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rious duty, could ever have drawn him out of it. Happy in the affections of a beloved congregation, amongst whom he enjoyed alternately the advantages of retirement and public usefulness--no inferior considerations could have induced him to desire a change. In retirement he possessed a tranquility, little known in the miscellaneous throngs of populous cities, which he would not have bartered for the most splendid encomiums in the roll of fame. Rather avoiding than courting public notice, he never sought, nor willingly consented that his friends should seek for him, a more conspicuous station than the one he occupied. In retirement he indulged his taste for elegant literature on every subject: But through his whole twenty-one years residence in this place, his attention was principally directed to the sacred Scriptures-He read them diligently in the originals, and in the several languages into which they had been translated: collected and compared the various readings from many authorities, and had it in design, bad life been spared, to have digested his remarks, and arranged them in an order which would have rendered them useful to posterity. But infinite wisdom determined otherwise : An afflictive providence, in the death of a most amiable, excellent, and dutiful daughter, an only child, accelerated an event, which frequent attacks of sickness on a constitution already almost exhausted, must soon have brought to pass. He bore the affliction with exemplary resignation; and while he felt with sensibility, he blessed the hand that inflicted the stroke. In religion he found resources sufficient to support his spirit, but not sufficient to fortify his enfeebled frame against the power of disease. In calm submission to the paternal will of God, he met the King of Terrors with the composure and the magnanimity of a Christian, and sweetly resigned his soul into the arms of the Saviour, in whom he had long placed an unwavering confidence.
Dr. M.Calla was in person a graceful figure; polite, easy, and engaging in his manners; entertaining and improving in conversation; of a lively fancy and a generous heart; of unfettered liberality, and undissembling candor. He was easy of access, a friend to human nature, but peculiariy attached to men of science and religion.
With powers of mind equal to his piety and benevolence, he justly held a conspicuous place in the foremost ranks of eminent and good men. He was a profound scholar, combining the wisdom of antiquity with the refinement of modern literature. In biblical learning, criticism, and sacred history, he was exceeded by none.
As a divine, his theological opinions were founded solely on the authority of the Scriptures: and without servile attachment to party distinctions of any name, he professed himself a moderate Calvinist.
On the subject of church government, he was liberal, but thought the popular plan of congregational churches the most consonant to apostolic and primitive practice, and best adapted to promote the interests of piety and religion.
As a preacher, the elegance of his manner, the perspicuity of his style, the abundant variety of his information, enforced by a manly and almost unrivalled eloquence, at once charmed, convinced, and instructed. The subjects of his pulpit addresses, never uninteresting, seldom speculative, were always calculated to inform the understanding and improve the heart. To have been languid or unbenefited under his ordinary preaching, would have evinced great insensibility, or great deprayity.
As a teacher of youth, he had a peculiar facility of communicating the knowlege with which he was so copiously endowed, and the peculiar happiness of commanding obedience and respect without severity or hauteur.
As a man of piety and virtue, with as few infirmities as usually fall to the lot of good men in the present world, his example in every department of life was worthy of imitation, and displayed a rectitude of mind which could only result from perfect integrity of principle.
His loss to the church, to the partner of his life, to his friends, and his country, is unspeakable: “ Well done, good and faithful servant;" and a mansion in heaven are his reward.
Thus, Brethren, we have endeavored to perform the duty of affection and respect to the memory of a truly good man. The virtues of his inestimable character will long be retained in your recollection. It remains that we consider our privation of him with a more immediate view to our own improvement. By his death the care of this
art of the vineyard of God has devolved more particularly upon yourselves. It has long been distinguished by a succession of faithful, able ministers of Christ, who have labored effectually in word and doctrine, and broken the bread of life to many who now are the crown of their rejoicing in the kingdom of God. To manage the present interests of the church, to provide for its future instruction, and to maintain the cause of God and religion, is now committed to you. Whether the rising generation shall grow up in the enjoyment of gospel privileges; whether this favored vine planted and nurtured by the hand of God, shall hereafter grow and flourish, depends much upon your faithful attention to this stewartship.
