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chapter of the Romans, he obtained a " when he was reviled, reviled not clear view of the scriptural doctrine of again." The peculiar features of his justification by faith-a view which he renovated character were humility and never after lost sight of. He frequently charity, in the large acceptation of the spoke of that evening as the time from term; while that sincerity, firmness, which he dated his more distinct per- and integrity, which had always been ception of what he called Evangelical prominent features in his character, doctrines; but he had for months now slione with a still steadier and before lived under their influence by brighter lustre, being derived from the teaching of the Holy Spirit, for principles and motives
infinitely above whose enlightening as well as sancti. the maxims of this world, or the fying aid he was daily praying, and suggestions of mere natural constituwhose promise, that they that seek tion or artificial refinement shall find, was fully verified in his ex In his creed, Mr. Townshend was perience.
a genuine member of the Church of From this time Mr. Townshend England; a minister truly attached to walked closely with Gud, growing in her Articles and services, and who grace and in the knowledge of his scrupulously adhered to all her forms, Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Nor got from bigotry, but from a sense of did the change which had taken place duty, and a conviction of their excelin his religious sentiinents, fail to dig. lence: yet he loved all who loved the play itself in his conduct, or to pro- Lord Jesus Christ, and never, it is duce in him the distinguishing and believed, allowed himself to draw inappropriate fruits which accompany vidious comparisons. Maintaining, in true repentance and faith. He speedily the spirit of nieekness and candour, renounced many worldly pursuits in his own preferences, he allowed the which he had formerly indulged. He full rights of conscience to others, whewas no longer to be seen in those re. ther in or out of the Establishment. sorts of fashionable amusement jo The doctrine of justification by faith which he had previously mingled, but alone, he held to be the great pillar of an alteudance on which he now felt every true church. To some points of was incompatible with the nobler ob. secondary consideration, respecting jects of his high vocation as a Chris- which much difference of Opinion tian. In the exercise of his ministerial exists, he assented just so far as he office, the change in his character was thought he saw them in the Bible, especially striking.. " The grace of while he greatly regretted that they God was seen," and its powerful in- should ever be so maintained, or so opfluence over his character displayed, posed, as to occasion the slightest in the fervour and devotion of his breach of Christian charity. Christ public ministrations; in the deeper crucified, as the foundation of all our anxiety which he now manifested for dependence, and Christ, in his various the spiritual interests of his flock ; in offices, becoming our“ wisdom, righte. the additional means of instruction ousness, sanctification, and redempo which he laboured to provide for their tion," constituted the subject of his welfare; in the frequency of his pas- public discourses and private teaching, toral visits among them; and in the and the ground of all his own hopes delight which he felt and expressed and expectations. He received every whenever any of them seemed to profit thing at the hand of God, as the gift of by his exertions in their behalf: 'Not free and unmerited grace; and he went was the power of true religion less on from strength to strength, as a re. conspicuous in the improvemeat of cipient of that grace, till he was rethose parts of his character which, as moved to appear before his God in the has been mentioned, were naturally the heavenly Zion. most faulty. Ile who before was proud For several years previously to his became deeply abased in the sight of death, he found his strength declining, God, and learned to think more highly and therefore desired constantly to of others than of himself. He whose keep that solemn event in view. Many qunity before leil him to court the ad- quotations frum his letters might be miration of his fellow-creatures, now adduced in proof of this; but one may reuounced it as dangerous to his soul's suffice. Writing to a beloved friend health. He who was formerly ready and relative, a few months before his to take fire at injuries and affronts, decease, he says; ". We rejoiced to now received them with an exemplary hear of your safe arrival, through the portion of the meekness of Him who, blessing of God at the scene of all your duties and your joys. May your fied the Scripture assurance, « Thott heavenly Father long continue you in shalt keep him in perfect peace whose the full and faithful discharge of the mind is stayed on Thee.” He remarkone, and a duly chastised enjoyment ed, that he had not a ruffled thought;" of the other! Perhaps my mind may that he was “ severed from