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an eddy current, produced by a projecting rock, he was swept out of his depth. Potter himself, who is an expert swimmer, found himself floating in the same direction, and with some difficulty recovered the shore, when he looked about for Mr. Spencer, and saw the top of his head floating above the surface of the water. Potter knew not whether he was amusing himself or drowning. He, however, cried out to him; but, receiving no answer, immediately plunged in again, and swam to the rock to render him assistance, which he found impossible, Mr. Spencer having then sunk in seven feet water; and Potter with some trouble got up the side of the rock, and communicated the intelligence to Mr. Smith, the resident-agent of the potteries, who immediately ordered out two boats, which were directly manned and brought to the spot, where every exertion was used by Potter, as well as by those in the boats, to find the body. At length, they succeeded in drawing it up, after it had been in the water about fifty minutes. It was instantly conveyed to the shore; where, by the judicious arrangements of Mr. Smith, there were several physicians and surgeons in attendance, wbo used every possible
method that could be devised to restore animation, but without effect."*
Such was the melancholy end of this excellent young minister, at the age of twenty years and a half. Lovely youth! little didst thou think, the day before, when expatiating on the glories of heaven, that thou shouldst so soon be there! Little didst thou think, that thine immortal spirit should take its flight from the briny deep to the celestial world! Little didst thou think, that, in a few days, the dear object of thy affections should have to weep, in the anguish of her soul, in hearing the melancholy tidings of thy death! Ah! and little did we imagine, that on thy tomb this inscription should be written" Here are the remains of one who bid fair to be eminent and useful in the church, but who was suddenly swallowed up by the mighty waves!” Well, “ it is the Lord; let him do what seemeth him good. He gave, and he hath taken away: blessed be the name of the Lord.”+
* Liverpool Paper. + “ On Tuesday, just the 13th, amidst an immense concourse of people, the remains of Mr. Spencer were conveyed from the Park to Newingten Chapel
Learn here the sovereignty of God. Here was a young man highly esteemed.
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for interment. The scene was solemn and impressive, and the numbers which came to pay this last sad tribute of respect to his memory, shewed how deep an interest the public had felt in his character and melancholy death. In the order of procession, first walked the gentlemen of the faculty, and immediately before the corpse a number of dissenting ministers, four abreast. Then came the body, carried on a bier; the pall supported by ten ministers, five on each side. The mourners followed, and the procession was closed by the friends of the deceased, to the number of one hundred and fifty, in white hatbands and gloves, six abreast. All the streets through which the procession passed were crowded to excess; so were also the windows and balconies of the houses. The greatest decorum was however observed, and a seriousness, according with the occasion, was manifested by all. The body was taken into the chapel, where Mr. Charrier, minister of Bethesda Chapel, read part of the 15th chapter of the 1st Epistle to the Corinthians, and the 4th and 5th chapters of the 1st of Thessalonians, and afterwards prayed extempore. At the grave an eloquent and impressive oration was delivered by Mr. Fletcher, of Blackburn, and the service was concluded by a prayer from Mr. Lister, of Lime-street chapel.”
This melancholy event was improved by the Rev. William Roby, at Liverpool; and by the Rev. Henry Foster Burder, at Hoxton Chapel. This place of worship, though spacious, could not contain the multitudes that came together. The writer of this, there
ners most amiable, conciliating, and engaging. As a preacher, his talents were held in a degree of estimation, and possessed an extent of intluence, which have seldom been equalled in the annals of pulpit-eloquence. Perhaps it scarcely ever before fell to the lot of any individual, at so early an age, to have diffused religious impression through so extensive a circle of hearers.” He was just about to enter into the connubial state with an amiable young lady of pious and respectable connexions. The church was looking forward with delightful prospects of his success; and thousands were ready to say, “ This is the man whom God delighteth to honour.” But, ah! Gud's thoughts are not as our thoughts; nor his ways, as our ways.
« Behold, he taketh away; who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?"
2. Learn God's power and independency. He can carry on his cause without us. Paul is no more; Wickliffe is no more; Luther is no more;- but his gospel survives! His cause
fore, at the request of several present, addressed a large congregation in the adjoining garden. Several other sermons were delivered to crowded auditories in various places.
flourishes! The patriarchs, the prophets, the apostles, the reformers—where are they? they have finished their work, and are gone to rest. But the truth died not with them; the glory is not departed. Other instruments have succeeded. The ark is not lost; the word of the Lord has free course, and will finally triumph over all. Let us not, then, despair. He who raised up our young friend, and made him useful for a season,* can easily supply his place.
* Mr. Roby observes, that bis ministry was attended with the happiest effects on the hearts and in the conduct of numerous individuals. Many have given pleasing evidences of being seals to his ministry. At the very period of his death, he was intentionally girding himself for renewed exertions. He had prepared bis pen and folded his paper for the purpose of composing a sermon, which he had engaged to preach for the benefit of the London Religious Tract Society; and went to bathe in the river, expressly for the purpose of fitting himself the better for his service, having previously found that bathing answered the end of invigorating his mind for study.
On the preceding day, which happened to be the communion-sabbath, he was peculiarly animated and aflecting. In conversation, and in family-devotion that evening, he was remarkably spiritual, and mentioned the extraordinary degree of vigour which he had that day enjoyed in his public services. A friend having hinted that he seemed to be very happy whilst