment of all the blessings of the everlasting covenant which were in reversion for him?
His was a long life of painful disinterested devoted. ness to the service of his generation. He was without cotemporaries; and remarked, when he heard of the death of the Rev. Mr. Sutton, whom he much respected, that he was now left without a cotemporary, but that it made not much difference, for he should soon follow, and did.*
In his official addresses he was tender, affectionate, and solemn. Having devoted himself to the service of the sanctuary, his was not a life of idleness. He ever considered that his duty as a preacher of the gospel was not confined to the pulpit-it was a maxini with him, that preaching, in ordinary cases, was not likely to be blessed, unless the hearer had been prepared by a previous course of catechetical instructions. To this
* At his birth the population of his country was half a million, at his death it was eight million,
duty he set himself as often as circumstances and the state of society would permit. It was his custom before, and some years after he removed to Kentucky, to divide his church into two catechetical districts, for the convenience of collecting the children, and to attend each at stated times when not interrupted by other duties.
These pious labours were not confined to his own immediate charge, but were frequently extended to vacant churches, as often as he could avail himself of a suitable person to act as catechist under his superintendence; and in such cases he recommended, as the best preservative against disputation with any of the catechumens, to close the exercises of the day with a serious address, suited to the occasion, and by prayer.
The happy effects of this course he witnessed in the great improvement in religious knowledge, and an increased attention to public ordinances; and the neglect of it in this country he very much regretted. It was a common remark with him, “The people are starving the ministers, and the ministers are starving the people for
In dealing with those upder distress of soul, the way in which he had himself been brought eminently qualified him--and it was a duty which he always performed with sympathetic delight.
(In public he was faithful, in private he was exemplary.) In his commerce with mankind he was uprightin his domestic circle he moved with majestic evenness: perhaps the oldest of his children never saw him mania fèst irritation or passion in a single instance,
He was a tender, cordial, kind husband-an affectionate father, a bumane master. He knew well how to order his house-in administering religious instruction to his household, his manner was calculated to imprese the mind with the idea that the truths taught bore a relation to eternity. He knew how to command obedience without austerity. Never under the influence of a blind partiality, he was quick to discern the foibles of his own, and with steady hand corrected them.
In his neighbourhood he was always kind and oblig. ing. His conversation was seasoned with the precepts of wisdoin. In all his deportment he displayed the opnament of a meek and quiet spirit.
Much of his time was spent in prayer: hé delighted to draw'near to his heavenly Father, and hold converse with his God and Redeemer--and in his prayers he always bore the church on his heart. Kentucky! many tears bas he shed for you and your children.
The following is extracted from a letter of friendship of
one of his brethren in the ministry. "It is with pleasure. I embrace the opportunity now presented to communicate to you my impressions and reflections on visiting and viewing alone the grave of our reverend and dear father. I was struck with the simplicity and decency of the place, which seemed rather formed to excite serious pleasure than melancholy. The western breeze gave an undulatory motion to the pendent branches of the weeping willow which sha. ded the memorable spot that gives repose to that heart