every be more led to these prayers in behalf earthly tie,” (dear as many were, and of others, and more especially of those one in particular); that his desire was I love, since it seems to be the will to depart and be with Christ, on whose of God to abridge me of the former, full salvation all his present hopes and and at the same time to forwaro me future expectations reposed. He disof no very distant dereliction of the played an entire resignation of bimlutter. God in his mercy grant that self and all that he had, into the these may be followed by a full frưi- hands of his Heavenly Father; estion of those which eye hajh not seen pressing such views of his own sinful nor ear heard, &c., and which shall ness, as made the atonement of Christ be the portion of all who are his by in its personal application to himsell, faith in Christ Jesus. You will not, I infinitely preciouis. He strongly felt trust, refer these expressions to gloom, the value of the Divine promises at or the melancholy effusion of acci- this trying period; and remarked : “I dental depression of spirits. No: these have often studied the promises of have no part in them. I have long God, and believed them, and knew been sensible of a gradual diminution that they were very full; but never both of mental and bodily powers. felt, nor conld I have conceived, the This has evidently made great pro- full effect of them in my own experigress within the last two months; and ence till now." These promises were an interdict, under which my medical truly his support and consolation. The adviser has now laid me, more esper power and grace of Christ rested on cially from preaching and almost all himn: bis faith and patience were never professional exertions, confirms me in exhausted ; and his peace flowed on the persuasion, that my Heavenly Fa- as a river" to the last. His care for ther graciously designs by these risitathe souls of others, and his desire tions to putme on the watch. May I to glorify God, became increasingly pot defeai this his additional goodness, strong. He was sensible of his situabut be, if possible, in momentury expec- tion to the final moment of his earthtation of the God of my salvation ! ly existence, and closed bis eyes,doubtThis calls for your heartý Amen.” less, with " a hope full of immorta
The death-bed of this excellent man lity." was a scene not to be forgotten. It veri
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not yield through any interested MEMOIR OF THE LATE RIGHT or ambitious motive is proved by REV. THEODORE DBHON, D, D. a resolution which he formed, that
the appointment should never be (Concluded from p. 679.)
to bim a source of emolument; and N the year 1812, the Convention that, far from assuming any appear
of South Carolina unanimously ance of elevation above his brechose Dr. Dehon for their bishop. thren or his flock, he would endeaThe post had been unoccupied for vour more than ever to be " the many years: it was also an office servant of all.” The following oblittle known, and of an unpopular servations found in a paper after character in the country; and, be- his death evince the truly Christian sides involving great anxiety and spirit in wbich he undertook the fatigue, appeared likely to give office. rise to much misconception and “ It having pleased Almighty misrepresentation. It was besides God to permit me to be called to not very congenial to the retired the office of a bishop in his church, habits, the diffident manners, and I ought to be humbled to the dust, the early associations of a man by the sense of my unworthiness, like Dehon, to whom honours were and penetrated with gratitude, love, burdens; and was also a post for and fear, for 'this undeserved diswhich be conscientiously thought tinction. Lord! what am I, or bimself very ill qualified. He, bow. what is my father's house, that ever, fully entered into the views of thou shouldest bring me to this his fellow-churchmen in relation to honour in thy service?' I have exthe importance, and, as be consi- amined my past life. Oh! how dered, ihe necessity, of the episco- little do I find with which to be pal order; and remarked that, in satisfied! how much to condemn! declining to receive it, he should God be merciful to me a sinner?' incur as great responsit .lity as in Would men inspect themselves accepting it. He therefore delibe- closely by the light of God's word, rately weighed the subject with how little cause would they find in much fervent prayer to God for themselves for self-complacency. direction, and with an attentive Alas ! my best services have been perusal of the Epistles to Timothy alloyed with too much selfishness ; and Titus, in order to have fully and conscience accuses me of many before him the qualifications requi- sius. Never have I felt myself so site for a bishop. He also frankly poor and needy, so culpable and stated bis difficulties to his bre- wretched, so much a subject for tbren, and did not at length accept mercy rather than favour. Lord, the office till they had expressed what is man, that thou art mindful their deliberate opinion tbat, under of bim; or the son of man, that thou the circumstances of the case, Di- so regardest him?' At times I have vine Providence called him to it, felt as if I would give worlds, if I and that it was clearly his duty to had them, could I but go spotless
