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thy Jenkins, of Whitechurch, in nion with the church at Kilvowyr Pembrokeshire, the substance of about the year 1776. His zeal which is here inserted.

and diligence in the pursuit of di. * Mr. Thomas Evans, the fa- vine things being quickly noticed ther of our deceased friend, was by the church to which he now highly esteemed among all classes belonged, they requested him to of christians, for the extent of his take an active part in their meetreligious knowledge and the pietyings for prayer and religious conof his conversation. He was con• ference. In the course of the stant in his attendance on divine following year, he was requested worship at all appointed seasons, to exercise his talents among them, and not easily turned about with with a view to his entrance on the divers and strange doctrines; for stated ministry. He preached he was well acquainted with his his first sermon from Isaiah lü. bible, and firm in his adherence to 10 When thou shalt make his its dictates. To him were given soul an offering for sin;" and the seven sons, three of these still sure discourse gave the most entire savive; one of whom, Mr. Lewis tisfaction. In his early labours as Evans, is minister of the Baptista preacher, it was his constant stucongregation at Ebenezer, in his dy to communicate solid instrucnative country. Mr. John Evans, tion to the mind, rather than to (the subject of this memoir,) regu- please the ear. Sometime in the larly attended the preaching of the year 1779, the church of which gospel with his parents during his he was a member recommended younger years, and, possessing an him as a student to the Academy inquisitive mind as well as a re- at Bristol."* Mr. Evans justly tentive memory, he soon acquired considered his entrance into the a degree of knowledge somewhat Academy as opening to him a Temarkable for his age. He ap- prospect equally interesting and pears also to have been early the solemn; and in taking this step, subject of serious impressions; it is evident he did not“ use lightbut none of these (so far as his ness." It would be an unspeakfriends could judge) were abiding, able blessing to the church of till he was about eighteen years of Christ, if every youth, who enters age. At that period, being fa- on a course of education prepavoured with the privilege of spend- ratory to the ministerial office, ing some time in the family of the should commence that course Rev. G. Rees, of Rhydwillin, it with motives as pure, and

pursue pleased the Lord to awaken his it with a diligence and seriousness mind to the discovery of his cha- as great as his. He rejoiced, inracter as a sinner, and to direct deed, to have cast off the shackles him to the only refuge provided of worldly business, which so ofin the gospel. Having made a ten continue, in the inost distressprofession of his faith, he was ing manner, to impede the exerbaptized and admitted to commu- cise of the sacred office; but into

* Over this Seminary the Rev. Hugh Evans, M. A. together with his son, the Rev. Caleb (afterwards Dr.) Evans, then presided, with a zeal and ability which endeared them to all our churches, and by which their names are placeil high in a record that can never be obliterated.

lais views of the Christian ministry the course of his academical indolence or the love of ease ne- exercises he gave proofs of a ver entered. His exertions, though sound judgment, a retentive mechanged in their object, were not mory, a lively imagination, and a lessened in their degree; but, on correct taste. His temper was the contrary, he redeemed the cheerful, his mind firm and indetime with double care, and, gir- pendent, and the whole of his being himself with all diligence, to haviour prudent and decorous. reading and study, he soon excited His piety was fervent, but rational in his tutors and fellow-students, and unostentatious. His devothe expectation, which he after- tional exercises, when, in his turn, wards abundantly fulfilled, cf his he conducted the domestic worbecoming a man“ approved unto ship of the lecture room, were peGod, a workman who should not culiarly fervent and edifying. He · need to be ashamed, rightly di- firmly believed, and cordially loved viding the word of truth." the great distinguishing doctrines

The respect which he had ob- of Christianity, but discovered tained froni the directors and the nothing of a servile attachment to companions of his studies was any human system of religious held in remembrance in the Aca-, opinions. In his last year he fredemy long after his departure quently preached in Bristol and from it, as is well known to many the neighbourhood, and, I believe, who succeeded him in the same his minişterial exercises were uirseminary: and, though death has, versally acceptable. Indeed few in little more than thirty years, students ever left the Acadeniy removed from earthly scenes al- more highly respected than he most all of those who were his was, by all who knew him! immediate companions in study, In the year 1781, Mr. Evaps I have the pleasure to insert a let- accepted an invitation from the ter from one of those who still Church at Abingdon, uuder the survive, the Rev. T. Langdon of care of the Rev. Daniel Turner, Leeds, who thus writes :

