« НазадПродовжити »
wards drew up for themselves; ago, I could never have left nor for the opinions of the ar- them come what would, whatbitrators; nor for the advice ever I do now. I went home given by the umpire, Mr. Ro- to my house with a heart full binson of Cambridge ; nor for of distress, and my strength the remarks upon the whole nearly exhausted with the work proceedings by Mr. Hall; &c. and weeping of the day.* Suffice it to say, that Mr. Fuller “ The next day, August 12, concluded to stop at Soham I devoted to fasting and
prayer, another year.
and found special outgoings of In October, 1782, he came heart, and encouragement to with his family to reside at Ket-pray from many scriptures. I tering. In the preceding Au- scarcely remember such a day gust, he wrote to a friend as for tenderness, and importunity follows: 16** * * The most in prayer in my
life. Two days unféigned sorrow, I believe, after, I felt my spirits all the prevailed in almost every heart. morning exceedingly depressed; For my own part, I found it but I got alone, and found a exceedingly difficult to go on heart to pray, with, I think, in preaching, and to keep from greater importunity than I had weeping quite out. I hastened, done before. It seemed as if as soon as worship was over, I must have my petition granted, to get alone, and there to give or I could not live. The last a full vent to all my sorrows. sabbath was a tender day, but We had a private evening meet- not like the sabbath before. ing, which was more trying to “ Truly, Sir, nothing but the me than the day. I saw a thoughts of an open door for spirit in the church in general, greater usefulness in Christ's which had I seen half a year cause (surely this is not an illus
* Is not this a practical comment upon Philip. i. 7,8?“Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart ;—for God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.'' And upon 2 Cor. vii. 3? “ Ye are in our hearts to live and die with you."
'There was much in the church at Soham to engage his affection. During the little while,” say they, in their case, “ he hath preached the word among us, about thirty have joined us. Out of these, about twenty were converted under his preaching: Four were baptized and added in the last year. And we hope the word hath been blessed to the conversion of several inore, to whom we are ready to say, 'Come in, ye blessed of the Lord; why stand ye without?!?--And again,“ On July 12, our pastor told us, that we must expect his departure from us. A mournful day was that! That word,
to see his face no more,' sounded in our ears so much, that it caused our hearts to be full of sorrow, and the tears to gush out on our cheeks. “Thero were weeping and lamentation heard that day in Israel ! We are all well satisfied with his preaching, and have no itching ears to hear any other preacher when we can hear him. This is fairly seen from some of our bre thren, who live six or seven miles off, and have a convenience of hearing a great deal nearer. Some live about two miles off, where the gospel is preached. Yet these, with many others, scarcely ever miss coming all weathers.' We think this shows love to him, and to what is delivered by kom."
sion) and my having been so Mr. Fuller's first wife died much engaged to pray for the on the twenty-third of August coming of Christ's kingdom, in this year. She was an excould have kept me from drop- cellent woman. ping all opposition, and yielding On the thirtieth of Decemto the church's desire."
ber, 1794, he married his second In another letter, he says, wife, Miss Ann Coles, daughter “My mind is not happy, yet of the Rev. William Coles, of not so distressed as it has been. Ampthill. She was dismissed I do hope the hand of God is in May, 1795, from the church in all this. I feel a secret long- at Maulden, to that at Kettering, ing to have my time, my soul, of which she is now a member. my all, devoted to Christ's in- Her affection and prudence terest, in some respects different greatly contributed to his hapfrom what I can here."
piness. How these desires have been It was in the year 1792, that fulfilled, let the plains of India the Baptist Missionary Society tell!
was instituted, in which he unOn the seventh of October, dertook the office of secretary, 1783, he was set apart to the how laboriously and successpastoral office over the church fully he discharged the duties at Kettering. He received a of that office for twenty-three second charge from his revered years, by long and painful jourfather, Mr. Robert Hall, of ney's, by incessant preaching, Arnsby, from the last words of and by his admirable writings, Paul to Timothy, The Lord our readers must very well Jesus Christ be with thy spirit.* know; but we mean not to Mr.(now Dr.) Ryland addressed enter into particulars of this the church.
