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For A PRIL 1796.
The Life of Mr. JOHN TUFFIE, an Officer in the 44th regiment
of foot, who died in Holland in the year 1794, By Mr.
JAMES ANDERSON. M Y first acquaintance with Mr. TuFFIE, commenced in the
IV year 1789, at the town of Ayr, in Scotlard, where the regiment to which he belonged was then stationed, and where I was appointed to labour; it being the first year of my officiating as an itinerant preacher. Here I had frequent opportunities of observing his exemplary piety and uniform christian behaviour, both in public and private, which evinced him to be a man truly devoted to God. His family at that time consisted of his amiable consort, and two fons, with whom he never omitted the duties of social religion, but daily exercised himself with them in reading the Scripture, singing hymns, and prayer; nor would he so much as eat a morsel of bread, without acknowledging the kind hand of his heavenly Father, and praising him for the mercy bestowed. He frequently met the class to which he belonged, and a divine unction accompanied his affectionate exhortations to the people. In the prayer. meetings he poured out his soul in a moft fervent manner, not only for the Church of Christ, and the little society to which he belonged, but likewise for the conversion of those unhappy finners who had no fear of God before their eyes.
His attachment to persons of a religious character was sincere and disinterested; but especially the poor of the flock, claimed his notice and peculiar regard : The apostle's injun&tion, “ Mind not high things, but condescend to.men of low estate," he consciensiously regarded ; and when necessary affairs required his presence with persons of opulence and power, he dispatched the bugness with all expedition, and returned with satisfaction to enjoy the conversation of the humble followers of the Redeemer. His conversation was not only lively and useful, but spiritual and hea. venly, conveying instruction and adminiftering grace to those with whom he conversed. And notwithstanding his conduct appeared singular in the eyes of the world, yet his genteel and manly de, portment, tempered with humanity and candescengon, gained him the esteem and affection both of the officers and private men belonging to the regiment. Since his death, I have heard some of the soldiers speak of him with great affection, and in plaintive strains regretting his loss... · VOL XIX. April, 1796.
Mr. Tuffie's natural disposition was lively and animated, which being regulated by the power of vital Religion, and ardent love to the Redeemer, made him appear with peculiar advantage when speaking of the things of God; and induced all his acquaintance who had a relish for Religion, to embrace with pleasure, every opportunity of enjoying his conversa'ion; because there were always something to be learned from him : And for my own part, I sincerely acknowledge, that I ever esteemed it a singular privi. lege to sit at his feet, and listen to his serious, edifying discourse. : He enjoyed a large measure of communion with God; and altho' · when in company he was attentive and obliging to every one, yet it was easy to perceive that his heart was in Heaven, and that he constantly maintained a blessed intercourse and fellowship with his adorable Lord.
Being brought up in the Church of England, he was naturally attached to its forms and ceremonies, particularly in receiving the Lord's Supper. But when he came into Scotland, his good sense and piety soon gained the ascendency over the prejudice of education, and he gladly united with the people in partaking of the ordinance in their own way. Our chapel at Ayr had formerly been a large stable, but the mean appearance of the place was no obstacle to him. He ardently loved the Word of God wherever he could hear it; and he solemn attention he manifested, indicated a mind employed in secret prayer, that the Word might be blessed both to himself and the people.
It was his constant method to make the best use of every remarka able occurrence he met with, for the edification of those with whom he conversed. One Sunday evening while Mr. Jonathan . Thompson was preaching, a pious gentleman * was seized with an apoplectic fit, and fell down by the side of Mr. Tuffie. This awful dispensation of Providence, Mr. Tuffie failed not to improve, both to his own advantage, and that of his fellow-travellers to Zion, impressing upon their minds the shortness of time, the uncertainty of our existence here, and the necessity of being always prepared to meet our God.
