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Nation, Feb. 19, 1822," it appears that Mr. Taylor had written him, and that his kindness and christian faithfulness had deeply impressed his heart.
“Dear friend, (he says,) we were made acquainted by a kind Providence, and I hope I shall never forget all your kindness to me. When I think of New York, it seems near, and I feel almost as if there. When I went there I was a stranger, and you were so kind as to be my guide and assistant to the place where my son was, for which I am under great obligations of gratitude. You not only rendered me all necessary assistance on the way, but when we arrived at Cornwall, you was so kind as to converse with me on the subject of religion. What you told me I ought to do, I am now fully determined to do. I think I can say now that I do seek the Savior; but I do not find him. I hope the Lord will hear my prayers, and enable me to find the right way. I thank you for, and rejoice to think of what you told me. I also rejoice that the missionaries here tell me the same; and that there are some, even in this land, who care for my soul.
Another extract of a letter addressed to Mr. Taylor, Feb. 25, 1822, by one to whom he had been useful in an excursion during vacation, will give the reader some idea of the active zeal of this young Christian.
On looking back on my life, and recalling past scenes, I remember with humility, with love and aduration, the occurrences of the past year. I adore the riches of that grace which, I hope, plucked me as a brand from everlasting burnings. To you, my friend, I feel peculiarly grateful; and as long as I live, I shall
remember your faithful admonitions and prayers. 1 have reason every day to adore and praise that Providence which directed you in my way, and made you an instrument of doing much good to my soul. When I first saw you I was where I had been for years. I knew that I was a sinner; that my situation was wretched ; and that remaining where I was, I must perish. But yet I made no exertions to escape. I was waiting for the irresistible influences of the Spirit, with the excuse that I could do nothing myself. You were employed by an overruling hand to rouse me from this state of awful stupidity and sin. Your words went like daggers to my guilty conscience, and wrought that conviction in my soul which I had never experienced before. It is needless for me to tell you what I then felt, as you were a witness to part of my anxiety and distress. You also saw the change which took place in my feelings. O happy seasons of delight-how I love to call them to remembrance ! The Lord has not only been kind to me, but has extended his mercy to my beloved companion ; and while we deserved nothing but wrath, has made us, as we hope children of his grace and heirs of everlast
It would be easy to give many similar passages from other letters, showing that this young academical student was made, to a surprising extent, useful in bringing sinners to a knowledge of their condition, and conducting them to Jesus Christ as their Savior.
It is apparent from the following letter to his friend H-, that his mind was at the same time intent on his own preparation for the ministry, and that while he wished to possess all the intellectual qualifications required, his first object was to make eminent attainments in holiness.
March 9, 1822. “You no doubt rejoice with me that our friend C. and my brother F. have given themselves up for the work of the holy ministry. O, my brother, what a gracious Providence it is that calls so many young men from mercantile business to labor in the vineyard of our Lord. More than all, I wonder that I should be counted worthy to do any thing in the glorious work of salvation. How astonishing ! 'How condescending and how kind ! How signal was my escape! When every thing indicated that my situation was fixed for life, and that I should have to spend my days in buying and selling, a kind Providence opened a way for me to enter upon my studies. You know what were my difficulties. I cannot, with the certainty I wish, say that I have been, and yet I dare not say that I have not been called of heaven-no, I dare not. But, would I 'look back ?" No, verily. I desire to be a minister of the Gospel above and before all earthly things. My mind is bent on it, with the most earnest wish to spend and be spent in the Lord's service. How else could I be happy ?
“ The work of the holy ministry is, we hope and trust, before us. No doubt you have dwelt, as I have; on the necessary work of preparation with fear and much trembling, yet with satisfaction and joy. But yet it can never be amiss for us to stir up each other's minds by way of remembrance.
“ That a minister of the Gospel should be a con
verted man, is too plain, and commonly believed, for me to insist on. He must be born from above-be cre. ated in Christ Jesus unto good works-have his name written in heaven. Thither, when going out and coming in, at home and abroad, he should direct his affections and desires, his whole walk and conversation: there should he lay up his treasures, and look to heaven as his eternal home. Nothing can be more unbecoming in one who ministers in holy things, than worldly-mindedness. May God, of his infinite mercy, make us peculiarly humble ; and fit us to bear the vessels of the Lord, by imparting to us much of Enoch’s spirit.
“A minister of Jesus Christ ought to be thoroughly furnished for his work. It need not be splendid furniture, to attract admiration; but solid, substantial, and fit for use. We must seek it in the store-house of grace. There is enough treasured up in Christ-may we receive from his fullness! Let us make our Bibles our text books.
“But the preacher must have a call from the great Head of the church, whose prerogative it is to raise up, qualify, and send forth laborers. Alas! how miserable must that man be, who preaches when he is not sent. None of the truths which he utters--none of the warnings which he gives, but reverberate, 'Physician, heal thyself.' O may you and I have our commissions from Christ, to go into the world and preach his Gospel
May we receive an unction from the Holy One; be set apart by the great High Priest of our profession; be filled with the Holy Ghost, and with the fire of divine love-love supreme towards God, ardent towards our brethren, and universal O may
towards perishing sinners. May the Spirit of the Lord rest on our hearts as a spirit of prayer, a spirit of conversation, a spirit of exhortation, a spirit of preaching Then, setting up our banner in the name of the Lord, we shall destroy the works of the devil, and advance the interests of the Redeemer's kingdom.
“A minister has great need to look well to all his motives. Does he work for filthy lucre's sake ? then he cannot prosper. Does he seek the honor that cometh from men, and not that which cometh from God only ? then leanness and barrenness will rest on his heart, life, preaching, and conversation. we enter the work to win souls to Christ, and have, as our great motive, the honor of our blessed Redeemer. May we forget every thing about ourselves but our responsibility, the shortness of our lives, our final account, and our eternal state; and may we always remember that many, many souls, in their eternal interests, depend on our faithfulness. May God make us faithful.
“The greatness of this work should rest like a heavy weight on our minds. O ! it is a work for eternity. The mischiefs of unfaithfulness here can never be repaired. To fail here, is to fail for ever. If souls are lost through our neglect, they are murdered. May we, with our might, do all for God. O! to be devoted servants of his, and workmen that need not be ashamed. Then, when we come to give an account of our stewardship, we shall have joy and not grief.
“Ministers, of all others, should be holy men Christians every where, and no common Christians , always setting an example for the flock to iinitate