The duty is arduous indeed; but it is equally interesting and important; it is equally honorable and generous. Your reward will, in many respects, spring out of the performance of it. You will see yourselves instruments in the hand of God of promoting the best interests of society. Many, who otherwise might have been left in darkness, may, by your means, be introduced to an acquaintance with the truth that accompanies salvation. The life and power of religion will be thus likely long to be preserved amongst you: the order and decorum of good goverment will prevail in your families, the benefit of your efforts will descend to posterity, and improving the gospel yourselves you will at length be admitted to your final reward in a state of glory and immortality.
To the immediate relatives of the deceased, permit me to say, we, my friends, have sustained an irreparable loss. Persons in more distant connection will regret the removal of a man of real merit and usefulness in society: from us, he is withdrawn from our domestic circles, and subtracted from those sweet associations of which he was so essential, so ornamental, and so improving a member. In these, aná in our bosoms, he has left a void never to be filled. But the virtues that endeared him to our souls fitted him for that better society to which he is now admitted. He perused and conversed in the language of heaven, while he dwelt amongst us-His soul aspired to a superior glory, and often looked forward with pleasure to the day when he expected to be made perfect in the divine likeness. Shall we la. ment that he has attained to the summit of his wishes that he has put off the mortal body to shine in robes of immortality? that he has passed the years of his minority' and arrived at manhood that he has left us to join the blessed above?. -Be silent, my tumultuous grief! We yield, O God, with submission to thy will—Thou hast borne him hence to realms of eternal day. Let us imitate his lumi. nous example; let us endeavor to catch his falling mantle, and be animated with a double portion of his spirit: and though the wound cannot be healed in the present world, it will not be long till we also shall ascend to mansions in the skies, and be reunited with those whom we loved on earth, in joys that shall never end. In the mean time,
it will be highly important to improve our affliction for our own admonition and instruction-It reminds us of the uncertainty of our best and most rational enjoyments here:- It reminds us of the narrow bounds of human life on earth: Wherefore then do we suffer our affections to be unduly attached to the blessings which are already on the wing, to flee away forever? Why do we, at any time, put confidence for happiness in the life of mortals, or in their capacities, and improvements, and kindnesses, who may so easily be sundered from us? Why do we ever delay the necessary preparation for futurity, when death, whose shaft is never idle, is daily diminishing the number of those who entered into life with us, and pointing to the grave already waiting to receive us!--Let us gird up our loins, and keep our tamps trimmed and burning, that whensoever our Lord cometh he may find us watching.
The worthy relict of our inestimable friend, is entitled in this place, to particular attention. To you, madam, the loss we deplore is unspeakable. The excellency of character which endeared your worthy husband to a numerous acquaintance; and raised him so high in the estimation of the best judges of real merit, must have endeared him still more to you. To describe your exquisite feelings, in the recollection of scenes of sublimest pleasure gone forever, would be more than I ought to undertake-No sympathy can do justice to your keener sensibility on so trying an occasion. The will of providence, however, is accomplished in respect to his faithful servant. A constant witness of his fervent piety, his animated zeal in the cause of God and religion, his steadfast faith, and his persevering assiduity in promoting the best interests of his fellow men: a witness of the calm submission with which he endured aflliction; of the unshaken confi. dence with which he met the king of terrors, and of his hunible trust in the Saviour whom he had preached to others, I witness of his last testimony, when bis faith in the Son of God failed not, but enabled him to finish his course in triumph, you have every consolation such a bereavement can admit!
All the circunstances of your affliction were ordered in infinite wisdom: In respect to the most important circumstance it has had an happy issue. While, therefore, you justly mourn, there is infinite reason why you should perfectly acquiesce in the divine dispensation. But it is not necessary to instruct you, Madam, in the religious considerations which will contibute to your support - Your past experi
ence of infinite mercy is your instructor- Your faith already stays upon the grace and goodness which preside in the direction of all the affairs of men-Already placing your confidence in God, you will be enabled to sustain and improve your sorrow with dignity, and to advantage. The Lord will not be wanting to you in the fulfilment of his promises.-Every jot and tittle of them shall be accomplished, till he shall have brought you by a right way to a city of habitation, where every tear shall be wiped from your weeping cye; and what you sow in sorrow you shall reap in unceasing joy. lo the mean time, permit me to commend you to his care, who has said, “ Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive, and let thy widows trust in me”-And' to him be glory, and honor, and dominion, and power, forever and ever- Amen.