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a few hours before his dissolu- | excellent of men. He died just tion.”
after twelve o'clock, on “ Last Tuesday, my dear same day on which Pearce closed Mr. Webb breathed his last; his life fifteen years before." and I was called to pass through Thus terminated the journey such a scene, as I had never of my invaluable friend through witnessed before, and of which this waste-howling wilderness, I had no expectation : I had on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 1814; not seen him during his illness. and, on the following Saturday, On the afternoon of the day on his remains were deposited at which he died, I learned that he the Baptist Chapel, Cannonasked to see mé.
I entered Street; and the event, improved his room with a sinking heart, by a suitable discourse, deliverbut my imagination had pictur- ed from Micah, vii. 9: “ I will ed nothing equal to the reality bear the indignation of the Lord, of his wasted form. His eyes, because I have sinned against half closed, had all the glossi- him,” by his pastor, the Rev. ness of death. He took both Mr. Birt. my hands within his; and, for In his person, Mr. Webb was some time, seemed unable to above the ordinary stature, and speak; after a pause he attempt of spare habit. In his youth his ed it, and Mrs. Webb_caught countenance was ruddy, but it some sounds, which I could was not the blush of health. His not distinguish. She heard him appearance altogether presented say, 'I could speak with rap-what medical persons would ture of the eternity I am about consider as indicative of strong to enter, but my strength fails predisposition to consumption. mę. I then heard, My sins When in health, there was a peare pardoned through Jesus culiar brilliancy and expressives Christ we shall meet ness in his eye. His manners again.
were of the blandest kind. The After this, he placed Mrs. tones of his voice, and a peculiWebb's hand in mine, and, as arity of smile that seldom disaphe still laboured to speak, Ipeared, indicated that his bosom begged him not to exhaust him- was not often the abode of tuself, and told him, I knew what multuous passions. To this he wished, and would be to her tranquillity, the continuance of every thing that I could. His so feeble a constitution, to the lips continued to move a con- age of thirty-five years, must siderable time, as he held our principally be attributed. - It hands, but not a word was “ like the light of the evenaudible. I conjecture he was ing, when the sun setteth ; an engaged in prayer. After a word evening without clouds.” or two more, he lay as if faint His mind formed a complete and exhausted, and then fell into contrast to his sickly body. It an uneasy sort of slumber, in was in his case, as it is somewhich state I left him; and where observed of Baxter, thus ended my intercourse with “ That he was equally famous one of the most amiable and for weakness of body and
strength of mind." This men could be ' acquired in his cir: tal soundness in Mr. Webb cumstances, which, with a heart was happily combined with an formed by the genuine' spirit inartificial humility,' which, at of goodness, and, in character, önce; vailed and adorned his a rectitude of principle, united other excellencies. He had a with benevolence of disposition power,a flexibility of mind, which and sweetness of temper, conwould have rendered 'him dis-stituted my excellent friendiju. tinguished in whatever he had It is probable that, if his pursued. His apprehensions health had allowed the experiwere quick, his judgment sound, ment, he would not have made and his táşte correct. With a popular preacher. His voice, these advantages, there was though harmoniously sweet, was combined. no peculiarity nor not powerful; a nervous temeccentricity, but he united great perament would, perhaps, have industry, without which, geni- prevented his enjoying a per: us is seldom of much use. fect self-possession in the pulThe observation is, perhaps, of pit. The judicious would have pretty general application ; ' but always been pleased, and those, it certainly applies with great whose piety preferred sense to force to him, that the road to sound, could not have attended literary eminence was encum on his ministry without profit. bered with difficulty. He built Mr. Webb possessed good at the wall of the temple of conversational talents. The science, like the Jews at that of happy manner in which he im Jerusalem, in troublous times. proved the leişure of his pupils
The energy and decision of in free intercourse, on, general his mind continued to the end; subjects, greatly contributed to and the remnant of bodily the popularity of his school. strength, that survived the ex- In his youth, he might have haustion of repeated attacks occasionally indulged in point from disease, was brought to and wit to the wounding of the bear to the best possible ad-feelings of his companions, but vantage. He was great in the maturity of age, together with midst of his ruins.—He possess- affliction, completely removed ed the true criterion of genius; this defect, and left but the an ardour and enthusiasm in pleasantness of repartee, in his researches, which were un- which he often playfully in quenchable ; which not merely dulged, to the gratification of produced the most powerful in- social intercourse and epistolary fluence in his own exertions, correspondence. Several speci. but led him perpetually to mens would be introduced, but stimulate his correspondents from a fear of protracting this and , friends. His studies so article to undue length, and of delighted him, that they formed stepping beyond the bounds of a rest, if not a recreation, from the subjects to which this misthe toils of the school-room, cellany is appropriated:
His capacious mind was fill- Mr. Webb enjoyed a cheered with as much learning as fülness of spirits, which bis
afflictions could not subdue. received in the course of our As an illustration of which, I correspondence, I have not cannot forbear quoting from found one that is without exone of the last letters I re- pressions of tenderness; and, ceived. In describing his jour- under some distressing bereaveney from his house to the chapel, ments and afflictions which have he writes : “ The announced fallen to my lot, the sentiments approach of winter, and the ad-of my invaluable correspondent vanced guard of Eolus, oblige are so just, and expressed so me, when I venture out; to put kindly, that nothing but a fear on the whole panoply of self- of swelling this article, supdefence; with mouth and nose presses the most ample epismuffled up in silk, and eyes tolary proofs of the wisdom, steadily fixed upon my mother piety, and sympathy of my earth, fearful of encountering friend. the wrathful countenance of It has been generally imagin• Eurus, Boreas, Notasque, creberque ed, and the conjecture is proprocellis Africus.
