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moting the best interests of man- exceeded him in the scriptural kiud. Sunday Schools, the Reli- accuracy, the edifying copiousgious Tract Society, Missionary ness, or the evangelical savour of Institutions, all found in Mr. Tay- his prayers. ler a friend who knew not what it His religious sentiments, ever was to be weary in well-doing. since I have had the privilege of To the British and Foreign Bible his acquaintance, were on all Society he was most warmly at- leading points, decidedly evantached : and amidst the inroads gelical. On most topics his views of great bodily feebleness and in- were similar to those of Baxter, firmity, he has pleaded its cause Watts, and more especially Dodat public meetings, while his name dridge. It had been his labour and appears amongst its most liberal his prayer, that the sentiments friends and supporters.

and the spirit of these excellent But from this rapid sketch, I men might be copiously diffuseil ; must turn to topics more iminedi- and the labour and the prayer, ately interesting to ourselves. Of blessed be God, were not wholly the CHRISTIAN CHARACTER of in vain. our departed friend I think myself From my entrance on my conqualified to speak with certain nexion with this church and conknowledge. He was an eminently gregation in the year 1806, he has devout and holy man; and exhi- been accustomed occasionally in bited, in every part of his character the afternoon to mingle in our and conduct, much of the mind of worship. And he has very often Christ. It was my honour and expressed to me in terms, which privilege to be admitted to his ac- it would not become me to repeat, quaintance about fifty years ago, his growing satisfaction. I bave while I was a student at Homerton. been favoured with many opporThe spiritual and heavenly turn of tunities of intimate converse with bis conversation, and of the advice him on religious topics. And alwith wbich he favoured me, when though it would not, I think, be I visited him in the venerable correct to say, that his opinions mansion at Newington, were such, had undergone any considerable I then thought, and still think, as change, yet I am firmly conmight have proceeded, some years vinced, that, for several years before, on the same spot, from the past, he both felt and expressed amiable and pious Dr. Watts. I far more of “ the savour of the remember, particularly, the earnest- knowledge of Christ," of the enness with which he recommended lightening and invigorating into me the works of some of the fluence of the Gospel, than old Nonconformists, particularly had been formerly exhibited. He the practical writings of Howe“

grace, and in the and Baxter. His sermons, which knowledge of our Lord and SaI occasionally heard at the Sal- viour Jesus Christ.” You will ters' Hall lecture, and sometimes, be gratified with my selection of after I entered the ministry, in my two or three particulars. About own pulpit at Hammersmith, were two years and


when serious and spiritual. But his I had mentioned to him the tranprayers, both in public and in the quil hopes of a Christian friend family, were almost pre-eminently whom he well knew, and who excellent. I do not remember to was then supposed to be near the have ever joined in devotional end of his journey, though in exercises with any individual who mercy to many he still survives,

grew in

a half


he said, “ I have outlived most The only additional circumof my old friends; yet there is stance to which I shall refer, is much to recollect with gratitude, his proposal to unite in occasional and much to look forward to with communion with us in this place. hope.” I took up the last sen It was in November 1830 that he timent, and said, « In your cir- first mentioned his desire. It had cumstances, how great a blessing never been mentioned to him by is the hope of the Gospel!” myself, or by any of his own fa“ Yes,” he replied, “and I can mily, or by any other individual. truly say I rejoice in hope.” It arose spontaneously in his own After a pause, he added, “But mind, after very deep, and serious, , it is a humble hope, I have no and painful consideration. When dependence on myself. It would he first spoke of it to me, he had be a poor hope indeed, if it were not previously intimated it to any to rest on any thing which I have

On that occasion, he redone in the way of merit. No: peated many of the things already all my hope rests on the media. mentioned, as to his views and tion and sacrifice of my Divine dependencies, and added, with Redeemer-his atoning sacrifice. many tears,

6. It is with me a Some people profess to believe in matter of conscience.” We had the atonement, but they make no the solemn pleasure of witnessing use of it. Now, I look on the his union with us at the Lord's priesthood and sacrifice of the table every mouth, from DecemSon of God as the only ground ber, 1830, to July, 1831. to support those expectations With what deep and devout which covenant God has feelings, too much for his enfeebled called forth in my heart.” He frame, he joined in the service, likewise said, “ Whoever is right, we have witnessed with sympathy I am sure if the Gospel be true, and delight. I can never lose the the Socinians are altogether wrong. impression produced on my mind, And I see no material difference on hearing him as he sat by my between them and the Arians: side, with feeble lips and a falfor, without entering into minutiæ tering voice, but with peculiar which cannot understand, energy of devotion, the tears trickChrist and the Father are one; ling down his cheeks, join in singand the Saviour's participation of ing, at the commemorative table, the Divine Nature is that which that expressive stanza, gives efficacy to his sacrifice.”

