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ed as far the most useful and im- them to Mr, s, the editor. They portant of his whole life, because form an animated portrait of the his labours were then eminently faithful and affectionate Christian blessed. His words are, in a letter pastor; and contain many incidenta to the Editor, " And now my mi- of his life, many illustrations of Distry in the town of : is nearly Christian experience and the walk closing, "What hath God wrought!" of faith, and many proofs how may bolh of us say: From June constantly he sought to save him: 1782 to May 1792, what a change self and them that heard him. has taken place here! Were I to live an hundred years twice told, I imagine these would be by far the The Importance of the Gospel Minis, most important ten years of my
try considered : a Sesmon preach. life. The Lord has been doing a
ed at Hoxton Chapel, June 25, short, but great work here : I trust
1807, being the Socond Anniver, the effects of it will never leave
şary Meeting of the Ministerx edu, F" P. 280.
cated at Hoxton Academy, By At this time, however, it appears
Chaples Buck, ls, that in accomodation to the pre: MR. Buck's text is Rom. x, 14, judices of his hearers, he wrote his 15," How shall they hear without discourses out at length; and, for 4 preacher,' &c. "The principal dethe most part, read them. When sign of this discourse is to display expelled from this place for hiş fide- the great importance of the gospel lity in the discharge of his ministe- ministry, as it“ diffuses sonod knowrial office, he left a number of MSS, ledge, excites pure benevolence, enwith his friend, the present editor, sures real happiness, and terminates who, since his death has, apparently in the everlasting salvation of imwith much judgment, selected those mortal souls !"
Each of these par: before us as a memorial to his ticulars is suitably illustrated: after friends and hearers, and not with which the preacher proceeds to show out respect to their further useful: how much the character of a minis.
ter of the gospel rişes above that of Mr. Gunn's manner of preaching the hero, the philosopher, the pa. is so well known, that we think a triot, the orator, or the philanthro. specimen unnecessary.
He never pist. aimed at oratory; but be constant. In the improvement of the subly endeavoured to deliver the most ject, he invites his hearers to thank, momentous truths in the most sim: fulness for a gospel ministry: he ple and appropriate language. His supposes that not less than 10,000, doctrine was always evangelical as ministers lift up their voices every well as practical; and his address Sabbath-day in Great Britain, to was immediately to the heart and proclaim the glad tidings of salva. conscience of his hearers : a me- tion. He considers it also as a mat. thod of preaching followed with a ter of great thankfulness, that our blessing; and wbich produces effects religious liberty remains untouch that artificial eloquence attempts in ed; and that we can promote a gos. vain. To Mr. Gunn's numerous pel ministry without being impeded hearers and admirers, hovever, do, by human interdictions. On which thing need be said to recommend subject he quolęs a passage from his these Sernions, but that they are Majesty's late speech : " It has undoubiedly genuine ; to others we ever been my object to secure to all wili oniy add, that they will make a my subjects the benefits of religious valuable addition to the stock of toleration; and it affords me pecuserirone adapted for village reading liar gratification to reflect, that durand for private fanies in the mid- ing my reign ihose advantages have dle and lover cla ses.
been more generally and extensively Asiote Letiers, to many readers enjoyed tban at any former period. these will be even more interesiing r. B. also recommends the ea. than the Discoll, ses. They are couragement of a regular gospel fariously additused; but most of ministry, and the means which most
effectually promote it. “Somc," Voyages to Portugal, Spain, Sicily: says he, 's are too forward in puff- Malta, Asia Minor, Egypt, 8c ing up those who despise humaa from 1796 in 1801; wiih in Hist learning; and because they can torical Sketch and Occasional Repreach for an hour together on some flections. By Francis Collins, latt odd text, or spiritualize every thing Lieutenant of his Majesty's Ship they meet with in Scriptore, that, Dolphin, 12m0, 48. fine, 6s, therefore, they stand in no peed of instructions froin such institutions
Books of Voyages and Travels as those: but let us never encourage tions and suggestions of an imunoral
more frequently abound with reflecsuch a spirit, -rather let us set our
nature, tban with such as tend to faces against it; and where we can fiod pious and gifted young men,
We are glade improve the mind, let
therefore, to see an exception to the MS encourage them to seek those ad. vantages which these semiyaries af general custom, for the author
writes like a man who fears God.
and who desires to instruct as welt The preacher introduces several
as entertain his readors. Anecdotes, which enliven his dis.
The book is certainly not written course ; and concludes with the fol.
in the first style of elegance, nor ing “ Finally, let us more than
will it convey much information to ever aim at the conversion of spuls,
persons who have read the larger - let us fever address our cougrez geographical works; nevertheless, gations as if they were all convert, ed, let us preach to the heart, tive to young persons, especially
it will be found pleasing and instrucand beg of God to give us a zealous
as the ancient state of the places and faithful spirit.