(confessedly the most imporOn the second of April, 1792, tant) part of his life, as this will died his friend Mr. Beeby Wal- be done hereafter. lis, in whose house some of the The following extract of a most early meetings were held letter from himself to Mr. Burls, relative to the Mission to India, contains a specimen of his perand in which the Society was severing labours in this great formed.
work, in which he spent so The following Epitaph for him, was and in which, that life was at
many years of his valuable life, written by Mr. Fuller.
Kettering, May 11, 1814.
fore me; first, to Olney and And unaffected piety, he liv'd
Bedford next week; then to Beloved amongst us, and belov'd he died. the association at Leicester, in Beneath an Allon-Bachuth Jacob wept : Beneath thy shade wé mouro a heavier loss.
Whitsun-week; then into Essex,
* Mr. Fuller delivered the funeral oration for Mr. Hall, March 17, 1791 ; as did the son of that great and good man for Mr. Fuller, May 15, 1816 Dr. Ryland preached the funeral sermon for both.
and I seem
on June 6th, where I must be dually, though slowly, recoverat a Missionary: Meeting of ing. Since I was laid by from that county, at Bocking, on preaching, I have written out June 8th, and collect what I my sermon, and drawn up a can between that and our Lon-memoir, for my dear brother don Annual Meeting, which I Sutcliff, which is just gone to suppose is on Wednesday, 22d press. Your partiality for the of June; then I must return and memoir of dear Pearce, will be at Kettering by the 26th, insure ine one reader, at least, which is our Lord's supper day for that of Sutcliff. I hope Then I must set off and be out the great and good Mr. Charles all July in the North of England, (of Bala) will find some one viz. the first sabbath at Liver- who will do justice to his mepool, second at Manchester, mory. Mrs. Sutcliff died on third at Leeds, fourth at New the 3d of September, less than castle, and fifth at Hull. May eleven weeks after her husband. the Lord strengthen me for Death has swept away almost these labours !
old friends ;i Affectionately yours, to stand expecting to be called
A. F. for soon. It matters not when, We hasten to the concluding so that we be found in Christ.” part of his life. The following In March, 1815, his death is an extract of a letter, dated evidently drew near. October 20, 1814, to a young however, at the ordination of lady, member of an Indepen- Mr. Mack, as pastor over the dent church, who resides not church at Clipstone, twelve miles far from the borders of Wales: from Kettering, on the twenty“ It was addressed," says she, ninth of that month, and ad4 in his own kind words to dressed the people from 3 John, the child. Every line of his 8. His last sermon was preachletters was valuable to me; so ed in his own pulpit on Lord's also was his blessing, which, day afternoon, April 2: when he took leave of me last In a letter to a friend at Ketat ****, he laid his hand up-tering, who was prevented by on my head and gave me. May illness from visiting him, he that prayer be heard and an- thus, writes, April 19. “I ain swered. Amen.”.
ordered to go next Monday for “ Kettering, Oct. 20, 1814. Cheltenham. I should be hap***** On my return from py to come and see you before London to Kettering, I had a Igo; but whether the weather very serious attack of an inflam- and my affliction will perinit, mation in the liver, from which I know not. When I shall I have not yet recovered. (This return is uncertain. The Lord's attack was after his morning supper must be suspended. sermon, on Lord's day, Sep-My times are in the Lord's tember 4. He was unable to hand: but to 'me all is uncerattend in the afternoon.) I have tainty.” preached only twice for the last In prospect of his dissolution, five or six weeks, but am gra- he wrote to Dr. Ryland the
letter which appeared in our I had strength to worship with number for last month. you.” From eleven till about
On the afternoon of the same half-pașt eleven of that morning, day, he told a deacon of the he was engaged in fervent church, that his bodily depres- prayer. He sat up in bed, sion was so great, that he ap- and, at the close, fell back, and peared to himself as if he could in five minutes expired. His not live. His friend replied, daughter, Mrs. Levet, distinctly “I do not know any person, heard the words, “ Help me, Sir, who is in a more enviable whilst he was praying His situation than yourself; a good hands, at his death, were clasped man on the verge of a blessed as in prayer. immortality.” He modestly ac- Thus expired Mr. Andrew quiesced. He then lifted up. Fuller; a man, unpolished in his his hands, and exclaimed, “ If manners, but kind and benevoI am saved, it will be by great lent in his disposition; who paid and sovereign grace,” which last no reverence to greatness, unwords. he repeated very em- less it was accompanied by phatically~“by-great and so- goodness ; who would have ex„vereign grace."