“ We see the blood of Jesus shed He then exclaimed, with great Whence all our hopes arise ; feeling, “ Grace, grace! This is The sinner views th' atonemeņt made, the sum, and substance, and

And loves the sacrifice.” centre, and source of salvation." In the month of July, with the

On another occasion, when a hope of some little benefit from brother minister, whom I met at change of air, he removed to a his house, reminded him of that temporary abode at Peckham; precious promise on which he had and, on the first Lord's Day in lived much more than fourscore August, he partook of the Lord's years, “ I will never leave thee Supper with Dr. Collyer and his nor forsake thee,” he replied with church. That was his last atten

energy peculiar to himself, dance on public ordinances. He “O! that promise applied to had anticipated meeting us on the the beart is worth ten thousand same occasion on the first Sbabath worlds."

in September, before which time





he had returned to London. But servations, or the testimony of his although the spirit was willing, personal friends. the flesh was weak. It was im We regarded it to be a privipractible.

lege of no ordinary kind to conThe great and extreme feeble verse with this venerated man, who, ness to which he was now reduced, though deprived in his latter years of and his total inability to converse, the light of day, manifested all that rendered it unsuitable for me to calm resignation to the will of Prosee him, exceptiog on two occa- vidence, and those holy aspirations sions, when the whole time of the after “ celestial light,” which Milinterview, not exceeding five mi- ton has so felicitously expressed nutes, were occupied in prayer; in some of his touching poems.* in which it was manifest, from the On one occasion, speaking of expression of his countenance, the doctrine of the Atonement, he and the lifting up of his hands, exclaimed,

66 The Atonement! that he devoutly and cordially Why, it is the foundation of the joined. It is delightful to meet, Gospel—the key-stone of the arch and consoling to part with a Chris

--the only consolation of a poor tian friend, at the throne of grace, sinner. O! what should I do, if while we look forward to a hap- there were no atonement ?" pier interview above, and think of He delighted to encourage his • Christ in 'ùs the hope of glory.” younger brethren to preach in a

How applicable to the state of lively, evangelical, practical strain; mind as well as body, of our dear and was cheered by any intelliand venerated friend, are the beau. gence of their ministerial success. tiful lines, which the Rev. Charles Having remarked to one, “ Ah! Wesley dictated a few days before you are a working, but I am only his death:

a waiting servant,” he was re

minded of Milton's words, “ In age and feebleness extreme,

66 Thousands at his bidding speed, Who shall a sinful worm redeemi? Jesus, my only hope thou art,

And pass o’er 'land and ocean without Strength of my failing flesh and beart,

rest; O could I catch a smile from thee,

They also serve who only stand and

wait." And drop into eternity.”

To which he replied, “ Well, I And such was his tranquil dis

am thankful for that-I would mission. Gently and insensibly wait his blessed will." With how he became weaker and weaker, much fervency he maintained his until Lord's Day the 23d of Oc- devotional habits and long comtober, 'when about five in the munings with God in prayer, the afternoon he ceased to breathe. members of his household can The Lord Jesus had received his readily declare; nor did he omit spirit. He had 'entered his nine, the most solemn observance of certy-seventh year on the 10th of tain anniversary days of extraorSeptember. Then was the ancient promise fulfilled, “ With

* We scarcely need refer our readers long life 'will I satisfy him, and

to Milton's 19th and 22d sovnet, or to his show him my salvation.”

most beautiful and touching address to

light in the opening of the third book of It is with peculiar satisfaction Paradise Lost, which, however opposed that we add a few 'particulars to

to the strict laws of epic poetry, is so

felicitious and tender, that no man of the preceding account of Mr. taste, feeling, or piety should be ignorant Tayler, derived from our own ob- of it.

dinary devotion until his powers. Esq. who had been, through a failed him, a few days before his long series of years, associated decease.

with him in Mr. Coward's Trusts, Mr.Tayler never published much. and two or three other single ser