M. A. who was then in the deMy dear friend,

cline of life, to become his assist“I was with Mr. Evans at ant in the ministry. His labours Bristol, and the many happy hours proving highly acceptable in his we spent in each others society new situation, he was, in the folthere, will always be recollected lowing year, ordained as Co-pasby me with pleasure. He was tor with Mr. Turner; and this not only my class-fellow, but li- union, under a divine blessing, was terally the companion of my aca- productive of prosperity to the demical studies; and, I believe, congregation, and mutual happiwe uniformly regarded each other ness to their ministers. with mutual esteem and confi- He soon after entered into the dence. In his studies he was in- marriage state with Miss Anna variably attentive and diligent, Roberts, a lady of respectable faand the proficiency: he made mily, in his own congregation, was creditable to himself, and well qualified for the duties of not merely satisfactory, but high- that relation which she sustained ly pleasing to his tutors. In through the remainder of Mr. Evans's life. This connection, possessing the entire affections of which was formed on principles of his people, Mr. Evans, advanced mutual piety and esteein, proved to to the fifty-eighth year of his age, them both a source of great felicity. and the thirty-second of his mi

At the death of Mr. Turner, the nistry at Abingdon. As he still pastoral charge devolved wholly enjoyed a degree of health which on Mr. Evans; and from this enabled him, with but few interperiod bis ministry, which had ruptions, to sustain the exertion already received many proofs of of preaching three times each the divine approbation, was ren- Lord's day, and usually once in the dered more than ever successful. week, and was in the habit of With the exception of a few neigh- carefully cherishing, for the sake bouring villages, his labours were of his family and flock, that now confined to his own congre- strength which advancing years gation, which became more nu- had begun to impair, it was natural merous than it had ever been; and to hope that such a life might apscarcely a year passed, in which proach but very gradually to its he had not the pleasure of intro- close ; and that, when his active ducing a considerable number, labours should be impeded, he converted under bis ministry, to a might, like his venerable predepublic profession of their faith in cessor, be permitted to remain the Lord Jesus, and to holy com- awhile, the companion of the aged, munion at his table. He was par- and the counsellor of the young, ticularly useful to the youth of his till some rising minister should be charge; and herein God gave him trained under bis instruction, and the desire of his heart, as he was receive at his hands the solemn especially anxious to win the ten- charge of feeding the flock of der mind to the love and service God committed to his care. But of the Redeemer. Those more God had otherwise determined. established in the divine life, of His work was done : and, to the whom there were many in his con- glory of divine grace be it said, it gregation, perceived with the was “ well done.” The decree, , greatest satisfaction, that, while he which numbered his days, includhad recourse in all his own trials ed the determination that he should to the strong consolation of the not live to participate, either the gospel, he led them also to "draw joy that should arise from the fuwater from the wells of salvation." ture prosperity of his congregaLike other ministers, he had his tion, or the sorrows which are troubles, and to a few intinsate sonetimes occasioned by the sad friends he sometimes (though not reverses to which the best formed often) mentioned them ; but the churches are exposed. feelings most prevalent in his Early in the month of June, heart were those of satisfaction in 1813, he was indisposed : little the work given him to do, blended danger, however, was apprehenda with an ardent desire that he might ed by his friends, and probably no finish it with joy.

immediate danger by himself. Thus employed in the work of Though not in sufficient health to God with continued success, and discharge the duties of the pulpit,

he attended the public services, lence the second, and prudence and seemed to expect that he the third : without the second, might for a while, at least, resume the first cannot exist; and without his work. On Lord's day, June, the last, the two former will be 13th, he heard the writer of this often brought into suspicion.” For memoir, both morning and after- all these virtues, Mr. Evans appears noon, and conversed with him in to have been eminent. His integrithe evening with all his usual ty, none who knew him, could ever cheerfulness. On that day fort. doubt : a vein of godly sincerity night he was seized with the illness manifestly ran through the whole of which, in four days, proved fatal. his conversation and conduct. His On the first of July, he departed disposition was truly benevolent. to his eternal rest. The violence He delighted, not only in comand rapidity of his disorder pro- municating benefits, according to hibited all intercourse, except with the means with which God had his nearest relations, and one or entrusted him, but in witnessing two intimate friends. Even to the more extended efforts of many, these he was able to speak but with whom it was his happiness to little ; yet the few sentences he be connected: provided good was occasionally uttered, indicated a done, he was satisfied, though he calm and peaceful state of mind. himself was not the immediate He took an affectionate farewell agent. Christian prudence, also, of his relations, and, though'over- stood high in his esteem; and if, whelmed with the suddenness and as the Apostle James assures us, violence of their affliction, they " he that offendeth not in word, were enabled, without a murmura is a perfect man,” our departed ing thought, to resign into the friend had attained to no mean hands of Jesus, their father and rank among his fellow christians. their friend. His widow and four His conversation, though for the sons, survive to mourn a loss, most part lively and interesting, which no earthly blessing can com- was equally free from the two pensate.

