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treatise,' already quoted, is dedi- an affectionate attachment for his cated to the Congregational Church tutor till his death. Mr. Sutherat Chishill, Essex, and Melbourne, land's invitation brought Mr. WatCambridgeshire, and in the epistle son from Scotland, whence he " he begs them to receive it as a “ arrived safe at Walden, June portion from a spiritual father, a 3d, 1741," and on visiting the spiritual legacy, - a pledge and church at Chishill and Melbourne, token of my dying love and last became their accepted pastor. care for your precious souls." The Mr. Watson was held by the infirmities of advancing years now people and neighbourhood in high began to be heavily felt by him, esteem, and traditionary reports and rendered it necessary that he tell of his usefulness, though it is should be assisted in his duties. certain that his elocution was not A young minister, Mr. Leonard popular. Fisher, from the church at Keysoe, In 1743, he married Anne, the was employed for that purpose daughter of John Hanchett, Esq.of until his death, which occurred at Chrishall Grange, in the county of Chishill, 1740.* This honoured Essex,by which marriage he became pastor was interred, as we have possessed of an estate and manorial stated, in the meeting-house there, rights in the manor of Great Chisbut no monument perpetuates his hill
, by which his connection with memory, save the continuance of the neighbourhood was continued that church which his labours long after his official relations to established:
the church had terminated. His bereaved people applied to In 1745 arrangements were the Rev. James Sutherland, the made for the separation of the two excellent and learned pastor of congregations, and the people at the church at the neighbouring Melbourne chose for their pastor town of Saffron Waldon, to recom- the Rev. Richard Cooper, who was mend to them a candidate for the ordained over them in July of that pastoral office. He introduced to year, and continued to labour with them
them till his death, 1789. The Rev. JAMES WATSON, A large family of nine children
This gentleman was the seemed to demand better means of son of a farmer at Aberdour, in education than this secluded spot Aberdeenshire, where he at that period supplied, and Mr. born 1713. After the usual course Watson therefore left those quiet of grammar-school learning, he scenes, where he had spent twenty was entered as a graduate in the tranquil years, for the bustle and ancient university of Aberdeen, excitement of the metropolis. It where, in due time, he took a is only necessary to add, that he Master of Arts' degree, and was afterwards became pastor of the employed as a tutor in classical church that now assembles at and general literature, and amongst Union Street, Southwark, was his pupils he numbered the pious chosen secretary to the body of the though eccentric Alexander Cru- dissenting ministers, and received den, the laborious author of a diploma of Doctor of Divinity, the Concordance, who cherished from his alma mater; and after a
life of usefulness, be sunk by Congregational Magazine, Vol. 2. PP: the enjoyment of the consolations
gradựal decay into the grave, in 696, 697.
and hopes of the Gospel, July, his old friends at Chishill, from 1783, aged 69 years.*
Rev. vii. 14., but a few weeks beUpon the removal of Mr. James fore his death. Watson to London, his hereditary The life of Mr. William Watpossessions gave him a local inte son was holy and blameless; and rest in the place and people, which although he cannot be classed was strengthened by the resi- with eminently useful preachers dence of his brother, as a minister of the Gospel, yet his memory amongst them, and by his own was cherished with affectionate occasional visits, which partook of respect by those who had attenda pastoral character still.
ed on his ministry. He died in The Rev. WILLIAM WATSON peace, Jan. 6, 1793, in the 71st was a younger brother of the pre- year of his age. His funeral serceding gentleman, and was born mon was preached by the late in North Britain in the year 1722, Rev. James Philips, of Clapham, where he enjoyed the advan- He was interred in the parish tages of grammar-school learning, church-yard, where a plain headbut never received any academical stone preserves, the above dates, instruction with a view to the together with Rev. ii., 17th verse, Christian ministry. It is supposed, a portion of scripture of which he that being a man of piety and in- was peculiarly fond. telligence, bis brother encouraged
The death of this venerated man him to preach, and eventually in- gave the people of Chishill, now troduced him to supply the pulpit greatly reduced in numbers, an opat Chishill. He is described to portunity of choosing a pastor, who have been a judicious and evan- might raise up the waste places gelical preacher, but possessed of of their spiritual Zion. Their a voice naturally unmusical, which choice was happily directed to was made still more unharmonious their late pastor, who was honourto a southern ear, by a broad Scot- ed of God to place this village tish accent, so that his labours church in circumstances of greater were far from popular with the prosperity than it ever before witmultitude.