It is said of
mentioned is given, together with Cicero, that, when he delivered his
an account of their prescut condiorations, the people were so charm
tion. ed, that every eye was fixed on
This work is recommended by hini; but that when Demosthenes the Rev. John Campbell, author of pleaded against Philip, every eye Worlds Displayed, who observes in was fixed, not on the orator, but on
his Preface, " That amʻng the Subthe object, s that the whole cou
scribers te it, there are several of gregation row up and exclaiinod; ficers of the navy, whose names it “ Down with Philip!
down with Philip i - down with Philip!” O into more of his Majesty's ships.”
is hoped, will introduce the book that we could so preach, that our On the whole, we think it will
prove hearers, one and all, might exclaim,
a useful and agreeable book to a Down with the word! -dowa with sin ! - down with errori – dowa great number of our readers. with self !---down with every thing, that Christ alone may be exalted and
A new edition of Stanhope's Tho. many valuable hints; and will tend, a Kempis, 12mo, is in the
press. we trust, to correct the mistakes of Mr. Wrangham's Buchanan Ser. those persons (if they can read, and
on translating the Scriptures will read this sermo ) who prefer an into the Oriental Languages, with iguorant to an enlightened ininistry. Notes, &c. will appear very shortly.
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Quebec, without a bed, I was not
able to undertake preaching the Extraol of a Leiler frem Mr. Reid.
Lord's Day I staid in town, except
once in the evening to a number of Glengary, Upper Canada, Gaelic people I got collected. These Jan 5, 1807.
listened to the word with very great The prospect of usefulness in this attention. country is not at all discouraging, Oct. 16. Left Montreal, and came though, as in every place, it is not to Williamstown, in the county of free from obstacles. Through the Glengary, on the 20th, Here I whole of Lower Cana’la, and till you called on the person whose letter ap. come up, perhaps, 40 iniies above peared in the Missionary Magazine Montreal, you would be surprized for April, 1806. He gave me a las at seeing so many splendid churches, mentable account of the state of remuch more numerous than they are ligion in the country: After resting in Scotland, all possessed by Roman myself a day or two, I called on the Catholics, without any Protestani minister of the place, and asked liplace of worship, except in Quebec berty to preach in bis meeting.house and Montreal.
on the Lord's Day, which he readiThe county of Glengary, where I ly granted. Accordingly word went have taken up iny station, is all out, that a New Minister from Scotinhabited by Highlanders, a few land, as they called me, was to English and Dutch excepted; of preach to them on Sabbath ; and a whom the one half, if not more, for great many came to hear. They I cannot be certain,
are Roman heard with very great attention, and Catholics. These are divided into some were in tears. I could scarcely two large parishes ; in each they see any Bibles or Psalm - Books have a chapel and a priest. The
A great number of others are Presbyterians. The lat. them, particularly those that came ter have four places of worship, but from Bredalbane, exulted with jog. only one minister.
that I came to preach among them, In order to give you some notion A new enquiry now began through of my proceedings, and a general the whole country respecting me; view of the religious stule of this Whence I had come ? who sent country, I shall transcribe a part of for me? - who was to support me? py Journal, though it is but ua- and what was my religion? To interesting
all these questions they would give I came to Montreal the 6th of answers, among themselves, with October, 1806. During my stay the certainty of an oracle. Some there, I was introduced into the said I was a Methodist, &c. When conpany of various people of dif- they were going home, after hearferent sentiinsats ; and some, as it ing me the first day, one of them appeared io ne, of no religious sen- said to his neighbour," I was telling Timenis at all, except“ that God is you that he is a Methodist.” His infinitely gool, therefore he will not neighbour replied, * How do you destroy nis creatures for their frail- know it now and what know, tres, which are unavoidable.”Amony ledge have you of the Methodists ?" thes, s»ne would disparage my de The man confessed he never heard a sign with a saeer, others ivould af. Methodist; and the reason why he fect to applaudil; but recollecting, supposed that I was one was, that! that not by might nor by power the proved every thing I said from the temple was to be rebuilt, but by the Scripture, Spirit of God, I remuned as I was Nov. 2. Preached in the Indian betore, uanoved. In consequence
Land, which is at the distance of of having got cold, coming up a ten miles froin the place where I part of the river in a boat from first preached, to about 250 bearers,
the greater part of whom are from prayer-meetings that ever were held Perthshire, Good attention in the country, nor of many famigiven to the word, and some were lies by whom family-worship is ob. in tears; but I lay no manner of served. stress on either tears or groans. I do not view these as symptoms of Extract of a Lelter from Mr. Dickio any good being done, unless I see that they have received the know
Quebec, March 17, 1807. ledge of the gospel of salvation. Mr. Reid's application for a They were remarkably glad that I supply of Bibles, &c. is a favourable came to the country. I distributod omen. When the people in any Tracts among them; which they re- place begin to enquire after the deived most thankfully. After l'had Bible, it shows that their teachers gone through this part of the coun- call their attention to the Scriptry where Protestants live, I pur- tures, and that their minds are some posed to visit another Gaelic settle- way engaged with what they have ment, called Glenelg. The people heard. Nothing but the word of there are from Glenelg, in the north God will be the mean of opening of Scotland; and, if their means of the blind eyes, and of turning men instruction when at home were from darkness unto light ; yet we scanty, they are now destitute alto. may see the great advantages of gether Few of these, alas! are sending preachers into those places able to read the Bible. Having a where the people are living without letter of introduction to a person the knowledge of God. These that stays there, I came to his house people were not seeking the Scripand presented it to him: on receipt tures until our brother went among of which, he told me, though they them; and though some of them had much need of a churchman (to might wish to have them, yet they use his own phrase) yet they were did not perhaps know how to ob. not fond of me, because I was not tain them. This should animate the of their religion.
