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To their numerous Correspondents, who so highly prize the Religious and Missionary Intelligence of the Work, the Conductors beg to express their intentions of rendering this department of the Magazine somewhat more comprehensive. Although the Missionary Chronicle must be mainly confined to that noble Institution, of which it is the accredited organ, yet in the other parts of the Magazine it is proposed to aim at something like a digest of Missionary enterprise throughout the world, and to give to all the existing Protestant Missions a measure of attention from month to month.
The Conductors of the Evangelical Magazine cannot conclude this brief Address, without heaving a sigh over the memory of the revered and greatly lamented Dr. Bogus, one of the earliest friends of the Work, and of the cause to which it has ever been devoted. The erasure of such an honoured name from the list of their Trustees and Contributors, by reason of death, brings to their recollection the affecting truth, that the first promoters of this most useful Miscellany are hastening, one after another, to the house appointed for all living. May others rise up to fill their places in the vineyard of the Lord, and may it ever appear, that while the servants die the Master liveth! The great cause is His; and when Elijah is withdrawn, Elisha shall catch his mantle, and all the Churches shall know that “ Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever.'
MEMOIR OF THE LATE REV. JOSEPH JEFFERSON,
OF THIRSK, YORKSHIRE.
THE Rev. Joseph Jefferson was and to show them an exemplary pat
born at Wigton, in Cumberland, tern of Christian behaviour. Such October 28, 1766. He received a he afterwards stated to have been his liberal education at the Grammar- feelings with regard to the clerical school in that town, at which he con- office. tinued till his 18th year.
His knowledge of the gospel of rents encouraged the studious dispo- Christ was at this period painfully sition of their son; and his early pro- deficient, and he had to contend with ficiency was such, that, in January disadvantages of no ordinary mag1784, he commenced a school at nitude. A book, entitled “ The Pious Whinns, in the vicinity of his native Country Parishioner," occasioned town; and in June 1785 succeeded him a long mental conflict; which to the mastership of the Free-school yet appears to have been overruled at Bothel.
by the goodness of God to the proFrom his earliest years Mr. J. was duction of incalculable benefit. This of a reflecting and serious mind, and, manual of piety enforced “the duty having been educated in the Esta- of all Christians of riper years, that blished Church, intended to take is, about 16 or 17 years of age,” to reorders in her communion. It had ceive the Sacrament. As Mr. J. was given him pain to observe the care- of the prescribed age, he was often less manner in which many of the disturbed with compunction for negclergy performed their offices: and lecting this duty; and yet, under his although he was at this time far from present consciousness of unfitness, he those views and feelings of religious scarcely dared to presume on such a truth which he afterwards attained, solemn act. The painful emotions of yet his upright mind looked forward his mind were indescribable; convicto ordination with the most disinte- tions of sin haunted him without rested motives, little anxious for pre- ceasing; and the failure of repeated ferment, but wishing rather for a resolutions of amendment and future studious and contemplative life, and godliness embittered his very life. intending to make it his business to Attendance on the public worship of instruct and benefit his parishioners, the Church, and the reception of the
Sacrament, brought not the wished- efforts to banish the supposed infor relief'; and nearly five years pass- disposition, and to recover his exed away in this state of anxiety and hausted spirits. They knew not that trouble. Like many who have pre- no earthly physician can give rest to ceded him in this painful discipline, the wounded spirit, and that the an. he thought his own case peculiar, guish of a guilty conscience needs and different from that of all other the gracious healing of a heavenly men; and thus found little relief Comforter. in those passages of Scripture and In this year, 1787, Mr. J. began those books of religious instruction, frequently to attend, at Bothel, the which have brought peace to the preaching of the Rev. Henry Townsminds of many in the tumult of their end, of Cockermouth. To the inthoughts.
structions received in the house where In the year 1787, Mr. J. first ven- the Dissenters worshipped, he was tured to reveal his distress to a pious deeply indebted; and although he neighbour, a Dissenter, and in his “ loved the praise of men,” and house, for the first time in his life, would gladly have avoided the reattended family prayer. He now proach of worshipping with Disdiscovered that his own literary at- senters, yet truth at length prevailed tainments were insufficient qualifica- over prejudice, and the benefit detions for the ministry which he an- rived, outweighed all considerations ticipated, and learned how much of a minor character. need he had, before he became a To the year 1788, Mr. J. was acteacher of others, to be himself taught customed to look back as the period even the first principles of the gospel. of his deliverance from that fearful The conversation of this good man 'anguish which he had so long enset before him the way of salvation dured. His distress gradually subby faith in the Son of God, and sided as his understanding increased the books which he kindly furnished of the truths of the Gospel of Christ. let in upon his mind a light which he He felt now a pleasure in the duties had never before seen. The Scrip- of religion, and, having often prayed tures were more diligently, studied, for very bitterness of soul, he now and more earnest prayer was offered prayed with joy and gratitude, having for the teachings of God. And yet communion with the Father, and a considerable time elapsed, before with his Son Jesus Christ.” That the troubled mind found peace and dependence which he had once placed joy in believing. The terrors of God upon amendment and virtuous resoludrank up his spirit, and he himself tions was destroyed; and that faith, described his situation as resembling which is at once so humiliating and that of the desponding patriarch.* exalting, vindicated its ascendancy. “When I lie down, I say, when shall With faith came hope and charity. I arise, and the night be gone! I am From this period, the consistency of full of tossings to and fro urto the a holy life showed the reality of the dawning of the day.” The long con- change which had passed upon him ; tinuance of such keen mental suffer- and it is probable that, to the severity ing had its effect upon his health, and of the discipline through which he had by the advice of friends, medical aid been brought, may be traced that rewas resorted to. The family in which markable humility and that quick senhe resided kindly endeavoured to af- sitiveness of conscience, which disford every alleviation, and the apo- tinguished the whole of his subsequent thecary's care was seconded by their character.
About the year 1788, Mr. J. was in * Job vii.
the habit of walking every Sabbatli