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entered into active life, he could continually make profitable application.
His inclination was chiefly directed to the study of divinity.
After having, from the year 1779 to the year 1784, applied himself with great diligence to the acquisition of that preparatory knowledge which is justly required of a sound divine, he entered, in 1784, upon his theological studies; bat scarcely had he commenced them, and taken some general survey of the field which he was afterwards more thoroughly to explore, when the wisé direction of the Lord led him, for a time, into a different career of exertion ; fòr, towards the close of the year 1783, being then not quite 20 years of age, he was chosen Professor of History in the University of his natiye city of Basle. His being chosen to this appointment at so early a period of life, is a sufficient proof of the estimation in which he was held, both for his literary acquirements and the integrity of his conduct. He was the first Professor of History in the University of Basle who delivered public lectures in the German language, upon the history of Switzerland ; wherein he displayed so much learn. ing and taste, and rendered them so interesting, that, besides the students, he counted also many of the more respectable inbabitants of the city among his hearers.
Although this sphere of employment was so remote from his great object, to become a minister of the gospel of Christ, yet it was not altogether void of utility to him. He writes himself, in a short account which he has left of the occur. rences of his life, — “It habituated me to continued application; à habit which afterwards proved of great utility to me in the execution of my duties as a parish minister.” Nevertheless, amidst the functions of his office, he did not forget the object upon which the inclinations of his heart were decidedly fixed. He husbanded his time so well, that he still found leisure to prosecute his theological studies." "He began with deducing the doctrine of Christian faith and practice, without reference to any particular theological system, from its original source, – the word of God; and that laid in a large stock of Bible-knowledge, which, throughout his whole subsequent life, he was enabled to turn to the best advantage. In this manner, his divinity becaine purely Biblical, and free from all the trammels of the schools. He did not indeed neglect to make himself historically acquainted with writings and speculations 'upon points of divinity; he availed himself of the good contained in the different systems, in as far as he found it conformable to the word of God; but, to have recourse to scholastic distinctions in disquisitions on theology, to view the divine word only through the dioptric glasses of a system, always appeared to him the height of absurdity.
By diligently searching the Scriptures, and comparing its trutós with the wants of his own mind and heart, the grand
scope of the word of God became, by degrees, more and more clear to him, its application to the conduct of life inore weighty, and his convictions of the truth and divine origin of the Bible more impregnable. If any thing was not yet clear to him in it, he did not hesitate to confess that he did not understand it. But what his heart and understanding had already comprehended of the word of God, was too precious to him for any mistrust to: wards it to insinuate itself into his mind, in consequence of any obscurities, which it might still present to him. He could wait with patience till it should please God to clear them up to him, by circumstances which generally were the means by which he attained to greater clearness in the truths of God's word.
In the year 1739 he was ordained to the ministry ; and, a week after, chosen to be Pastor of the Reformed Congregation at Strasburg." lu the following year, 1790, he married his first wife, Margaret Battier, with whom he lived not longer than a year in the most uninterrupted harmony. In the flower of youth she was taken away from him, after having given birth to a healthy boy. This was one of the severest afilictions which ever came to him from the hand of the Faiher of Love. He expresses himself thụs on the occasion, in the above-mentioned memoir :
The felicity of being united to this pious, virtuous, and, in every respect,
excellent woman, was too great for me I did not deserve it.” Nothing but his faith in the wise and gracious leading of the Lord, and the precious pledge of their mutual love, which his departed wife had left him, could pour balm into his deeply wounded heart, which this severe stroke of afflicţion drew the more powerfully to things eternal.
The death of his wife was followed by another series of sufferings, which, in some degree, cleared up to him the gracious designs of the Lord in the loss which he had sustained. The French Revolution had already broken out, and Strasburg, in its turn, became the theatre of those scenes of horror attendant upon the reign of Terror, at which Humanity recoils, and which History wishes to bury in oblivion. Under these circumstances, Mr. Huber lived in the greatest possible seclusion with his little boy,' and a few tried friends. That inveterate animosity against Religion which, during this period, diffused everywhere misery and dismay, and sentenced those who boldly professed the faith of the gospel to imprisonment and death, had more than once marked him out for destruction; and, during nearly half a year, he had every evening to make himself prepared for being dragged away in the night to prison or to execution. In the solitude of his chamber, silently to search the Scriptures, to pray for his fellowcreatures, and to prepare himself for death, were his most agreeable occupations. Sometimes he was obliged to mount guard, in military accoutrements, upon the ramparts of the city.
Another afliction now befel him, the wonderful issue of which left a peculiarly salutary impression upon his mind. In his
solitary situation he was attacked with a bilious fever, atterded with an erysipelatons eruption, which brought him to the verge of the grave. He had already been given over by the physicians, and every one expected his hourly dissolution ; « when (these are his own words) destitute of all human assistance, I turned in fervent prayer to the Lord, who is represented to ns in the gospel as the Physician both of body and soul.” He heard his prayer, gave him quick relief, and, in a short time, restored him to health, to the astonishment of every one. This remarkable instance of God's hearing his prayer, which he ever considered as an extraordinary interposition, gave to his faith in Jesus Christ, and in his all-sufficiency, a new and impregnable support. Hence also, in luis public discourses upon God's word, the tone of firm experimental conviction, in which he always spcie, penetrate the hearts of his hearers, and disposed them to receive the gospel.
