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resigned declaration—" It is the Lord.” You are permitted to know that when his Master called, his loins were girded about and his lights were burning the work of preparation had long been done; “ I am ready," was his dying declaration. He had nought to do, but to yield up his soul into the hands of his Redeemer. Cherish his memory, by following the bright example of his faith and patience. Let Jesus be the refuge and the hope of your souls, and though separated you must be till the day of resurrection, you shall then meet where parting and death are known no more for ever. God keep you, and fill your souls with abundant consolation : and comfort one another with these things.
2d. I turn to this congregation. To you, my friends, according to the utmost measure of his abilities, he was a faithful pastor. Many of you loved him, very dearly loved him; of many who now hear me, he may be considered as having been the spiritual father; you cannot other than cherish his memory. But 10 all of you, he stood in such a relation as to authorize the application of the apostle—“Remember them which have the rule over you.”
There are three leading particulars in which you are called upon to cherish his memory. And I feel constrained to mention them, pass you what opinions you may please. My duty must be discharged regardless of all considerations but those of duty.
1. Cherish his memory, by attending to that one great thing for which he laboured; your personal salvation.
“O! it is a most dreadful thought, that the minister who has been always ready to spend and be spent in your service; who has watched over you, prayed for you, rejoiced in the hope of your salvation, and triumphed in the thought of presenting you as his joy and crown of rejoicing at the throne of Heaven, may be summoned as a swift witness against some of you, and have no account to give but of your sins. Oh, my dear friends, the bereaved congregation of a faithful minister, whose chief happiness was drawn from the hope of a happy eternity with you in the presence of Christ, do not endure the thought of an eternal separation. Bring not the anger of Heaven upon you for a despised ministry. Requite his love, then, as best you may, by following his example and obeying his advice. They mourn the dead who live as they desire.'
2. Cherish the memory of your deceased Pastor, by the character of the individual whom you shall select as his successor. Understand me, brethren; I speak not in reference to any individual upon earth. It would be the height of indelicacy for me so to do. But I speak of character and qualifications. Choose as his successor one of the same evangelical views and feelings. I do not doubt you on this subject, but I wish to warn you against even the
* Rev. Wm. Meade, on the death of the Rev. Oliver Norris,
possibility of any other course. The faithful and enlightened followers of the Lord Jesus Christ in this congregation constitute its moral and also actual power. Among you, let there be no divisions. With worldly-minded men, and on worldly principles, make no compromises. Betray not the cause of Christ on any consideration. Let any circumstances occur-let any pastor be chosen who should not carry on your lectures and your meetings for prayer, and your noble Sunday-school operations; your Bibleclasses, your methods of parochial visitation, your whole system, hallowed by the labours of our brother and his sainted predecessor, Pilmore, and then on these walls, and on this pulpit, and on this desk, and on this chancel, will be written—" Ichabod”- the glory has departed. For your soul's salvation, and for the children whom this Church is nurturing for eternity, I charge you, before the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and dead at his appearing and his kingdom-let there be no divisions among you. If by the division of those called Christian, advantage should be taken to change the character and circumstances of this Church; to your consciences and to your God, it never, never can be answered. In the present state of affairs, offences probably will come, but wo to that man by whom the offence cometh. Let there be prayer in season and out of season, that God would send you a man after his own heart; one who shall go in and out before you in the fulness of the blessing of the Gospel of Christ, and be a faithful shepherd of the sheep, rightly dividing the Word of Truth,
Once more: It is a delicate task, but I may not shrink from its performance.
