Billeder på siden
PDF
ePub

which is the barrenest part of Lancashire ; where, at present, there is the most pleasing and promising prospect of much good, through the divine blessing, being done. Indeed, the fields round this place seem already white unto harvest. The Lord of the harvest send out more faithful labourers everywhere, for great is the cry of poor sinners, “Come over and help us!" In these parts there are several monuments of his usefulness who are , still living; and several have entered into their rest. In 1774, he had a most affectionate call to accept the pastoral care of the church at Lancaster; — but this, after asking counsel of God, and consulting some of his Christian friends, he saw fit to decline. However, he was, on the 18th of Sep. 1766, ordained there, not as a pastor of the church, but as a Presbyter or Teacher, at large. The ordination service was conducted as follows: Rev. Mr. Allat, of Forton, delivered the introductory discourse; Mr. Edwards, of Leeds, received the confession of faith, prayed the ordination prayer, and gave the charge from Acts ix. 15.; Mr. Timothy Priestly, then of Manchester, preached from Isa. lii. 7.; and Mr. Phillips concluded with prayer. Mr. Edwards, for some time, entertained conscientious scruples respecting uniting in the ordination of a minister without a stated charge'; but his scruples were all removed, after fervent prayer, by the powerful impression upon his mind of the text on which he founded his discourse, “ Go thy way, for he is a chosen vessel unto me.'

Soon after Mr. Scott's settlement at Wollerton, he began to preach at Drayton. Here he organized a church'; the members of which consisted chiefly of such persons whom the Lord had given him as seals to his ministry. It was at the request of this people, although not as their pastor, and with a view to dispensing the ordinance of the Lord's Supper unto them, that he was ordained. He built a chapel at Drayton in the year 1778. He considered the church and congregation there more particu. larly as the people of his charge; and in order to fulfil his ministry amongst them, as well as for the purpose of being nearer his other work, he, in the year ---, removed to that place.

In the year 1780, Mr. Scott opened a meeting-house at Nantwich. In the following year, or in the beginning of the year 1782, he fitted up a place to meet in at Congleton, where the work of God considerably prospered. Here also he built a chapel in the year 1790. As the Lord increased his work, he mercifully favoured him with increasing means for carrying it on. He was, probably in the year 1779, introduced to an intimate acquaintance with the late La ly Glenorchy. This eminently pious lady, considering herself as a steward of the property committed to her hands, devoted the whole of it, beyond her own necessary personal expences, to works of charity, and more es. pecially to the support of his cause from whom she received it. She sought for a man of God to counsel and assist her in the dis tribution of her bounty. Mr. Scott was recommended to her ; and she found him to be exactly suited to her purpose. Several young men were educated for the ministry at Oswestry, under the tuition of the Rev. Mr. Williams (now Dr. Williams) at her Ladyship's expence.

Wbile they remained at Oswestry, they were occasionally employed in assisting Mr. Scott in his work; and some of them laboured in the same connexion after they had finished their studies in the acaderny. Lady Glenorchy li. berally contributed towards the support of such ministers of the connexion as received inadequate salaries from the congregations they served. She also largely assisted Mr. Scott in erecting dif. ferent chapels.

Mr. Scott's endeavours were, perhaps, nowhere more successful than at Hanley, in Staffordshire. Near the close of the year 1782, he introduced the gospel to that place. He built a chapel there 15 yards square, with galleries on three sides, the following year. The congregation was regularly supplied for some time before by one of Lady Glenorchy's students, who was placed at Newcastle. Mr. Scott frequently favoured the people with his own services; which were highly acceptable and exceedingly niseful. The Rev. Mr. Boilen, now of Sheffield, was settled as their pastor in the year 1786. He continued to exercise his ministry among them with much success for several years; and the interest has continueel to be increasingly prosperous under succeeding ministers to the present time. Mr. Scott built a chapel at Newcastle in the year 1785.