notwith. nessed. standing those disadvantages, a The Rev. JAMES DOBSON was man mighty in the Scriptures, and a native of Lancashire, from his mind was so well stored with whence he was early removed by their contents, that it was scarcely his parents to the metropolis, possible to name a single text to where he was soon called to know which he could not at once refer, all the privations and sorrows, specifying the book, chapter, and which follow the loss of both paverse, where it might be found.- sents. The God of the orphan, As Mr. Watson did not undertake however, was pleased to visit bim the pastoral office, his brother the with his grace in early life, and on doctor, when visiting his estate, entering upon business, he proved administered the ordinances of that he possessed talents capable Baptism and the Lord's Supper to of the most honourable and sucthe people; and the last sermon cessful application to secular purhe ever composed was delivered to suits, and which were under the Hanbury's Historical Researches, &c.
sanctifying controul of those sup. 45. W. Wilson's History, &c. Vol. 4, perior principles which true relipp. 206–209.
gion supplies. At an early period
he was united in Christian fellow- built. A few years proved that ship, with the Independent Church the place was too strait for them, then assembling at Cannon Street and several successive enlargeRoad Chapel, St. George's in the ments were made, till this devoted East, under the pastoral care of the pastor saw himself surrounded by Rev. Thomas Bryson. That esti- a congregation of about 800 permable man, who had himself been Amidst the constantly reintroduced to the ministry through curring duties of his pastoral the vigilance of others, soon ob- charge, did this valued minister served the piety, strong sense, and spend his life, and however injuadaptation for usefulness, by which rious to his bodily health these his young friend was distinguish- labours were found to be, yet it is ed, and he gave him such advice, the comfort and the honour of the and recommended such a course people to recollect, that his spirits of reading, as prepared Mr. D. to were never broken by their untoappear before the church as a ward temper or unholy conduct. candidate for the Christian minis- “I was never, during the period try. Under their sanction he of nearly forty years,” said he, went forth and preached at New- “ for a single hour made uneasy port, in Essex, and other places, by my church." It may be imatill, in the spring of 1795, he was gined that the mutual affection that led to Chishill, where, having subsisted between this faithful and preached for more than a year as devoted pastor and his attached and a probationer, he was ordained sympathetic people, was strongly pastor, May 19th, 1796.
evinced as the time drew nigh At the period he entered upon “ when they should see his face no this sphere of labour the meeting- more !” The last time he admihouse was almost deserted, and nistered the Lord's Supper he was the church was reduced to a very borne to the sacramental board, few members. It pleased God, and there, amidst extreme weakhowever, so to bless the labours of ness, he gave utterance to his his servant, that in a few years the emotions of love and joy in a maninterest attained to a degree of ner that will long live in the reprosperity vever before known. collection of his brethren : there Amidst these cheering circumstances, an event occurred which “ A mortal paleness on his cheek, threatened the most serious results.
“But glory in his soul.” The village was visited with a ca
After a season of growing delamitous fire, which in its de. bility, this valued minister at structive progress consumed not length rested from his labours, only farm houses, cottages, barns, Sabbath morning, May 6, 1832, maltings, and workshops, but also in the sixty-first year of his age, the venerable meeting-house, and and the thirty-eighth year of his thus at once destroyed the house pastoral care. of prayer, and the property of
Thus in this very secluded vilthose who worshipped in 'it.- lage, there has continued, for proThe characteristic energy of Mr. bably a century and a half, a rural Dobson was called forth by this congregation, which has increased event, and by the liberality of the in numbers, order, and efficiency, people, notwithstanding their losses, and by the aid of the religious
* Vide Evangelical Mag. July 1832, public, the meeting house was re
pp. 289, 292.
with the lapse of years, and has faithful pastor, and the volunsecured the faithful exhibition of tary contributions of his people the Gospel of Jesus to the sur- not only to support him, but to rounding hamlets, which, but for build and enlarge their house of it, might bave been left in all prayer, uphold a large Sabbaththe darkness of their natural igno- school, and to promote village
preaching at home and missions The advocates of a state provi. abroad, while they are at the sion for the support of religious or. same time taxed to support the dinances admit, that the voluntary endowed church establishment. principle may be equal to main- Sure we are, that if religion tain public worship in our larger were left to her own resources, towns and cities, but deny its com- and every community had to petency in rural districts. The provide for its own efforts, and church before us presents an in- those only, that there would be stance, of which there are, happily, seen in every district of this counmany hundreds throughout the try a much wider diffusion of kingdom, of a whole rural district spiritual religion_than has yet brought under the influence of been known. - The Lord hasten vital religion by the labours of a it in his time."
