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own souls, they esteem it a privilege and an honour to be able to permit others to hear its delightful tidings.
You have been pleased to express your satisfaction at the manner in which I have been enabled to expound the truths of our holy religion, to those who waited on my ministry during your residence in this place. While I feel gratified at this assurance from those who know and appreciate the truth, as it is in Jesus, I would trust that the praise of man may not elate me beyond measure, nor ever cause me to forget that by grace we stand. I am aware, that God to magnify his grace, and shew his power, can cause the humblest instru. ment to praise him, and, therefore, would I commit to him the seed that has been sown, believing that his word shall not return to him void, but accomplish all his purposes.
The truth, as revealed in the Scriptures, is the instrument employed by the Holy Spirit for the conversion of sinners, and I would always labour to hold it up for their reception, and endeavour to impress it on their hearts. All men have sinned, and are, therefore, liable to eternal condemnation ; but the Gospel declares a full and free pardon to all who by faith become interested in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and trust in this alone for salvation. Experience and the word of God testify, that the heart of man is depraved and averse to holiness; and here again the work of Christ meets the necessities of the sinner, having purchased the spirit to renew and sanctify the soul.
In my.ministrations, I have always endeavoured to maintain the dignity of the Saviour's person, and the fulness of his work-to declare the utter helplessness of the sinner in his fallen condition, and the glorious salvation that is in Christ Jesus. And thus, while every hope of acceptance with God, must arise from our union with the Redeemer by faith, i would diligently insists on the necessity of holiness of life, as an evidence of our justification, and a result of divine grace in the soul.
These I believe to be fundamental doctrines; and if in my. manner of expounding them, and enforcing the dutieş that are essentially connected with their reception, I have been enabled to strengthen your faith, or lead you to a closer walk with God, I would acknowledge it as a testimony of his gracious presence, and ascribe the glory to the Lord. I dare not speak of my zeal in the work in which Lam engaged, for I well know my deficiencies in the discharge of every duty, and I am likewise aware, that it becomieth not him who girdeth oh his armour, to boast himself, as he that putteth it off.
Your kind assurances of personal respect, I accept with gratitude; and while again I thank you for this proof of your friendship and esteem, I pray that Christ may reign in your hearts—that you may abound in ever good word and work, and that you may be sanctified for the day of his glorious appearing. Let me entreat an interest in your prayers, that I may be enlightened and strengthened for the work to which I am called, and that thus I may become instrumental in saving souls, and building up in holiness the flock that is committed to my charge.
With every feeling of gratitude and Christian affection, I am, Gentlemen, your very much obliged, and obedient Servant,
WM. BLACKWOOD. Holyrood, 24th August, 1835.
DEATH OF THE REV. THOMAS LESLIE, AT
[This melancholy event took plaee at Jamaica, on the 18th August last.
The only document we have seen upon the subject is the following letter from his bereaved wife, to the Rev. R. Park, of Ballymoney.]
RECTORY, (Lucia,) August 29th, 1835. MY DEAR FRIEND AND BROTHER IN CHRIST,
I Feel it to be, indeed, a melancholy duty which I owe to you and the rest of our dear friends in your neighbourhood ;
I had hoped and longed to see a letter written to you by an abler hand, that you might know how tbe Lord had dealt with us since we left you,
and how prosperously the work of the Lord seemed to be going on here; but that hope has been blighted by Him “who doeth all things well," and now I have to write you that I am motherless and a widow !_Yes, my dear friend, the hand of the Lord has been heavy upon me.