During Mr. Tuffie's residence in America, he frequently officia ated as chaplain to the regiment, and preached to the soldiers, for
* This gentleman (Mr. Anderson) had been a minister in the Church of Scotland many years. He lived a few days after the stroke of apoplexy, and notwithstanding he was deprived of his speech, yet his fpirit and temper demonstrated him to be a Christian indeed, full of peace and love; and he died with a heavenly smile on his countenance expressive of the complete victory he obtained, through Christ, over fin, death, and hell, and of that fullness of bliss he was going to posless in the presence of God and the Lamb. I asked Mr, Anderson, a few minutes before his decease, if he was happy? He answered, by lifting up his hand again and again, as if he wished to say, “ I am happy; perfe&tly happy; and am just now entering into the joy of
which he was well qualified, having not only an experimental knowledge of the Truth, but likewile a deep acquaintance with the Holy Scriptures, which were his daily study and delight. Some of the soldiers, he had reason to believe, were brought to know themselves, and the way of salvation by Christ. Many and great dangers and difficulties, Mr. Tuffie had to encounter, while with the army in America. One time in particular, (as he ina formed me) he was so parched with thirst, that he would gladly have given almost any sum of money for a little water, but could not obtain it. After suffering great distress, he was at length relieved by observing in the footsteps of a horse a little muddy water : he stooped down, and thankfully received the supply which Providence favoured him with in his great necessity. Ac another time, while the regiment were engaged with the enemy in a wood, and the balls flying thick on every lide, being much fatigued, he stepped behind a large tree, both to rest himself, and be sheltered from the instruments of death ; but no sooner had he taken this station, than it was suggested to his mind, “ God can “ preserve you in the open field as well as here." Upon which he instantly left the place, and had no sooner done so, than a ball came whistling through the air, and lodged in the very part of the tree where he had stood. “Here (faid he) I could not but see " the hand of Providence; for had I stayed one minute longer in " that place, I must, in all probability have been a dead man.”
When Mr. Tuffie returned to England, the vessel in which he embarked was in the greatest danger of being lost in a dreadful form. When relating this circumstance, he used to say, “ My a chief concern at this awful moment, was for the everlasting es happiness of my dear family: As for myself, I knew it would " only be a few struggles in the water, and ihen my soul would be ® safely lodged in Abraham's bosom.” When Mr. Tuffie arrived in England, he met in class with the Methodists at Tinmouth, (if I remember right); and as the renewal of the tickets happened at that time, he received one with the following Scripture upon it, " Having obtained help of God, I continue unto this day : " 6 When I read it, (said he) I was ftruck with amazement, as it as was so applicable to my case : I felt my heart lified up to the 4 most blelled God in gratitude for his unspeakable goodness to " me, in preserving me from the many dangers to which I had
been exposed, and giving me an opportunity once more of " meeting with the friends of Christ.”
In the summer of 1794, Mr. Tuffie wish his youngest son, a lieutenant, embarked with the regiment for Holland, being obliged to leave his wife behind and part of his family. On this trying occasion he retained his confidence in the Lord, and in one of the letters I received from him at that time, he thus expresses himself: " Blessed be God, in him I trust, and find my mind much at to ease. What a inercy it is to have the Rock of eternal Ages to " reft upon a God whose protection and tender mercy has fela
Havint, he received as the renet Methodifts or. Tuffie
“ lowed me all my days.' And blessed be his Name, in him I now. “ duit, and should be miserable without him.” Some months after he landed on the Continent, the Lord was pleased to take him to himself after a few days sickness, at Arnheim in the pro. vince of Guelderland, in Holland, where he was buried with military honours, and attended to the grave by his son. His eldest son (likewise a lieutenant in the same regiment) died in England on his way to the continent. When the account of Mr. Tuffie's death reached England, his wife was so greatly affected, that in all probability it haftened her death, which happened in a few days after. I have good reason to hope, they are all three entered into the kingdom of Heaven, and are enjoying the blessed pre. sence of God and the Lamb. From several officers who served in the same brigade with Mr. Tuffie, I received information of his death; and I doubt not, if I could have obtained a more circumftantial account, it would have informed me, that as he had lived a life of devotedness to God, so he died full of faith and love, rejoicing in hope of a blessed immortality, Yarmouth, Dec. 29, 1795.
days after lity, it haftened is wife was the a
Mr. MATHER's second Discourse on CHRISTIAN PERFECTION.