THE DECENCIES OF PUBLIC WORSHIP.
“Let all things be done decently and in order."-1 Cor. xiv. 40.
UNDER the old or Mosaic econo- most solemn manner to the altar my, great importance was attached of the Most High.
In short, to local sanctity, and the most every thing seems to have been scrupulous attention was required arranged so as to excite in the to the numerous minute ceremo- mind the conviction : Holiness benies of the levitical ritual. The cometh thy house for ever. Jews were taught to regard the On the introduction of the new temple as peculiarly the residence dispensation, all sanctity of places of Jehovaha circumstance which was removed, “In every place inwas of itself sufficient to invest cense shall be offered unto my every object in any way connected name, and a pure offering: for my with it with more than ordinary name shall be great among the sacredness, and inspire the mind heathen, saith the Lord of Hosts. with feelings of holy solemnity The hour cometh when ye shall
Those who went up to neither in this mountain, nor yet at worship in that august edifice were Jerusalem, worship the Father.”— required to sanctify themselves, in Mal. i. 11; John iv. 21. When order that they might engage in the time of reformation came, an the prescribed service in an accep- end was put to the divers washings table manner. They were to ap- and carnal ordinances, or those proach it under the influence of a appointments which related to exsacred and impressive sense of the ternal purification. Every thing Divine presence. The priests, and connected with the worship of God especially the High Priests, were was rendered more spiritual. The commanded to observe preparatory pomp and splendour necessarily oblations, and draw near in the belonging to an earthly temple
were withdrawn, to give place to every thing acceptable about the the simplicity of Gospel worship; worship is to be traced to his graand, since that period, every at- cious influence! The Redeemer tempt to call forth the beggarly. himself has promised to be specially elements of ceremonial observance present in the midst of his assemhas only tended to disfigure and bled disciples, Matt. xviii. 20, and degrade the religion of the Lord a conviction of the reality of this Jesus.
invisible presence is highly calcuGreat, however, as is the change lated to produce spiritual and holy which has thus been effected, it feelings in every regenerate mind. would be grossly erroneous to sup- The importance of the means of pose, that any alteration was de- grace, the ends to be gained by signed to be produced in the moral their due improvement, the frame sanctity of religious service, ex. of mind which corresponds to their cept it be in regard to the greater nature and design, and the high intensity given to the degree of and awful responsibilities which the that sanctity by the incomparably possession of them involves: these, more powerful excitements fure and numerous other considerations nished by the Gospel of Christ. A which will easily suggest them. spirit of listlessness, levity, and selves to the reader, conspire to daring, forms no part of that liberty fill the mind with reverence, and with which Christ hath made his lead it to cherish those feelings people free. From the burdensome and dispositions which alone can yoke of ceremonies he has indeed be regarded as comporting with the liberated them, but it is only that, hallowed associations of “the by abstracting their thoughts from. Temple of the Living God.” things visible and earthly, he The words of an inspired apostle, might the more effectually engage which stand at the head of this them to worship the Father in paper, are strongly corroborative spirit and truth. Though, there- of these observations. They exfore, there is now no more sacred- pressly inculcate, that
every ness attaching to the brick and thing connected with the public mortar of a place of worship, than worship of God should be so arto any other building whatever, ranged and conducted as the nathere is still a high degree of ture of the service requires. They sanctity pertaining to the assemblies imply that there is a decorum, à of the saints. * The temple of propriety, a decency and gracefulGod is holy, which temple ye are.” ness of demeanour to be observed Those who believe in the Saviour, by all the members of a Christian and, in obedience to his command, church, and an established order have come out from the world, and and arrangement to which it is associated themselves for the pur- their duty at all times rigidly to pose of publicly observing his ordi- adhere. They involve: nances, are a sanctified people. I. PUNCTUALITY. As it is They are not only the purchase of indispensable that a fixed and dethe blood of Christ, but the subjects finite hour for assembling be agreed of the regenerating and purifying upon by all Christian churches, influences of the Holy Spirit.- nothing can be more obvious than How solemn the reflectiou, that in the duty which such a regulation every Christian, assembled with his implies, viz. that every member brethren, the Spirit of all holiness should make it a matter of condwells and operates, and that science to be in his place by the