In the year 1786, Mr. Scott experienced a severe affliction in the decease of Lady Glenorchy. In a letter to a friend, dated October 2, 1786, be writes, respecting this painful event, as follows: “ The death of my invaluable friend, the truly excellent Lady Glenorchy, greatly afheteii me. I know not her fellow left behind, dear Laily Huntingdon excepted. I cannot but be affected with and mourn for my own and Zion's great loss; but lier work was done, - her crown prepared, and the righteous Judge has given it to, and put it upon her. He needed hier no more upon earth! He loved her, fitted her for, and has taken her to be for ever with himself! May we, as she was, be full of the fruits of righteousness; and soon we shall be with her before the throne above! She was happy in having finished her work 60 soon! - she is now inconceivably happy in the full and eternal fruition of God her Saviour!" Lady Glenorchy, having proved him to be a faithful steward of every talent put inio his hands, bequeathed to Mr. Scott a chapel and dwelling-house at Matlock; and also a considerable sum of money to help him to proceed with those works for God, in which they had been mutually and successfully engaged.

Soon after Lady Glenorchy's decease, the academy instituted by lier Ladyship was removed to Newcastle ; and committed to the care of the Rev. Mr. Whitridge. Thus provision was made

.

as our re

for supplying the congregations at Stone and Stafford (where chapels were built through the exertions of ministers connected with Mr. Scott) and various congregations in that neighbourhood. In this seminary two eminently pious and useful ministers, who are now reaping the reward of their labours, viz. the Rev. James Garie *, late of Perth, and the Rev. John Reece, late of Sheffield, received their education.

In or about the year 1794, Mr. Scott removed to Matlock. Here the Lord gave him new seals to his ministry, and greatly revived the cause of religion in that place.

On the 31st of December, 1799, Mr. Scott lost his most excel. lent wife. This was indeed a most scvere affliction ; but God graciously remembered, supported, and comforted him in the day of his calamity and trouble. The exercises of his mind on the mournful occasion may be best expressed in his own words. In a letter to an intimate friend, dated January 15, 1800, he says, “ Had not the Lord appeared for us and to us, fuge and strength, and very present help in our late, long, and decp allliction and trouble, the floods would have overwhelmed us, and we should have sunk in the mighty waters; but Jehovah is his memorial in all generations. Had I ten thousand tongues, I could not utter the thousandth part of the truth and faithfulness, the goodness and the mercies of the Lord to my dearest earthly treasure in her affliction, and to me his poor, sinful, and worthless worm. He knew our feeble frames, and remenbered we were but dust; therefore, he did not always contend, nor keep his anger for ever, lest the spirits lie liad made and taught to hope in his mercy in Jesus should fail before him ; but as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitied us, and suffered not his compassions to fail. I may say indeed, he made the bed of my dearest in her sickness, and strengthened her by his Word and Spirit on her bed of languishing. The Lord never once suffered the Enemy of Souls to take the advantage of her weakness, nor permitted her faith and hope in his word, his faithfulness, and his Christ, utterly to fail. He enabled her to cast

* Mr. Garie prosecuted his studies with much diligence and success. He was ordained Minister of a Dissenting Congregation in Plunket Street, Dublin. There he officiated for five years with much reputation and use. fulness. Thence he removed to Perih. His letters of ordination were sustained by the Presbytery of Chanonry, and he officiated for two years as a Minister of the Church of Scotland; and the people unanimously desired for him their pastor : but he was not established in the living, the General Assern bly voting him ineligible to a charge in the Church of Scotland, not because he was destitute of talents and qualifications for the ministry, but because he had not gone through a regular course of University Education. Reasons of dissent from the sentence of the General Assembly were drawn up and signed by Dr. Kemp, Dr. B. Johnston, &c. - See the Pro testant Dissenters' Magazine for February, 1799.

After Mr. Garie was ejecied from the Church of Scotland, he settled with a Dissenting Congregation at Perih; and God greatly prospered his ministry.

the anchor of her bope on her eternal Rock, so that the winds and rvaves of her asiliction beat harı upon

the
poor

shattered vessel, her body; yet the immortal treasure within was not greatly moved.” Jo a letter to another friend, dated February 21, 1800, he says, “ You may conceive something, but very little of what I feel in my present situation, where every object that surrounds ine, and especially some things that more particularly claim my attention, remind me atresli continually, and always keep upon niy mind ny late great loss, open my wound, and make it bleed afresh; bui, blesseri be God, in Jesus, his Spirit and Word, there is a balm for every wound, and a cordial for our fears; and when by faith 1 view my dearest earthly treasure, who had so long made the Lord her refuge, and found Him to be her strength and present help in times of trouble, now no more groaning in her earthly tabernacle, being burdened with sins and diseases, but made perfectly whole, holy, and liappy in the presence of her lovely iicleemer and Saviour, giving him love, thanks, and endless praise, - 1 cea:

I cease to mourn; I begin to give thanks and glory on her accomt; but cannot cease to bemoan myself, for my

loss is great; but I sorrow not as those who have no hope, but trustig, I myself am a patient in Christ's hospital; I live in hopes of soon being in the land where the inhabitant is no more sick, but sings fallelujah to God and the Lamb for ever and ever, for forgiving all his sins, healing all his diseases, and crowning him with everlasting love!"

