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If, in addition to the many excellent communications now received, others were occasionally forwarded by writers to whom preparing such an article might prove an agreeable relaxation from the pursuit of severer studies, both the value of the work, and the interest of the writer in its prosperity, would be considerably increased.

Before concluding these remarks, the Editors have much pleasure in distinctly and gratefully adverting to the assistance with which they have been favoured in bringing this volume through the press;

in connexion with which the usual exercise of benevolence to the Widows of many of our departed brethren has been continued; and to perpetuate, and, if possible, increase which, the conductors of the Baptist Magazine have been invariably, and still remain, solicitous.




JANUARY, 1835.


As we

RecoLLECTIONS of departed ex- memory, after the lapse of ages, cellence are always pleasant, often is still fragrant as the breath of productive of the happiest effects. th after the example of the sacred The delight we feel in tracing the writers, every age of the church successive stages of that pilgrim- has preserved memorials of the age by which the saints of the wisdom and holiness of its own Most High have “passed into the times. In some instances a serskies,” is neither a faint nor vice has thus been performed of fruitless emotion, but a healthful inestimable value. · Patterns of exercise of the moral sympathies. faith, of patience, of zeal, have It purifies, while it elicits, the af- been rescued from oblivion to be fections of the heart.

a stimulus to Christians in all trace the formation of their cha- succeeding periods of time. And racter, we are insensibly forming in other instances benefits, though our own; and the observation by not equally extensive, yet subwhich we mark the development stantial, have resulted from reof their Christian virtues, is among cording, in a brief memoir, the the most efficient means by which characters and actions of those we are provoked to their imita- who, not called to occupy promition.

nent stations, have shed a sweet Hence the inspired volume is influence of piety upon the more not more a book of doctrines retired walks of ordinary life. than a record of the piety of an- The following pages are incient believers. That Holy Spirit, tended to preserve

some short under whose inspiration it was account of a Christian lady, who written, knew how to touch the from youth to old age

" walked springs of human conduct, and in the truth ;” and having become therefore incites us to the highest at length alike venerable in years attainments of character by the and in piety, departed this present influence of example. The names life with the glorious hope of a of the righteous are enrolled in better. its imperishable leaves, and their Mrs. Peggy Waugh was born

VOL. X., 3rd SERIES.


at Wallingford, A. D. 1747. Atcellent man, her religious views an early period of life her mind became clearer and more definite, was brought under a divine in- her principles more firm and defluence; not, however, by the ordi- cided, and it was evident that the nary means of grace, nor by any spiritual change which had already solemn providence, but in a man- commenced in her soul, was ner illustrating the force of scrip-rapidly advancing to its completure, and the sovereignty of that tion. gracious Spirit by whom it was It was now that her trials began. originally inspired, and is still the determinate and consistent savingly applied. Being present form which her renewed character at a party where the evening was had assumed,was far from exciting spent in festivity and worldly any complacent feelings in the mirth, she was invited to join in minds of her parents; and it became the dance. This she had often the more obnoxious to them from done, for she was of a lively dis- the preference she manifested for position, and her parents were gra- the preaching of Mr. Davis. They tified by her mixing in the gaieties had brought up their family to of life; but in the present in the established church, and it disstance she felt herself unable to tressed them exceedingly to see maintain the hilarity of her spirits. their daughter becoming a disThe cause of her dejection none senter. But she had counted the imagined, and she was perhaps cost, and was prepared to make ashamed to acknowledge. While any sacrifice, and to endure any all was merriment around her, she hardship, rather than forego the became suddenly pensive. A privileges she now enjoyed in the passage of the word of God, point- house of God. Hardships she edly in contrast with the spirit had indeed to endure : such was of the scene, had come with the severity with which she was irresistible power to her recollec- treated, that it was no uncommon tion. "It fastened upon her con- thing, when she returned from the science :-it reached her heart. sanctuary, to find her father's door The music and dancing lost their locked against her; and often has charms; she sat in solitariness, she walked in the fields without though surrounded with company; food during the intervals of pubthe world's fascinations appeared lic worship, rather than incur in a light in which she had never the displeasure that awaited her before seen them, and the salu-at home. This

season tary impressions of that evening of trial, and she came forth remained unerased from her mind from it like refined gold. Her through all her subsequent life. filial attentions were not less re

While she was yet young, her spectful or affectionate than forparents removed to Reading. merly; on the contrary, she Shortly after they had fixed their watched both her temper and her residence in that town, she was conduct with more than wonted taken by a friend to the Baptist carefulness, and endeavoured to Meeting, where she heard the show them that she could bear Rev. Mr. Davis. She was much with meekness the wrongs she interested in his discourse, and suffered in so good a cause. Nor sought for opportunities to attend did she wholly withdraw herself frequently on his ministry. Under from the established church. the able instructions of that ex- Reading was at that time favoured