.ercised all the faithfulness of a His dear friend, Mr. Burls Latimer to an irreligious Henry; of London, saw him the day but who behaved with all the before his death ; but, on ac- sweetness of a Melancthon, or count of his almost unintermit- a Sutcliff, to the i bruised reed, ted bilious vomitings, with which and the smoking flax, a man, he had been afflicted for some in whom the intellectual vigour days, he could scarcely speak of a Johnson, was united with to him.
the indefatigable industry of a : A few days before this, he Gill; and whose name will be said to his son, Mr. John Fuller, transmitted to the latest pos"All misery is concentrated in terity, in union with those of me.”
“ Bodily misery only, Carey, and the other chieftains I suppose, father?” answered of the Indian band.* he. « Yes,” said he,“ nothing We have been favoured by else.”
Mr. Toller, with an extract On the morning of the Lord's from his sermon, on the occaday on which he died, he said sion of Mr. Fuller's . death, to one of the family, just loud which we insert as an appendix enough to be heard, “ I wish to the preceding memoir.
* Since writing the above, we have received the following extract from the minutes of the British and Foreign Bible Society:
May, 22, 1815, this committee learn, with deep regret, the decease of the late Rev. Andrew Fuller, Secretary to the Baptist Missionary Society; and, impressed with a sense of the valuable services rendered by that excellent individual, in promoting the translation and publication of the Scriptures in the East, desire to unite their condolences, on this afflictive event, with those of their Baptist brethren, to whom he was more particularly allied ; and of the Christian world, by whom his memory will deserve to be held in affectionate and grateful veperation.
so much the more extraordinary,
and reflect the greater credit on Rev. Mr. TOLLER'S SERMON, his memory. The variety and AT KETTERING,
compass of his writings, though
all bearing on one grand point, Lord's Day Morning, May 14, 1815. yet serve to shew what sheer 1 Kings, xiii. 30,
abilities, sound principle, ardent " ALAS! MY BROTHER !", zeal, and persevering applica(Communicated by Mr. Toller, to tion can do. I have read his Mr. Newman, of Stepney.),
works, (some of them more than
once,) with much satisfaction, With regard to the much re- and, I trust, some improvement, spected friend and Christian —that that improvement has not Minister, lately removed, it amounted to more, ought to be might appear unbecoming and attributed to myself. I have indelicate in me to enter far in- not a doubt but that they have to his character and case, par- been of real and extensive use ticularly as this will be done to in the christian church, in supso much greater advantage on port of the radical principles of the approaching day; but thus evangelical religion, and will much I could hardly satisfy my- continue to be so after his self without advancing on this dust shall mingle, with the occasion.
clods of the valley. It is a saI trust I am sincerely dis- tisfaction to me to reflect, that, posed to join in the general and in the great leading views of just tribute, which his friends vital christianity, he expresses and the public are disposed to very nearly my own sentiments; pay to his abilities, his sound though it is not to be expected sense, and solid understanding; that persons who think for themand to his unwearied diligence selves on sacred subjects, should, and unconquerable ardour, in in every point,“ see eye to eye;" supporting and pursuing the in- you will not therefore expect, terests of the best of causes ; that I should profess myself able and that; not only in the com- to subscribe to every article in mon duties of his profession, his theological creed; still, howbut more particularly in the pro- ever, it is a pleasure to me to pagation of christianity in the reflect now, that differing only foreign climes of India. Per- on points of subordinate imhaps no, individual, next to the portance, wherever that was the unequalled Carey, no individual case, we always agreed to differ. at least at home, has done so Though living in the same much to promote that cause; town, engaged in the same proand, considering the few advan- fession, and that under the ban, tages of early education which ners of different denominations, he enjoyed, the eminence to for about thirty years, I do not which he has risen, the influ- recollect that ever an angry ence he had acquired, and the word passed between us, or a means of usefulness which he single jar occurred, by our has collected and secured, are means, among our respective