The first of August, the day when we had looked forward to rejoicing with the Negroes, on their first anniversary of freedom, my mother's remains were committed to the silent tomb; and eighteen days after, my dear husband's were laid beside her, after two day's illness. On Saturday he was tolerably well, and rode out in the morning ; next morning he was not able to be up, and suffered extreme pain during that day and the next. On Tuesday, the pain seemed to subside ; but inflamation had made rapid strides, and we saw there was no room for hope ; and at four o'clock that evening, I closed his eyes, and, through the grace of God, was enabled to say,
Thy will O God, not mine, be done." This was a trial which I had often labored to prepare my mind for. It was one which my coming out bere had professed my willingness to suffer in the cause of Christ, should He see fit to send it, and yet the day before that very morning, found me saying, Oh, Lord ! not this. But the Giver of strength in the day of need was with me; and when Mr. Grant, the kind friend in whose house we then were, prepared me afterwards for the event, by candidly telling me his fears, and that the doctors had little hopes, I returned to the bed-side calm and submissive, and was mercifully supported in the hour of my extreme weakness. His eomplaint was stoppage of the bowels, brought on, as far as we can judge, by his prejudice against the strong medicines which are sometimes necessary in this climate. About ten days before, he had a very slight attack of fever, when the doctor bled him immediately, and he was much relieved ; the fever left him, and he was desired by his attendant, to make free use of some pills which he left for him for the next week. This was in the cove in our own house, after my mother's death ; and as change of air was strongly recommended, we left it, as we thought, for a few weeks, and went to Tomspring, to Mr. Grant's. There we had delightful pure air, high up in the mountains and he walked and rode every day, and almost fancied him. self at home again, among our dear native hills. He got so well that no solicitations could induce him to remember the doctor's advice, and much as I urged him to comply with it, I had no fears, when I saw him every day seem better. But the Lord's good time had arrived, and his work which He had allotted him, though short, was finished. His had been a life of preparation for that glorious change, and we have, thank God, no reason to regret that the summons was so short. His extreme pain and weakness prevented him from speaking to those who were around him on the subject ; but we had no need of an assurance from him that the Good Shepherd was supporting his unworthy servant in the dark valley of the shadow of death; we knew it, and blessed our covenant God, that his promises were true and faithful. His mind was calm and undisturbed until the last moment. Some of our faithful members of the church at Lucea, who had been alarmed by his not coming to preach on the Sabbath, had come up to see him, and remained with me ;--three doctors had seen him, one of whom (Pooler) never left him, day or night, from Sabbath morning. Mr. Lyon, one of the Elders of the church, was in constant attendance ;-every thing was done to alleviate his sufferiogs, and calm his mind. In the morning, he arranged all his temporal affairs, in a few words, and signed his will. I had dear little baby brought in to receive her fond father's last blessing, and he sat up in the bed, while I supported him. He was in an agony of pain--for a time his eyesight failed. Our poor affectionate people could not speak; and I tried to remind them that the eye of faith was becoming brighter and brighter. He pressed my hand, but could not speak. I spoke of a blessed meeting in glory in a little while, and he said, with much strength and fervor"0 yes, a little, very little while." I got him laid down in the bed, and requested Mr. Lyon to read the 66th Paraphrase. He seemed to listen attentively. Mr. Lyon prayed-he seemed to revive a little, and did not again suffer so much pain. In a little while, all was still, and the spirit had left its earthly tabernacle. • Our kind friend, Mr. Stansbey, came for me and baby in the evening, and we have been here since under the care of him and his excellent wife, who seems a second mother. Next day, Mr. and Mrs. Patterson, from Mon. tego Bay, and Mr. Nivin, from Morgan's Bridge, came to perform the last sad offices for their departed brother; and on Saturday, Mr. Waddell came, preached on Sabbath from Psalm 119--75, and comforted me and the bereaved congregaton much. I have had the comforting support of the Holy Spirit in a remarkable degree ever since. I am generally enabled to restrain every murmuring thought, with a contemplation of the blessed test which my dear busband has entered into, and an humble endeavour
to keep my mind from dwelling on my loss, while I see it to be his eternal gain. Sometimes I begin to be anxious about my dear baby and the future, but generally all is peace.