The advantaves and comforts which Mr. Scott enjoyed in the married state were very grat; and his situation, when a widower, was proportionably desolate and melancholy. He was indeed quite unfited for those labours and exenions which he wishedł still to pursue, while domestic concerns divided his time and attention. He saw it prudent to marry a second time; and the Lord gave him a most suitable partner in the relict of the late S. Barrow, Esq. to wlion he was unitel on the 10th of June, 1802. After his second marriage, he resided and preached alternately at Nantwich and Matlock. In the early part of his ministry lie had been accustomed for many years to travel much, frequently from 18 to 20 miks on the Lord's Day; and to preach five or six times a week. In his old age it was impracticable for him to continue such exertions; but his zeal for the cause of the Redecrer never forsook him. Still he was most willing to labour in the work of the Lord; and he was crabled with frequency to preach until near the time of his death.

On the 12th of April last, Mr. Scoit administered the Sacra. ment of the Lord's Supper to the church at Nantwich. This was the last public service he performed. His heart was evidently much enlarged on the occasion, and a prcularly sweet savour attended the exercise. Addressing himself to the minister who preached on that day, he said, “ O how sweet is the Sabbathday! May the Lord bless you, my brother, and give you to

66 No

feel in your heart some of the sweet drops of his love, that you may give

it to us warm from the heart !" After the service, he said, “O my poor hard heart! May the Lord soften it! I hope I did feel a little softening to-day."

On Lord's Day, the 10th of May, he was enabled, for the last time, to attend public worship. On the following Friday he was very ill, and felt the symptoms of approaching dissolution; but, through abundant grace, felt those symptoms withont dismay.

On lying clown, he said, "I am lying down on my dying bed; and bless God that I an free fron either pun ordreasi on this my dying bed.” -- On Saturday, May 16, in the presence of Mary (a servani) be said, “Into thine hands, O God, I commii my dear wile and dear friend ! into ihine hands I commit poor Mary!

“ Weak as helpless infancy

Hangs my helpless soul on thee!" He was asked if he had much pain: his reply was, pain of bo:ly, nor terrors of mind." --- Lorel's Day, May 17, to James (il servant) he said, “ James, I am going to spend an eternal Sabbath!" Frequently he said, “ Men shall be blesse: l in Him!" In Tin he oftea repeated; and emphatically added, “ No blessing out of llim, -- mind you that.” He trequently exclaimed, "Precious Jesus! precious Jesus! Jesus is precious to me!” On Tuesday, the 19th, to a minister who visited him, he said, “ When you preach, my brother, bring it all out at

don't keep it as men keep a new guinca, all to the Jast.

When cne observed, that those around his bed were highly privileged, by hearing his dying testimony to the truth, and expressed a hope that they should profit thereby, he sharply replied, “I do not know that. Poor Benjamin (mean. ing a servant, a good man, who died in his house) prayed with them, and talked with them very faithfully; but some of them soon forgot it all, which I was sorry to see. Shortly afier, he said to a minister present, “ Use your tongue, brother, for the glory of God. Bring the people to Christ at once, and tell them simply what you know of llim; and may the Lord bless you!" Waking suddenly in the course of the night, and sceing a female friend weeping, he said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but for yourselves. On an occasion, when he seemed to look carnesily around, Mrs. Scott said to him, I am here, love, what do you want?' He replied, “I want nothing but Jesus!" She added, “ You have Heaven in your countenance: he rejoined, " I have more than that, my love: I have it in niy heart, and that's better!" At another time he said, looking earBestly up, “ Into thy hands I commit my body and spirit, which thou hast redeemed.” Seeing Mrs. Scott much afected, he said," Make the Lord thy refuge. You must all come to the blood of sprinkling: I believe you have. My dear love, I commit thee into the hands of Jesus, with all thy weighty coucerns!"

once :

יל

« ForrigeFortsæt »