He, however, minds of the brethren who have brought me to his house, and en- the spread of the gospel at heart, tertained me very hospitably. He to exert themselves to the utmost of asked me, What could my religion their power, in sending out Missionbe, when I was neither a Papist, aries to the destitute parts of the por an Episcopalian, nor a Protest- world ; when they consider that it ant ? I told him that I was a Pro- is not merely the instructions which testant;
and expressed my surprize such Missionaries administer from if he heard any thing to the con- which they may look for success, trary. I then stated my reason for but that they have also good reason coming to this country, - that it to expect the natural effect of scrip was solely on purpose to preach the tural preaching, viz. attention to gospel of salvation to my country- the Scriptures themselves which men, who, I understood, were very will naturally lead them to seek to destitute of the means of instruc- hate copies of the Bible.
Tlius a tion; and that I would preach no- preacher or two sent to a destitute thing to them but the plain doc- corner, by preaching the docirines trines of the Bible. When tbey of the Bible, they become like the heard it insinuated, that they were leaven hid in the measures of meal, in need of the gospel, they gave by which many, it is hopeli, will be thanks to God that they had no leavened. The consideration of this reason to complain. On Sabbath, should encourage such of our brehowever, about 150 came together; thren as have received gitis for pube and were apparently well pleased. lic instruction, to so forth to the After service was over, they thank- help of the Lord, - to the help of ed me for my trouble ; and request- the Lord against the mighty. ed me to come again.
I think there is good reason to Though I bave been going up believe, that many more teachers and down through the country since will soon be wanted in that quarter I came, ! have got no notice of any
where brother Reid is now labour.
ing. Indeed, many more are wanted and children, and also a number of already, but it would not perhaps Indians, some of whom can speak a be prudent to send too many at first, little English. The women wilo are 28 the people would not be able to there are mostly all fodians. The give them support. Yet this diffi- baglish hate them as their wivesi culty could be removed by little and though I understand they are not little. I think, however, that one married, having no person to perGaelic brother should be sent out form that ceremony.
These wothe first summer, if possible, to as- men learn the English tongue; and sist Mr. Reid; and I ardently wish the cbildren ail speak English.
İB that one English brother could be all these six factories, there is neither found to come out with him, who preacher vor schoolmaster. would either go to Elizabeth Town, Now you may easily imagine what or remain in Quebec, and let me go a deplorable state these poor crea. to it.
tures must be in, from ignorance I mentioned in a letter I sent and wickedness. Several hundreds home last year, that I thought, by
own countrymen, several the blessing of God, it might be of hundreds of women and children, great service to the interest of reli- and still a greater number of ingion, if
get one or two dians, all without any religious in: preachers to go as itinerants through struction. In some of the factories, the upper provinces of Canada, and the gentleman who acts as Goverthe western parts of the States. I nor, reads the Common Prayer: received no information from the Book on the Sabbath - day; and brethren, whether they intended to some of thein who have lately come adopt any thing of the kind or not. from Britain have Bibles: but the I take this opportunity of mention. young men told me, that Bibles ing to you, that I am still of the same were very rare among them. They nind as when I then wrote, I am mentioned also, that some person fully persyaded, that such a plan brought a few religious tracts; and might be productive of many happy gave them away among the people; consequences; and I think it could which they received very gladly: be carried into effect with very small Some days ago, I had a letter expence.
from Mr. Pidgeon, Missionary at i have another object to which I New Carlisle ; in which he mentions beg leave to call the attention of the the situation of the people in Hudchurches; that is, the situation of son's Bay in the same terms almost a number of our fellow-crealuros with the persons who called op me. who live in the south and west sides He had his information from some of Hudson's Bay, and who are alto- people who had also come from it gether without the means of reli- of late. gious instruction. A few days ago,
Now I think, if a proper person two young men callod on me, and could be got to go out there, it told 'ine that they had laiely cene would be a great blessing to the poor from that place, where thoy had people. It would be necessary for been residing for three years. They him to act as a schoolmaster as well wanted some Bibles and other reli. as a preacher. He might not only gious books. I was sorry that I bad be useful among them who under: Do Bibles to give them: I gave stand English, but he might learn them some tracts; and told them the Indian tongue; for I am told, that I expected to have some Bibles that all the Indians who meet there in the month of May. They gave speak the saine language, which is me an account of the situation of not the case in many parts of Ame. the place where they had been ; rica. I am also told, that from the which was truly affecting. On tnat simple and limited nature of their side of the bay there are six facto- language, it is very easily acquired.
in each of which there are To be able to speak to them in their about 60 men, who have originaliy own dialect would be a noble and come from Britain, besides women quisition,