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able, and very impressive. Indeed, several superior persons in the neighbourhood, not previously favourable to some articles of his creed, on which he steadily insisted; by attending on his ministry, expressing great approbation of it, corresponding with him when living, and now shewing great respect to his memory, confirm this account of him.
But his unwearied labours, his disinterestedness, his peaceable conduct, his uniformly amiable and consistent example, (which his neighbours in general are disposed to testify) were in the sight of God of far higher value, than even his talents and endowments as a minister. And in the former he may be imitated by those who could not imitate him in the latter.
It does not appear that Mr. N. ever published any thing, except the sermon before the London Missionary Society, which is printed with the other sermons preached on the same occasion.
The following extracts from the book before cited, may give the reader a further insight into the labours, views, and spirit of the deceased, than could be communicated by a studied eulogium on his character.
'From the time I came to reside at Missenden, I
* wished to set up a lecture on the Sunday evenings, 'but was deterred for some time, dunking my strength
* was not adequate to reading prayers and preaching
* or expounding three times in the day. If, as some
* ministers have done, I had gone into the pulpit in 'the evening, without reading any prayers at all, there
* was every reason to expect that the people would be
* confirmed in their prejudices.—At length this expe
* dient struck my mind, I will put on the surplice,
'and read the prayer for the whole state of Christ's 'church militant here on earth, the Confession and 'Absolution out of the Communion-service, and con'elude with one of the collects at the end of that ser'vice; then I will go into the pulpit and expound. 'This plan I have adopted, and expound the Bible 'regularly every Sunday evening. As there is more 'history and narrative intermixed with the expositions 'than in sermons, many people seem more fond of 'attending at night than other parts of the day. I have 'often been so much fatigued on the Sunday-nights
* that I could scarcely walk down out of the pulpit?
* yet, through mercy, I have not found my health in'jured by this additional labour. I hope the Lord 'will bless the expounding of the Scriptures, as a 'mean of giving the people a more general know ledge 'of his word.'
'On the 24th of October we set up the Sunday'school. Unhappily for the good of the institution, 'the parishioners were divided respecting a teacher; 'therefore the farmers set up another school. I wish 'this division may not in the end defeat the purposes 'for which they were instituted.'
'Ever since my first coming to Missenden, I found 'it a dificult and disagreeable part of my pastoral du'ty to visit the poor in the workhouse. If I called by 'day, few of them would be at home: if I visited them 'at night, they would be at supper, or gone to bed. 'I, this year, determined to visit them statedly every 'Thursday evening, read a sermon, and pray with 'them. This plan I find answers better than visiting
* them occasionally, but, through aversion to hear the 'word; it is attended with many difficulties. In the 'summer they will loiter about the fields, instead of 'returning home in proper time. In the winter they 'will feign themselves indisposed, and run to bed ra'ther than stay to hear the word of God. They are 'just in the same spirit and temper as the Israelites, 'of whom the prophet complains. "They refused to "hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped "their ears that they should not hear; yea, they made "their hearts as an adamant-stone, lest they should "hear the words which the Lord of Hosts has sent "by his Spirit." O Lord make these poor hardened 'wretches a willing people in the day of thy power!'
1792. 'As the fever which carried off many was very con
• tagious, and I attended a number of my parishioners 'in every stage of the disorder, I have great reason to 'bless God, that when many fell on either side he
• graciously preserved me; but he that preserved Sha'drach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the burning fiery 'furnace, delivered me out of this furnace of afflic'tion.'
'I communicated my design to the people, of dis'continuing the Sunday-evening-lectures, in a sermon •from these words, "The spirit indeed is willing, "but the flesh is weak." I believe, I felt what I said, "and the people were affected and felt for me. Not 'being previously acquainted with my intentions, nor 'knowing that I felt so much difficulty in addressing 'them, their passions were sensibly wrought upon. 'Oh that it may have an .abiding effect upon their 'htarts! If my successor should be inclined to under'take the labour which I have been obliged to relink 'quish, I would have him sit down, and well count 'the cost before he begins. Besides the hard labour 'of preaching and reading prayers, he will have a deal
* of extra duty to perform. It is a custom at Missen'den to bury the dead generally on Sundays. I have 'had two buryings, two christenings, and two church'ings, in one Sunday: and sometimes I have been 'called to visit the sick. All this, added to the three
* services in the church, made me give up my lec'tures. As I had now made some progress in ex'pounding the scriptures, I determined to expound 'instead of preaching on the Wednesday evenings: I 'trust I shall not labour in vain.'
1793. 'I soon found that the people who attended them,'
* (that is, some extravagant preachers) 'had invented
* an easier way of going to heaven than I knew. They 'declare that a believer has nothing to do with the law. 'The law is no rule of life to them that are in Christ. 'It is legal to think it is. I now saw what was the 'luring bait by which poor simple souls were caught. 'May God deliver them from the fatal delusion!'
1794. 'He (a poor man in the congregation) • brought me 'lately about a half a peck of very fine potatoes, -and 'begged I would accept of them, adding, When you 'were explaining Moses's tabernacle, you told us that 'the person who brought a handful of goat's hair, or
* a badger's skin, was accepted with God, (if he 'brought it in faith,) as well as he who brought gold, 'silver, or precious stones.—' I do not know that I s
'ever received a present, so thankfully as I received
* the poor man's potatoes.'
'It was a very trying circumstance to Mr. W. to
* be deprived ef a considerable part of his property,
* owing to the blunder of an attorney: but the grand
* source of all his trouble was idleness. Had he been 'in any profession, or had he earned his bread by
* manual labour, he would have been comparatively
* grace indeed, to live to the glory of God.'
'are papists, offered to take one of his children.—
* As they had educated one of his children by a for
* mer wife, and brought her up a bigotted catholick,
* the widow knew that if she consented, her child
* would be a papist. She consulted me on the sub'ject: and I could not in conscience advise her to 'send her child into such a family, though it would
* relieve her from a heavy burden, and be much to the
* child's temporal advantage.—She thanked me for 'my advice, kept her child at home, struggles with 'her difficulties, and "hitherto the Lord hath helped '' her."
I shall conclude this account by observing, that this advice and conduct appear to be thoroughly scriptural. The poor widow " sought" for her child, as well as for herself, "first the kingdom of God and his righ'4 teousness, and trusted that all things else should be "added to her." It would be of vast importance to the interests of true religion, if all parents professing