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cumstances were very discour- || What a loss will the churches in aging. Not being able to pro- city and country sustain, who had cure Mr. Wallin a sufficient sup- a common share in his care and port, he attended laboriously to | affection ! And how long has he the care of a school to provide for been a father and a guide to you, his family, which was often in my brethren, and myself ! Have great straits ; but the Lord was we not reason to cry, as the prophpleased to appear for them in an et did, My father, my father, the uncommon manner. 66 How of- chariot of Israel, and the horseten,” says Dr. Gill, “ have , men thereof." with others of my brethren here Whilst, however, Mr. Wallin present, heard him relate, with manifested great concern for the the utmost pleasure and gratitude publick good of the churches of of mind, the instances of providen- Christ in general, he did not neg. tial goodness to him, with a sin-lect to manifest affectionate regle view to glorify God, and to l gard to the church under his pasencourage the faith and hope of toral
This, of all the others in him."
branches of the Redeemer's interIt is recorded also, to the hon- | est, lay nearest his heart; and our of Mr. Wallin, that " though here he spent his time, his talents, he had temptations thrown in his and his strength. This was esa way to leave his small flock, he pecially manifested at some peribravely resisted them, and cheer- lods of trial and difficulty which fully continued in his oversight of he had experienced in connexion
with the church. In a manuscript Asit might be expected, so we are found after his death, these sentiinformed that the blessing of God ments were expressed ;“Oh ! attended his faithful labours, and that my present tears might cethat his success in the ministry ment the hearts of my dear memwas very great, in the conversion bers together in love, and that of sinners, and the edification of there might be no other contensaints. in the funeral sermon tion ainong them, than what might preached for him, by Dr. Gill, he express their self-denial for the says,
66 There needs no further sake of Christ, and as fellow-memproof and demonstration of this, bers striving together for the faith than the bare consideration of the of the gospel, but not with one anlow estate in which this church other about different sentiments was when he came among you, in matters not essential to true and the very flourishing state in religion, or to the publick worship which he has now left you."
of God under the gospel. Oh! It is mentioned, to the honour || imitate a dear Redeemer in this of this worthy minister, that his self-denyiny, loving, and tender large acquaintance with men and spirit and carriage one towards things, together with a great sa- | another : this will produce peace gacity and penetration, joined in the church; this will yield with labour in which he took pleas- peace in your own souls ; this ure, gave him an uncommon turn will yield a comfortable reflection for business. The following ex in the near views of death and an clamation from such an honest eternal world." great man as Dr. Gill, is one of It appears that he had been exthe highest eulogies which could ercised with many afflictive provihave been pronounced upon the dences, and had always manifestuseful character of Mr. Wallin ;
-ed great resignation to the divine “ How many will miss him for his will. His last illness was for sev. private advice and counsels ! || eral months; and when he was
first seized, considering that he || vest, that his churches may be suphad received " the sentence of plied, and his interests pre
death,” he wrote the following served ?” be sentiments in his diary :-“And In describing the character of
now, methinks, I am ready to Mr. Wallin, Dr. Gill says, “ His yield up my soul into the hands of indefatigableness was very consida dear Jesus, in whom alone I have erable, as appears from the progress hope, and with whom I long he made in some of the learned to be. I have been a wonderful languages, and in other parts of instance of his grace, and indeed useful knowledge, which recomof sovereign goodness, in that bemended him to the pulpit, and the should put such an one as I into press, and to every branch of conthe ministry, and uphold me so versation. long in it, to some usefulness to $6 His ministerial endowments poor souls, whom I hope to meet and qualifications were such, as in the great day with exceeding are rare in this present age. joy.”
Besides a large experience of the The following statement by Dr. Igrace of God, he had a consideraGill will be read with interest, ble share of light and knowledge as it affords proof, that the end of in the great truths of the gospel, the upright man is peace,
he had an heavenly skill to lay During his long indisposition open the wretched and miserable he was very comfortable in his state and condition of sinners by soul, and satisfied about his eter- nature, and to set forth the glory nal state.