bably supported but too powerI recollect of Milton's Mam- fully, that an ardent pursuit of
literary topics, especially those : Een in heaven his thoughts were al- of a philological cast, is unways downward bent,
favourable to spirituality of afAdmiring most the riches of heav'n's pavement.'
fection, and proper pursuit of ,;" I hope my thoughts are not heavenly objects. Possibly my always downward bent, though literary friend might have suf
fered from this circumstance, my eyes areYou, perhaps were never so fóolish' as to wish but for his afflictions, which yourself a bird of passage; will were certainly preventatives to you forgive me for wishing it the
decay of the cause of vital especially when you recollect piety, while that of literature what Michael Bruce says of was thriving. He was puncthe cuckoo, that
tiliously attentive to the religi• He has no sorrow in his
ous concerns of the family;
song, Nor winter in his year.'
regularly conducted their mornHis condition is certainly ing and evening devotions, exunique : very few others, either cept when prevented by indiswith feathers or without them, position, and frequently availed are so highly favoured.' I rank himself of striking incidents that 'with a less enviable class; with might have oecurred in the tortoises, snails, &c. who with neighbourhood, or were narratdraw into their shells for the ed in the papers, in order to winter, in preference to produce proper impressions in Starting and shivering in the inconstant
the school - room, and on the wiod,'
minds of the domestics. and thus find security in torpor I cannot conclude, without and stupidity."
sincerely regretting, that some The heart of my friend was masterly observer, who enjoyed highly sympathetic. In look- and improved greater opporing over a number of letters, tunities than myself, had not undertaken to delineate a more He that has a treasure comperfect picture of the great and mitted to him by the owner, and amiable mind of Mr. Webb. takes the care and charge of it, Our personal intercourse was not as his own possession, but but of short duration. It com- only to improve, or keep it for menced, and, with the excep- an appointed time, for him to tion of a slight interview of a whom the proper possession few hours, about two years belongs, must return that treasince, it closed with our college sure to the owner, when his pursuits at Bristol. I have time is out; and is accountable been privileged for several years to him how he has fulfilled that with frequent and free episto- which he undertook; and if any lary correspondence; and it is precious jewel be missing, he from this circumstance, together must give an account of it. So with the recollections I retain of must ministers give an account college intimacy, after a lapse of the souls committed to their of fifteen years, that I have at- care. tempted this slight and feeble The office and work of miportraiture of my friend. It ap- nisters are not to last always; pears late, in consequence of their care of souls is but for a the materials not coming into limited season; and when that my possession till a few days is expired, they must return to ago; and certainly would not their master to give an account. have appeared at all, but at the After what manner they must solicitation of his widow, and be called to an account, may in compliance with a request, be shewn in these two things. dictated by the partiality of 1. The event of things, with friendship; and expressed in the regard to the souls committed hour of dissolution.
to them, will be enquired into. W. H. ROWE.
As there are so many precious Weymouth, April 1st, 1815.
souls committed to their care by Christ, so hereafter it will be enquired what is become of those souls. As if
As if a person ORDINATION SERMON. has a number of precious jewels
committed to him to keep, (Continued from page 183.)
when the time of rendering up I come now to the fourth, the property entrusted to him and last thing, in the doctrinal arrives, the state of it will handling of the text, viz. That be examined, that it may ministers hereafter must give an be seen' whether any jewel be account to him that committed lacking or not; and if any be precious souls to their care. missing, an account must be
Christ's committing souls to given, what is become of it. ministers' care and charge, and The charge of a minister is, in entrusting them with them as scripture, represented by that servants or stewards, necessarily of a steward, to whom the supposes them to be account- householder, going into a far able to their master.
country, commits his goods;
and, when he returns, expects the gracious reward of their
and to those whose souls are to 2. It will be enquired how be committed to his care. far the results of that period have First, I would apply myself been owing to their faithfulness to you, dear Sir, to whose care or unfaithfulness in the trust re- the great Redeemer, and Head posed in them. If any precious of the church is this day comsoul shall be found lacking, it will mitting a number of precious be enquired how this comes to souls in this place. I beseech pass; they must give an ac- you now to suffer the word of count what they have done with exhortation this solemn this and that soul that was occasion ;- suffer me to put you missing, whether they were lost in mind how great the person through their neglect or no; is, with whom you are immedithey must give an account what ately and chiefly concerned in care they have taken, and what the affair of this day, even the diligence they have used, and great Shepherd of the sheep, whether or no they can wash and glorious Lord of heaven their hands from guilt with re- and earth, who is to be your spect to them. It shall be ex- and our judge. You present amined by an eye that is like yourself this day before him, to a flame of fire, whether the receive at his hands a sacred blood of souls that are lost is deposit, a great treasure, a not indeed to be found in their number of souls that are to skirts. We find, in the parable exist through all eternity, each of the great supper, that the of which is infinitely more servants that are sent out to precious than all the precious invite guests, return from time gems that the earth affords. to time to their master, to give And I beseech you to consider him' an account, both of the to how great a purpose he is event in their success,, with re- about to commit them to your spect to some to whom ithey care , and keeping; it is, that were sent, and unsuccessfulness they, by means of your faithful with regard to others, and also care and watchfulness, may be of their own doings and faith- saved with an everlasting salvafulness, whereby they are clear tion. You may judge how of the guilt of their unsuccess-much Christ will insist upon it fulness, and are commended to that you should exercise great