Cherish the memory of our deceased brother, by your regard for his bereaved, and now destitute family.-We have often heard, my brethren, of the ingratitude of republics. The servant of the public may wear out his life in the exhausting duties of his station, and then, when age or infirmities disqualify him for the further discharge of duties, he is cast off as an incumbrance—all his services are forgotten, and nothing is remembered but his incapacity for further usefulness. So, often, it is with the minister of the Gospel. His ten, his twenty, or his fifty years, may be devoted to the care of souls, in the most persevering duties of his exhausting occupation, and then, as his eye grows dim, and his natural force abates, he is usually cast off and left, superadded to all the ills and infirmities of nature, to contend with the iron hand of poverty. Still more unfortunate, generally, is the family of a minister of the Gospel : and there is no condition in life which is liable to such sad, and such awfully appalling reverses. While he lives, they have comforts: the wife of his bosom can maintain a standing in society suitable to the character of one who is on a level with all; his children can obtain the benefits of education. But let the withering hand of death lay itself upon he head, and the members wither away as in a moment. In one
sad instant, every thing is gone—and the stroke which removes the Pastor from his flock, not only makes his wife a widow, and his children fatherless, but dooms them at once to hopeless penury. Death breaks upon them like a very earthquake, and they may almost literally be said—to go down alive in the pit. The earth swallows up their hopes, their all. In this situation stands the family of your deceased Pastor. Soon, by the mass of you it will be forgotten, whether they are in existence. The cup they have been compelled to drink is bitter enough already. Will not your remembrance of the man who laboured for your souls, induce you to some generous deeds to those whose bodies are left the only legacy he could bequeath? I cannot carry out the subject: The situation of my own dear farnily, when death shall deprive them of all the hopes which are built on the frail tenure of my own existence, sends a pang to my heart, and chokes the utterance of my lips. No refuge has our brother's family but God-no efficient earthly friends but those who here love them for their father's sake. Oh pray ye, that the everlasting arms may be underneath them, and then let Christian love animate your hearts and hands to some deed, by which the memory of our brother may be cherished. He lives in those he has left behind him. Let us act as with that time in view, when the sea shall give up her dead, and Pastor and people meet before the throne. " Then shall the king say unto them on his right hand, inasmuch as ye did it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye did it unto me.”
The Sunday after the foregoing sermon was delivered in St. Paul's Church, Dr. Bedell delivered it to his own congregation, in St. Andrew's Church, on which occasion the following introduction was used-
Previous to entering on the more immediate subject of my discourse, I feel it incumbent on me to anticipate an objection which may naturally arise. It may seem strange to some, that I should preach a sermon in commemoration of the Rector of another Parish. The answer to this, however, is obvious and satisfactory; for besides the personal intimacy and friendship which existed between the Rev. Mr. Allen and myself, which would alone be a sufficient reason, there are peculiar circumstances connected with this Church, which renders it an act of justice to his memory. By a series of most marked providential interferences, it was through the instrumentality of Mr. Allen, that my attention was first directed to this city. And when I passed through it, seven years ago, it was his perseverance which induced me to remain even long enough to preach. And when this Church was projected, there are many now here who are the witnesses of the zeal and labour with which he pursued the object. And he never ceased to exert himself, till he saw the corner-stone laid with solemn religious ceremonies, himself delivering the appropriate address. Under the mighty hand of God, then, I consider this Church as indebted much to his instrumentality, and that, at the very least, it becomes us to pay some public demonstration of respect to his memory. Let this, then, serve as explanatory of the reasons, why I have deemed it expedient and proper to preach before you, as far as the different circumstances in which we are placed will allow, the same discourse which on Sunday last I delivered to his bereaved congregation.
SOME ACCOUNT OT THE BIBLE CLASSES OF ST. PAUL'S CHURCH,
PHILADELPHIA - BY THE REV. BENJAMIN ALLEN, RECTOR OF SAID CHURCH.
As has been_mentioned in the preceding Memoir, some of the brethren in England were anxious to be informed of the mode of conducting Bible-Classes. In compliance with their request, my brother prepared a history of his movements in connexion with his own class.
The account was given in the following series of Letters, addressed to a “Rev. and Dear Brother,” who, no doubt, was the Rev. William Carus Wilson.
The Letters were published in London, by L. B. Seeley and Sons, under the direction of the Rev. W. C. Wilson. The publication was made after the death of my brother, for the benefit of his family. And with gratitude, I am enabled to testify, that a very considerable sum has been realized,
The following is the dedication
“To WILLIAM Wilson Carus Wilson, Esq. of Casterton Hall, Westmoreland: beneath whose hospitable roof the greater part of these few pages was prepared, they are now dedicated; as a slight expression of the gratitude which his Christian courtesy and kindness have awakened. May the blessing of the Most High rest upon his children's children; and may he, and they, with all they love, arrive, in due time, at the rest which remaineth for the people of God.
REV. AND DEAR BROTHER :
The world calls you honourable; and I have great pleasure in regarding you as such, in the highest sense of the term. A name enrolled in the Lamb's Book of Life, shines with a brighter lustre than earth can bestow. The expression of an humble hope that your name is thus enrolled, does not excite in you any unhallowed feeling. Are you not conscious, that it is of free, unmerited