He printed a funeral sermon mons on public occasions. for his predecessor and friend, the Mr. Tayler having enjoyed the Rev. Mr. Pickard, of Carter Lane, almost paternal regard of the Rev. of which Mr. Orton said, “ It was B. Fawcett, of Kidderminster, was an exceeding good one, and worth requested, by the church and conperusal."*

gregation there, to preach the In 1803, he issued from the funeral sermon of his venerated press a volume of " Sermons upon friend and pastor, which duty he subjects interesting to Christians performed greatly to the satisfaction of every denomination," which, of the people, who, without effect, however respectable and serious, requested him to publish it. Mr. we have the best means of know- Job Orton says, " It was an exing were not satisfactory to his cellent sermon; in which he gave own mind at a later period, and him a just and honourable chathat if he had published a second racter." Mr. Tayler was, howvolume, the character of the dis- ever, at a subsequent period, precourses would have been


upon to give a copy of the different.

sermon to be annexed to Mr. Faw. He also gave to the public, in cett's “Grand Inquiry.** 1810, a sermon on the death of We are not aware that he was his very old friend, Joseph Paice, the author of any other publications.

* Orton's Letters, vol. i. page 197.

* Orton's Letters, vol. ii. page 104.


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We are happy to invite the attention of our readers to the following article, which we transcribe from a respectable American journal, published at Boston, entitled, The Spirit of the Pilgrims," as it contains many historical facts worthy of their notice in connection with the proposed formation of a Congregational Union.

Editors. On the subject of Communion the individual churches in one great, between different churches, there universal or national church. The are extremes on either hand. There most eminent example of this is the is the extreme of regarding the church of Rome. Between these churches as in all respects separate extremes, there is a scriptural meand disconnected communities, ac dium, which it will be my object, knowledging no mutual responsi- in this paper, to point out. bilities, and having little or That the scriptures authorise the intercourse one with another. 1 existence of individual or congrerecollect no example of this na- gational churches, I have no doubt. ture in the ancient churches. The Nothing is plainer than that such Brownists, in the latter part of churches are frequently spoken of the sixteenth century, approached

in the New 'l'estament. We read nearer to it than any previous sect. of " the church at Jerusalem," " the - The other extreme goes to merge

church at Antioch,” “ the church at

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Babylon," and " the church of and irregularities,-implying that God, which is at Corinth.” We they had the power, and that it was read also of “ the churches of Ju- their duty, to remove them. Indea,” the churches of Galatia,” deed, the existence of individual, “ the churches of the Gentiles,” congregational churches is so plainly and “ the seven churches which attested in the New Testament, that are in Asia.” These churches are I wonder it should ever have been spoken of, not as one body, but as disputed. several religious bodies, in some I proceed to show, that between degree separate and distinct one these churches there exist important from another.

connexions, and that a degree of The members of these churches communion should be maintained. were accustomed to assemble in This will be evident from the one place for religious worship. On character of those who, according the day of Pentecost, the church at to the Gospel, are to compose these Jerusalem were assembled “ with churches. All the members of a one accord, in one place.” The church are required to be regenechurch at Antioch were gathered rated persons, real Christians, true together," in one assembly, when members of Christ's invisible kingPaul and Barnabas “ rehearsed all dom. It cannot be doubted that that God had done with them, and persons of this character are bound how he had opened the door of together by many ties, and that, in faith unto the Gentiles.” Acts xiv. the primitive age especially, their 27. The apostle addresses the union was marked and manifest. church at Corinth, as being accus- They were brethren and sisters of tomed to “ come together in one the same holy family, united in a place.” 1 Cor. xiv. 23. Upon common cause, and exposed to the first day of the week,” the common dangers and enemies; and church at Troas, “ came together for though they resided in different to break bread.” Acts xx. 7. places, and belonged to different

These churches are spoken of in particular churches or congregathe New Testament, not only as tions, still the bonds of their affecdistinct bodies, but as exercising tion were not broken or impaired. separate and independent powers. Now it is not possible to conceive The church at Jerusalem appointed that churches, religious communione to the Apostleship in place of ties, composed of persons such as Judas. This church, also, in the these, should not have been in many presence, and at the instance of the ways united. True, these commuApostles, chose its own deacons. nities had each its particular organiActs i. 23 ; vi. 5. The church at zation, and no one of them had Antioch ordained Paul and Bar- any authority over another ; but nabas, and sent them forth unto the being composed of persons heathen. Acts xiii. 3. The church closely drawn together in affection at Corinth laboured with, reclaimed and interest, a degree of union beand restored the incestuous brother. tween them would be natural and 1 Cor. v. 5; 2 Cor. ii. 7. 'The inevitable. Accordingly, we learn churches of Macedonia chose dele- from the manner in which the prigates to travel with Paul and others, mitive churches are spoken of, and and carry their contributions to the from a variety of circumstances poor. 2 Cor. viii. 19. The seven recorded respecting them, that such churches in Asia were reproved union and communion did actually and censured for existing errors exist. N.S, NO. 85.


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