After his recovery, however, it remained not long in his power to proclaim in Strasburg the word of God, the divine efficacy of which he had experienced in so many instances. The enemies of mankind had sncceeded in procuring his church to be shut up, and depriving him of the only opportunity which he had left of being serviceable to his congregation. He, therefore, returnid, taking his little boy with him, to his native city of Basle; where he officiated as curate at St. Peter's Church till the Fear 1794, when he was appointed minister of Reihen, a village near Basle. In this new sphere he gained the universal esteem and confidence of his parishioners, and laboured with manifest blessing. In the year 1795 he married his second wife, Gertrude, widow of Mr. Christopher Lindemeyer, merchant. In her he found a pious and affectionate help-mate, a faithful mother to his child, and an intelligent mistress of his house. God blessed this happy imion with five sons and one daughter; the latter of whom went before him, in early infancy, into eternity.
But soon his domestic felicity was interrupted by a severe stroke which wounded his beart in its most sensible part. His little son James, the tenderly beloved representative of his departed wife, was snatched away from him, by a disorder unex. jxxtedly rapid in its progress. His little favourite closed his eyes for ever to this world ; but, about the same time, a new beam of light broke in upon the mind of the father, which he Brad never before beheld. The obscurities in the prophetic part of the Revelation of St. Jolin, to which before he had always been clcharred access, stood now unveiled and clear before the eye of his understanding; and, from henceforward, a modest enquiry into the prophecies of the Lord became an object of clesire with him, which he endeavoured to gratify in his hours of leisure.
About this time he also commenced a very useful weekly priblication, entitled, “ The Christian Sunday's Paper, adapted to the exigencies of the times;” of which, three annual series have appeared, and are still read with profit. This work, which is entirely of a practical nature, contains the principal results of his scriptural enquiries, which were always directed to the religious eddification of his fellow Christians.
In the year 1800, he was appointed minister of the congregation at St. Elizabeth Church, in Basle. Here his lively zeal for the cause of Christ opened itself a new and wide sphere of activity, which he filled without ostentation, to the blessing of many hundreds; for it was a peculiar trait in his character to labour as much as possible in stillness, and without shew. His public discourses bore the features of the mild, modest, tranquil searcher of the Scriptures ; who, by his impressive tone of calm conviction, penetrated deeply the hearts of his hearers. His mind and heart lived wholly in the truths which lie preached; and the sum and substance of all his discourses was, " Jesus Christ who was crucified, and rose again."
7 In his labours for souls, as a friend of the poor, and of children, and in all his social relations, wherever he was applied to for assistance, he was ever ready with unassuming aid and advice; and his participation might confidently be relied upon in every undertaking which had the good of mankind for its object. Amidst the multiplicity of business in which he was engaged, he still found moments which he could devote to the composition of writings, intended for the religious edification of his fellow-Christians. His Introduction to all the books of the Holy Scriptures," is a very useful work; as also is a small treatise published by him for the use of children, and entitled, “A Present for Christian Children;" which passed, within a short time, through three, editions, amounting in all to 13,000 copies.
In the midst of his useful exertions he was seized with a return of an arthritic disorder, with which he had several times before been afflicted. No one thought, at first, that his end was so near at hand; and, for a time, he appeared to be getting better, for ke resumed, upon his sick-bed, some of his former occupations. Among other things, he proceeded in a Commentary upon the Revelations, which had occupied him during the preeeding weeks; and, it is worthy to be noticed, that the last words written by his hands were those of the Revelation of St. John, chap. x. 4, “Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.” Unexpectedly, his disorder took a new unfavourable turn, which excited the alarm of his friends; but he remained tranquilly resigned to the will of Him whose mercy he had experienced throughout his whole life. A malignant eruption wbich came on, indicated the near approach of death, and it seemed as if he himself expected his speedy
dissolution. The few words which he uttered were expressive of his steadfast faith in his crucified Saviour, and of the cheerful resignation with which he awaited his end.
On the tenth day of his illness, which happened on Saturday, March the 8th, 1806, between three and four in the afternoon, his spirit took its flight into the heavenly mansions of that Lord to whom he had remained faithful unto the end.
THE LATE REV: JOHN SMITH,
LATE OF BURFORD, OXON.
Mr. Smith was born at Birmingham, A. D. 1752.
His parents were natives of Warwick, and members of the Baptist Church, Cannon Street, Birmingham. So early were religious impressions made upon his mind, that he could not recollect the period of his being first awakened. At his father's house, the people of God frequently met for conversation and prayer; and Mr. Smith dated his first serious thoughts of religion from being present on those occasions. At the early age of fourteen, he joined the church which was then under the pastoral care of Mr. J. Turner. At seventeen years of age, he was encouraged to exercise his gifts among them; and he continued occasional engagements in different places for several years with good acceptance. Sometime afterwards, he remoyed to London; and, in the year 1779, became a member of Mr. Clarke's church, in Red Cross Street. From them he received a regular call to the ministry, January 25, 1780; when Mr. Clarke solemnly addressed him from Colos. iv, 17. On the Soth of the same month he preached bis first sermons in William Street, Adelphi, from 1. Cor. ii. 12. and Sol. Song v. 16. For several succeeding years
he preached in a variety of places; but was never settled oyer any people till about the year 1790, when Providence called him to Pershore, Worcestershire. He was ordained over the Second Baptist Church in that place, Sept. 28, 1791. The service was conducted by Mr. Samuel Dunscombe, who gaye the charge from Col. i. 28; and by Mr. Wilkins, who addressed the church from 2 Thess. i. 11, 12. With that people he re: mained till 1801; during which time, he met with a great number of trials, both in his external circumstances and amongst his religious connections; all of which, however, he hore with much patience and meekness, preserving composure and equani. mity on the most trying occasions. While at Pershore, his labours were not altogether without success; but Burford and