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brightening from under those obstructions which had hitherto rendered them dark and unpromising, never altered ; and the joy of soul with which he looked forward into eternity, remained undiminished. The tenderness and kindness of his manner toward his attendants was never for a moment intermitted. This was more particularly shewn in his behaviour toward his sister, before whom he endeavoured, by assuming more chearfulness of manner and hope of life than he in truth dared to feel, to conceal the ravages of disease, and beguile with the hope of his restoration to health. The only time in which his feelings actually overcame him, and death bore to him an appalling aspect, was when anticipating, after his dissolution, her forlorn and unprotected condition. But that humble and unshaken confidence which he placed on his Almighty Creator and Saviour, led him to trust, that the same power, extended to his support and comfort on his bed of sickness and death, would not fail toward her, or toward all who call in faith on him, in the day of trouble.
Though confiding, without wavering, in
the mercies and promises of his Redeemer, and experimentally acquainted with the consolations of the gospel, he was desirous, as he found himself drawing nigh to the termination of his mortal existence, for the attendance of a Christian brother and friend. This was most chearfully afforded by the Reverend W. A. Thomson, one of the ministers of Perth, who attended upon him with the kindness of a friend, and the interest of a ministering servant of the Lord Jesus. Thus, strong in faith and joyous in hope, he, with unimpaired faculties, and more exalted and purified affections, awaited the hour of death, which came, without pain, on the morning of the 20 March 1820.
The estimation in which he was held, was strikingly apparent in the general regret expressed at his death. All ranks united in their expressions of esteem and attachment, and in deploring the early departure of one whose dispositions and manners, whose talents and exertions, were so well fitted to conciliate and instruct. The peculiar circumstances in which his departure took place, in respect to the inhabitants of Perth,
particularly excited their feelings. Having laboured for more than three years in a spiritual capacity amongst them,-having during that time, by his private qualities, gained their affections, and by his public appearances commanded their esteem,--and being in the near prospect of obtaining a permanent establishment in their city, he was almost instantaneously removed from amongst them. Every thing,--his youth, his manners, his abilities, his conduct,-conspired to deepen their sorrow for his departure. What of respect, earthly affection and friendship can pay to the cold remains of those who are beloved, was offered by them at his funeral on the 7th. A most numerous concourse of mourners of every class in society attended. The magistrates, the established clergy and others of all persuasions, and the principal inhabitants of the town, paid their last tribute of respect to his memory, by attending his corpse to the precincts of the town on the way to Maderty, in the burial ground of which reposed the dust of many generations of his relatives. The reception which the inhabitants of his native parish gave to his remains, bore
the most ample testimony to his worth, and presented a scene so truly affecting, as can never be effaced from the memory of those who beheld it. The whole male population, under the direction of the aged and respectable members of the session, drawn up in two lines, received, with heads uncovered, in mournful silence, the clay-cold body of their former companion, friend, and pastor, and conveyed it to the low and narrow house,
Few have at so early a period of life descended into the grave more universally regretted. There was in his personal appearance, and still more in the frankness of his address, something particularly attractive; and the more intimately he was known, the more these external graces were found to be the
genuine dictates of the kindness and simplicity of his heart. Perfectly devoid of every inclination to envy or detraction, he was scarcely ever heard to utter an expression of ill-will or abuse. Though in the course of his life he encountered the opposition, and even the unmerited reproach of many, yet seldom was he known to indulge in any word, and never in any act, of retaliation. The for
bearance which in such circumstances he exercised, was formed
the ample of Him, “who, when reviled, re• viled not again, and when persecuted, $6 threatened not. His behaviour, as a son and brother, was most affectionate. His attachment to his friends was warm and permanent; and in every opportunity presented, of promoting their good, he was most active and persevering.
His excellence as a public speaker was of no ordinary kind. His clearness in comprehending his subject, and distinctness in the mode of unfolding it to others, were seconded by a retentive and ready memory,
freedom to a delivery at once solemn and animated. His voice, clear and strong, well corresponded with the energy of his address ; and if any retired displeased with the doctrine, or offended with the composition of his discourses, none could find fault, either with the sincerity of heart or earnestness of manner displayed by the preacher.
Of his talents, the discourses now published afford imperfect evidence. They were never intended for publication, and the duty undertaken in preparing them