common faults of self-exaltation To the foregoing narrative, the and unguarded censure. Of himwriter is induced to subjoin some self he seldom spoke at all, and general remarks, the results of a of others, never spoke evil; it will long and intimate acquaintance therefore excite no surprise, that with his departed friend.

his life was peaceful, and his comMr. Evans appears to have pany every where acceptable. He been well aware of the importance owed much of his tranquillity, of associating in his character 'however, to a happy command those virtues, which too many are of temper, which he manifested satisfied to possess single and un- on some trying occasions. In supported ; and so well did he most situations, professors of resucceed in the combination, that ligion may be found, whose view's in

any situation of life, he must of gospel truth are so narrow and have proved an ornament to so- disjointed, that they can never disciety. “ In Christian morals," cern the whole counsel of God, in said the late Mr. Booth, "inte any ministry, which is not confingrity holds the first place, benevo- ed to a part of it; that is, to a

few truths, confessedly important,

“ How divinely amiable," said he, but unnaturally separated from the

“is the Redeemer in his love to relation which they bear to every sinners! What shall we do, my other part of the divine system. friends, in the chamber of sickSuch

persons are usually as defec. ness, when all is dark around us, tive in the spirit of Christianity, as

if Christ be not at hand to cheer they are contracted in the views our hearts, and administer the cup of the truth, which it reveals of consolation. When

eath draws From such a quarter, it may well bis sword, and says, “Sinner thou Le supposed, that Mr. Evans could must die;" where shall we look not wholly escape censure : but for assistance, if Christ be absent such was the habitual meekness then? but, if he be the stay of our and gentleness of his carriage, heart, we shall smile in the hour that enmity was ere long disarm- of dissolution. Death will lose ed, and so much were his public his sting, and we shall welcome discourses imbued with the spirit the blow, which will remove us of the gospel, that it soon after from a state of trouble and dis-died for lack of nourishment. A tress, to one of unutterable joy pleasing testimony to these excel- and felicity : lencies in Mr. Evans's character “ Scarce shall I feel death's celd emwas delivered, at his interment, brace, by the Rev. W. Wilkins, the In: If Christ be in my arms." dependant Minister in the same

The memoir of which the atown. “ In him," said Mr. W, bove is but an abridgment, was there was nothing of a narrow, written by Mr. Hinton, of Oxford, bigotted, party spirit

, but his dis- and is prefixed to a posthumous position was amiable, candid and volume of Mr. Evans's Sermons, friendly; and I have often and a Review of which is inserted in sincerely wished that he might be the subsequent pages of this Nummy fellow labourer, to the end of ber. my days. Mr. Evans spoke in public, for

ON TWO IMPORTANT ARTIthe last time, at the administra

CLES IN THE APOSTOtion of the Lord's Supper and

LIC CREED. probably without suspecting that If I recollect rightly, it was by he should then close his ministerial perusing a well known high-church work. The approach of death publication, written by a pious was sudden, but it could not be clergyman, with whom I was forunwelcome to a mind habitually merly acquainted, and whom I sinprepared, as his evidently was, cerely respect, that my attention for the solemn event. Had he was turned to two expressions, been previously assured that he in what is usually called The Ashould, after this hour, speak to postles' Creed. Though the church his beloved people no more, bis . of Rome has certainly made address could not have been more too much of that form of sound affectionate or solemn, than it was words, in setting it on a level with on this occasion. His manner in the holy Scriptures ; while some the closing sentences, was pecu- 'of the popish divines bave idly liarly animated and interesting. affirmed, not only that it was made

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