In my last visit to of Christ in his person, blood, him, that he was able in any tol-righteousness, and sacrifice. His erable manner, with any degree of language was plain and easy, strength to converse with me, I though strong and masculine, far asked him whether his faith in | above contempt, and yet free from Christ was now steady; he re- the swelling words of vain rhetoplied, Steady, steady on the ricians. His reasoning was clear person of Christ, and those glori- and nervous, his mien and deportous truths of the gospel, which ment were grave, his address was have been the support of my soul, with majesty, which at once had a and the delight of my ministry.'| tendency to command awe, enOne of the last things he was gage the attention, and strike the heard to say before his death, was, | affection. And, let me not forget that the present dispensation was to take notice of his excellent the most delightful one he ever yet talent in prayer, and of that sweet was under; which shows, that he and near communion he often enmust have had great supports, and joyed with God in the discharge of large discoveries of love in his last that work in private. moments. And thus he sweetly 66 His conversation with men fell asleep in Jesus, and was free and pleasant, affable and makes one of tke shining crowd courteous, instructive and divertwhich stand before the throne, |ing, which made him universally clothed with white robes, and esteemed and beloved. palms in their hands. May we Notwithstanding all his attainbe able to make a right use of this ments, gifts, and usefulness, he melancholy providence : should was humble, and entertained mean not the removal of such able and and low thoughts of himself ; this faithful servants of Christ send us might be seen in his carriage to to the throne of grace, to pray the those who were inferior to him. Lord of the harvest, that he would in a manuscript written by himself, send forth labourers into his har-|| I meet with some lines, breathing
out his sense of divine grace and I well distinguish betwixt justificahis own unworthiness : Oh ! || tion and sanctification, exalting says he, how unworthy have I al- the imputed righteousness of Christ ways been of such dear favours without undervaluing the work of with which I have been indulged. the Spirit. Neither do I know, I can say, in the views of many though I was intimately acquaintinfirmities, I have obtained mercyed with him many years, that he of the Lord to be faithful in the ever, publickly or privately, boastministry to the best of my light. ed of his learning or knowledge ; Oh ! that I had but more light and a thing indeed frequently practisliberty, in my Lord's work, in || ed by such as have but a considerevery respect. Alas ! how shortable or little share of them ; and have I come of filling up the char-|| therefore I must believe Mr. acter I have unworthily bore in Wallin to have been endued with the churches."
a large share of knowledge in the Mr. Wallin died June 12, 1733, great things of the gospel.” in the fifty-fifth year of his age. During Mr. Wallin's ministry,
He was a man of great modera- the meeting-house in Maze-pond tion, though of them who profess was built and opened a few years the Calvinist scheme of religion, before his death.
It is a good and did not run into those flights building, and has a large burying. of justification before faith, and of ground behind it, where great good works in no sense being ne- numbers of persons of the Baptist cessary to salvation ; but with the denomination in Southwark have English Baptists in general, held been interred. In that place Mr. that none can be said to be actually | Wallin was buried ; where, upon reconciled, justified or adopted, a stone against the wall of the until they are really implanted meeting-house, is this inscripinto Jesus Christ by faith ; and tion :accordingly, in his discourses, did
In this vault are deposited
the remains of
Who departed this life
Were greatly improved
The penetration of his judgment,
The force of his reasoning,
And the facility of his address,
In civil or religious life.
His advice generous and faithful,
of which he was pastor,
Who grew up under his influence,
Both in the city and the country.
THE PRESBYTERIAN MISSIONARY. cient materially to relieve the exMessrs. Editors,
penses of the Society. I engaged In a short journey which I late- | to spend every fourth week in each ly performed, I became acquaint-|| place, and immediately comed with an aged clergyman who menced my labours. had for several years devoted him I generally arrived on Monday self to the missionary service. at the settlement in which I was He was a man of simple habits, of to preach on the succeeding Sabmodest deportment, of strong com- bath. The week was occupied mon sense and ardent piety, and || in visiting from house to house. was besides ardently interested An opportunity was thus afforded in every thing which relates to the of visiting every family of each success of the Redeemer's king-settlement as often as dom. You will therefore believe || month. The consequence was, that I listened with peculiar pleas- || that I became very generally acure to the account which he gave quainted with all my people, and me,
we were walking the some from each family were at deck of a steam boat, of the man meeting on the Sabbath. ner in which he had prosecuted | not long before my labours were pehis missionary labours.