I bad thought of returning to Ireland, but again I see such a want of teachers, and such a field of labour here, that I mean, if it seem God's will, to remain, and live in some of our Missionary families, where my dear child will still have a fatherly care over her, and I may, by God's blessing, follow that course of duty to which my dear Thomas and I had devoted ourselves, body and soul, and spirit, even unto death. The only letter either of us has had was one announcing to Thomas the death of his ayed father, received the very day that my mother died. She had fever for a fortnight, and was insensible nearly all the time. The day before her death, she regained her senses, and gave us a good hope of her trust in Christ Jesus. And now, my dear friend, will you not praise the Lord with me, for all his mercies; and while we feel that in our shortsightedness we would have looked on our departed friend as one eminently qualified to extend the interest of our Redeemer's kingdom, we must know that his work will not be left undone. With Him, is the residue of the spirit, and He can send other servants to repair the breaches in His Zion. His work had been blessed beyond all our expectation, he had done much in a little time, and the people loved him as the Kilraughts people had done ;would God I knew how it fares with them! Many an anxious thought, many an earnest prayer has he offered for his beloved sessior and people. The very last conversation we had, on Saturday night, was about them; he said, " no doubt, some of them, most likely W
had been removed to their better country." How will his people bear this? How will poor Miss A and Miss M- bear this ? God grant that they may be comforted with the sanie comfort which God hath given to me. I pray you to go to them, and as you so lately tried to reconcile their minds to his leaving them for another scene of labor, try now to improve the present to us afflictive dispensation. But tell them, also, that we never saw cause to regret our having engaged in this labor of love. Even now, I would rather praise God that such a good work was in our hearts, and look for the blessed crown of glory own health and Anne's have been, so far, perfectly good. How is Miss P? and is M with you yet? or has the Saviour called her to himself ? Excuse errors in this sąd letter.-Give my love and Christian remembrance to all friends who are yet spared ; and pray for your bereaved friend
BEHOLD how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. Domestic friendship is most fit and right in itself, and highly conducive to the comfort of individuals and the happiness of the whole. There is something truly beauti. ful and lovely in it. Who can behold a family united by the sacred bands of harmony and love, without rejoicing in this felicity.? Such a society is a little heaven upon earth, and
makes the nearest approach to perfection of any civil connection whatever. Too much cannot be said in praise of it. Now all this the psalmist illustrates by two very pleasing compari
The first is taken from the ointment poured on the head of the High Priest. It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down
upon the beard, even Aaron's beard, that went down to the skirts of his garments. Aaron was by divine appointment the High Priest of the Israelitish church. His duty it was, arrayed in the sacerdotal garments, to offer sacrifice, intercede, and bless. At the proper seasons be approached the altar of God and the mercy-seat as their representative, and procured for them many great national blessings. And in this character he was an eminent type of Christ, who is the great High Priest of our profession, and through whose mediation we obtain peace with God, and all the blessings of grace and glory. To his office, so beneficial to the whole Jewish commonwealth or family, Aaron was initiated by the ceremony here referred to. An ointment of exquisite richness and fragrance was prepared, and poured by Moses upon his head at the door of the tabernacle.* From his head it ran down upon
his beard, even to the skirts or skirt of his garment (for the word is in the singular number:) not to the lower skirt of the sacerdotal robe, for it is not probable, nor was it convenient that the sacred oil should be poured upon him with such unnecessary profusion) but to the upper skirt of it, the mouth or collar of it, as the word signifies. The fragrance of this rich perfume instantly communicated itself to all who attended this most solemn and pleasing ceremony. They enjoyed the grateful smell, and were the more delighted with it as it was a sure omen of those peaceful and harmonious pleasures with which they were to be blessed through his mediation. Now unity among brethren, the psalmist tell us, is like the ointment thus poured upon the head of Aaron. There is a sweetness and gratefulness in it, especially when sanctified by genuine piety, that fails not to make all the members of the family happy, and to refresh and entertain those who occasionally associate with it. Oh! how the aromatic savour of this rich cordial diffuses itself through the house, just as did the precious odours with which Mary anointed the feet of the Prince of peace, at the entertainment made for him at Bethany ť
* See Exod. xxx. 22-vult Ler. viii. 12.
+ John xii. 3.