with the ministry of the Rev. Mr. | commenced together that public Talbot, the Hon. and Rev. Mr. and good profession which they Cadogan, and the Rev. Mr. ever afterwards maintained by the Eyre, his curate at St. Giles's. integrity, and adorned with the The preaching of these faithful graces, of the Christian life. On servants of the Lord was dis- the morning of her baptism, a tinguished by its truly evangelical passage from the prophecies of character, and she found much Isaiah, evidently suggested by benefit in occasionally hearing the difficulties which had envithem. At their Thursday evening roned her early religious course, lecture she was a constant at- forcibly impressed her mind, and tendant, both at this period and afforded her much encourageafter she had joined the Baptist ment: “I will go before thee, church. Her new principles had and make the crooked places not contracted, but on the con- straight; I will break in pieces trary enlarged, her mind. Her the gates of brass, and cut in views with regard to the ordinance sunder the bars of iron.” “These of baptism, and on some other words,” she writes, “came sweetly subjects connected with those to me, and my soul was on the parts of divine truth on which a wing for heaven and heavenly difference of sentiment prevails, things.” were conscientiously embraced ; The duties of domestic life but they were held in the spirit of began now to demand her attenChristian charity. As much as tion. In the relations of a wife, she could, without a sacrifice of a mother, and a mistress, the conscience, she endeavoured to excellence of those principles on conciliate the prejudices of her which her character was formed, parents; and at length her efforts was habitually exemplified. For were blessed beyond her most her children, she was supremely sanguine hope.

anxious to bring them in early It will a little anticipate the life under the infuence of divine order of the narrative, but it may truth, and to lead them into the properly be added here, that she love of God. It is in their recolhad the satisfaction,at asubsequent lection still, with what maternal period, to know that her pious affection she would take them conversation and deportment had, into her chamber, and converse under God, been the principal with them on those subjects, and means of producing a saving then present them, in the exerchange in her father, in hercise of faith and devotion, to the mother, and in two of her care of that tender Shepherd who brothers. Her parents, at an ad- gathers the lambs in his arms, vanced age, departed in the faith, and carries them in his bosom.” leaving no doubt on the minds of Indeed her deep interest in all surviving friends that they had young persons obliged her to press fallen asleep in Jesus.

upon such as came within her It was the happiness of Mrs. reach a care for their everlasting Waugh to be united in marriage happiness; with several, the rewith a person of decided piety, sult was most satisfactory, and whose sentiments on religious they retain an affectionate resubjects were similar to her own. membrance of her solicitude on Shortly after their marriage, they their behalf. With her servants were both baptized, and thus also she would seize opportunities to speak of the value of their the staff of her age, and left to souls, and the improvement of travel alone through the last their religious advantages; and stages of her pilgrimage. She sometimes she used to pray in had however the unspeakable secret with them. The affictions satisfaction of reflecting that he which are inseparable from the had walked with her in the ways

of lot of humanity, and those which righteousness, and that although parents only know, she endured he had outstripped her in the with a meek and confiding resig- course, and arrived first at the nation. Her cup had its bitter sepulchre, she should follow him infusions, and some of her trials into the world of reunion and were more than commonly severe; eternal love. His decease was also but under every mysterious and eminently happy. He was favourpainful dispensation, she stayeded during his illness with much herself upon her God, and in pa- spirituality and elevation of mind, tience possessed her soul.

and departed in the “ full assuBy those who enjoyed her rance of hope.” On being asked friendship, her pious conversation by one of his daughters, whether, and correspondence were highly if it were the will of God, he valued. She was no stranger in would like to return again into the habitation of the widow and the world? “What,” he exclaimthe fatherless, or beside the dying ed,“ when Christ bids me come bed. Her sympathy in such scenes up hither!'” It was the privilege was a mitigation of sorrow, and of his faithful wife (for such she her offices of Christian love en- deemed it) to be with him through deared her in the hour of distress. all his illness, and to witness the She gratified the benevolence of final scene.

She would not deleher heart by relieving the dis-gate to other hands the discharge tresses of many; and some of her of any duty which she could perpoor neighbours were pensioners form herself; but the conflict on her bounty as long as they being over, she retired from the lived. Her attendance on public chamber of death, and was found ordinances, it need scarcely be some time after, by her children, said, was regular and devout; who had missed her, in her closet, and by her consistent and blame- and on her knees. The throne of less life, combined with her affec- grace was her refuge. To that tionate and peaceful walk among hiding-place she was accustomed her fellow-members, she was a to flee, in every “cloudy and comfort to her pastor, and an dark day;" and sweetly was the honour to the church. Thus for promise fulfilled in her experimany years she moved in her ence, “Thou wilt keep him in orbit, as the celestial luminaries perfect peace, whose mind is move in theirs; with a regular, stayed on thee.” She felt deeply uniform, and constant progres- the stroke which had made her a sion; deriving all their radiance widow; but, possessing an uncomfrom the sun, and reflecting his mon degree of self-command, beams without noise or ostenta- it was a comfort to her children tion.

to observe her great calmness of But a severe trial awaited her. spirit, and to hear the expressions The conjugal relation at of her confidence in God. Her length broken. By the death of natural fortitude was sustained Mr. Waugh she was deprived of by divine grace, and her whole


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