An extensive “I entered that part of the coun- revival of religion commenced in try,” said he, "where I now re-my circle of labour, and spread side, in the
over many parts of the surroundportion where I labour, there was | ing country. The vices for which not then a single minister of any | the people were remarkable, are denomination. The inhabitants retiring, and the effects of moral generally spent the Sabbath in culture are delightfully visible. fishing, hunting, frolicking, and I found, however, at the first, amusements. Fighting and quar- | that on the Sabbaths when there relling on all occasions of publick was no preaching in a settlement meeting were common. The peo- | the people spent their time in ple were destitute of books of a amusement. I remonstrated with religious nature, and were equally them, and urged them to stay at destitute of any desire to read home, and read religious books ; them. My field of labour seemed | they replied, They had none. I in every respect most unpromising. said, Read your Þihles ; they re
I began by selecting four set-plied again, we have none. This tlements at convenient distances | led to the establishment of librafrom each other, as the places ries. I drew up a subscription where I would commence the paper of a simple form, which was preaching of the gospel. I then immediately filled up, and thus in applied to some persons with the different settlements libraries whom I had become previously ac-were quickly organized. I began quainted, and asked how much with Scott's Bible, and books of they would give for each Sabbath's this character, which were eagerly preaching with which they should read, and were, on the Sabbath esbe supplied. They subscribed || pecially, of very great importance. willingly, and encouraged others This means of circulating religious to do likewise, until a sum was knowledge, has been of incalculathus engaged in each place suffi- || ble utility.
In this region, where thirteen I regret to inform you, that I years ago, there was not a single know of no one who could be obchurch of any denomination, theretained, either as a temporary, or are at present four or five Presby: as a permanent supply: And terian, and several Baptist and when you reflect that there are Methodist Churches, and many of from one thousand, to fifteen hunthem in a flourishing condition.dred Baptist churches in the UnitThe people are supplied with Bi-ed States, who, like yourselves, bles and tracts, and everything are destitute of pastors, you will betokens the signal blessing of a perceive the difficulty of obtaining preached gospel statedly dispen-one to supply you. Being unacsed, and accompanied with kin- quainted with the history of your dred means of religious cultiva-church, or of an individual among
you, the remarks which I shall It is proper, Messrs. Editors, to inake, will be on general princiremark, that whatever may savour ples, and I shall quote your lanof egotism in this narration is at-guage, because it is, I fear, detributable to me, and not to the scriptive of feelings prevailing too Missionary. For the sake of brev-l generally in our churches. ity, I have thrown into a continu You propose to seek for a temous account what was related to porary supply only. I believe me in consequence of repeated the inclination to look only to the questions. The form of the thing present emergency, is a fruitful alone is altered. The facts are source of
evils to the churchjust as I received them.
es : it sometimes induces them On this simple statement I shall for reasons comparatively trivial, make no remark. It illustrates to dismiss their ministers. When most perfectly my ideas of the a church dismisses a minister it duty of a Domestick Missionary. not only loses his ministerial laWere this plan adopted by everybours in publick preaching; but one of your labourers, instead of another item should usually be riding over immense tracts of added to the account, frequently country, and preaching once in a quite as important, the entire loss year or two to destitute settle of his personal influence, as a ments, it is evident that much more man, as a christian, and as a mingood would be done, and much ister. useless expenditure retrenched. No successor can take up this Yours truly,
influence and appropriate it to him-
self. It must be obtained by per-
the slow result of the exhibition
Achange of ministers is in many ca
ses connected with irregularity or Dear Brethren,
neglect of discipline in the church. Your letter of was re-Such changes do much to cherish ceived in due season. You state an Athenian spirit, Acts xvii. 21. that you are 6. destitute of a minis- || already too powerful even among ter, and desire me to recommend good men. a suitable person to supply you for If you are unable to support a the season. You indulge the hope minister yourselves, would you that the cause of Christ would not do well to unite with some sisprosper among you, should you beter church, and lay a foundation so fortunate, as to obtain a man of for a permanent support, and seek respectable talents.”
for a permanent supply ?
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