[ Concluded from page 119. ] TN the fourth place, I shall endeavour to urge all Believers, not
I to stop short of their privileges, but to go forward to per. fe&tion.
1. You have seen, Brethren, whereunto you are called, even to Holiness. This is the mark set you by the Lord himself, in order that you may have a meetness for the inheritance among the saints' in light, for he has declared, that without this holiness you cannot see him. Nothing unclean can enter the New Jerusalem. That city and all its inhabitants are holy. There the Spirits of juft men are all perfect and holy. The hundred forty and four thousand of the twelve tribes of Israel, there sealed, are all in virgin purity, The souls of the Martyrs under the altar, are holy: They, who cast their crowns before the Throne, are all holy : having come out of great tribulation, they have washed their robes, and made them white in the Blood of that Lamb, to whom they ascribe all their falvation. The innumerable company, whom no mân can number, are all holy. The four and twenty elders, who are before the Throne, are all holy. He that sitteih upon the Throne, is perfe&tly holy: And shall we alone, who are so highly favoured: as to be called to a seat in that thrice holy place, be unholy? God : forbid! We, who are so distinguished, as to have our lot in a land, where the Gospel is so fully and clearly preached ? the Holy Spirit so largely poured out ? and the messengers of God so multiplied? We, who are allowed the high privilege of bearing
both of living and dying witnesses of holiness ? Shall we, my. beloved Brethren, live and die unholy..? Yea, and flatter ourselves, that we shall obtain Heaven, unholy as we are ? Or, which is worse, if worse can be --Shall we suppose, that Death, the article of death, the passage through death, shall do that for and in us, which Sermons, Prayers, Fastings, Watchings, Sacraments, Communion of Saints, Searching the Scriptures, Hearing of prophe. cies, covenants, and the Gospel, could not do!. Yea, which the Life, the Death, the Resurre&tion, the Intercession, the Blood, the Spirit of Christ, Faith in him, Love to him, and the highest Encouragements to expect every spiritual blessing from him ; and, above all, the Power of God 'in Christ, exerted in the soul of man, never could do! O strange idea! O sad delusion! To fancy Death should make us holy, when all these could not! And that in one moment it should effect, what years of living in fellowship with God, never could! Let others leave it to that awful moment, to that dread change, to do this for them. But do not ye, who believe the Scriptures, expect death to do more than its own work, separate the soul from the body : this indeed it is appointed to do; but you no where read in your Bible, that it was ever prophesied, promised, or covenanted, that death should save the soul from sin! Had it been so, we should, no doubt, have been directed to be lieve in, depend upon, and rely alone on it, in order to be made holy; and not be pointed to the Life, Death, Resurrection, Afcension, and Intercession of the Lord Jesus ! To Death, and not to the renewing, transforming, comforting influences of the Holy Spirit, should we have been instructed to look for the root and perfection of Holiness! And all the cautions and directions afforded us, respecting our living in the Spirit; Walking in the Spirit; Through the Spirit mortifying the deeds of the body, that we might live: Not quenching or grieving the Spirit, by whose re.: newing operations on our minds, we are led to prove, what is that good and acceptable will of God: All this, I say, should on this ground have been written of, and applied to Death! The Purifier, ---Death! The Soul's Restorer,..-Death! And to this, and not to the Power, the Truth, the Faithfulness of God, should all our views of holiness have been directed! But as we are not so dire&ted, we will continue to look for all from God through Christ, and through faith in his, atoning Blood. It is this alone, Brethren. which can purge the conscience from dead works, that we may serve the Living God in that rigbteousness and holiness he expects of us, all the days of our life. We will expect, that beholding. as in the clear mirror of the holy Gospel, the great design of God in lending his only.begotten Son into the world, even to deliver us from the hands of our enemies, for the express purpose of our fo serving him in holiness and righteousness : We will expe&t. that the end will be fully accomplished before death; and that, by so viewing his Glory, we shall be changed into the same image: Irom glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord, and not by the.