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into the office whereunto I have likely to forget : his countenance been permitted to be called. But, beamed with affection, devotion, perbaps, there is something of pride and every Christian grace, in a and self-love in this. There is way difficult either for the pen or none good but One. All whom pencil to describe; nor did he ever He has employed, from among lose his devotional and interesting men, have been sinners. In Him manner of conducting these seralone can there be any glorying; vices, though they were often to Him must be all glory. Saul protracted for many bours, and who persecuted, and Peter who were sometimes interrupted by a denied Jesus, were employed as want of sympathy in those around Apostles by Him, and ibeir con- In his visitations, he ever version has scarcely done less than kept in mind his great object : in their labours for His cause. I all his conversations, his anxiety for hope that God has presented me the welfare of the church of Christ, with this most humbling view of especially of that branch of it of myself, that I may perceive fully at which he was a minister and overmy entrance on this office, that if seer, was prominent. He carried a I stand at all, it must be in the Christian and a missionary spirit worthiness of Christ: that in me into the social circle ; and even there is no good thing to give me amidst the exertion and haste of authority, power, complacency, or his visitations, he would go many confidence: that I must act by his miles out of his way to visit authority and power ; be a depend- a Christian inquirer, or a sick or ant of his, and owe every thing to afflicted person“ perishing for lack Him; especially that I may know of knowledge,” Many of the and feel ihe absolute necessity, the parishes in his diocese were far amazing extent, the constraining remote from his residence ; and as power of his mercy in Christ Jesus; bis duties to bis owo large congreand so have a fuller sense of the im- gation would not permit of his portance of the treasure entrusted being absent long together from to me. My best delight bas been Charleston, he was obliged to train His law. My fondest joy****, vel with a degree of exposure and
This interesting fragment here fatigue which his delicate constiabruptly terminates ; but not tution could ill sustain, especially without having disclosed to the in a Carolinean climate, travelling reader the feelings of devotion, of often beyond midnight, and hastenself-abasement, and of trust in God, ing not unfrequently from church with which this bumble-minded 10 cburch, worn down in body, but man commenced bis episcopal la- ardent in spirit, without even al. bours. His life bisberto had been lowing lime between one service somewhat retired, but he soon be- and another for the friendly hospicame well skilled in all tbe duties talities wbich he so much needed, of bis public station. In the chair and which an affectionate people of the State Convention, he display- were most anxious to bestow. Ia ed an exemplary diligence and im- these visitations be succeeded by partiality, combined with an up- the Divine blessing, in reviving episaffected dignity of deportment, copal worship in several parishes great collectedness of spirit, and where it bad been long neglected, an almost instinctive discrimination and establishing it in others where in matters of business. In admi- it had been hitherto unknown. The nistering the rite of Confirmation, candidates for Protestant Episor conferring boly orders, he ex- copal ordination having at ihat hibited a demeanour and expression time no regular instructor, he vowhich none who have ever beheld luntarily undertook that office; him on such occasions, will be pointing out to them the best theological works for their study, pa- the spring of 1817, at New York, tiently examining the abstracts where Bishop Dehon attended in which they made under his direc- his place; and though a young man, tions; conversing with them with and almost the junior bishop, anithe freedom of a friend and brother; mated, by his powerful influence, and as a parent correcting their the whole body of that assembly. errors, and cherishing in them On no occasion probably had his the dispositions which become the talents and eloquence appeared to sacred office, His examination for so great advantage, and never cerorders, as respected sound doctrine, tainly did he impress on his admire personal piety, professional attain- ing auditors a greater regard for ment, and attachment to the dis. his person, or a greater estimation cipline of the episcopal church, of his Christian zeal and piety. He was strict and conscientious. It had attended this General Convenneeds scarcely be added, that he tion with almost certain risk to his cherished great affection for his health, having, on a similar occaelergy, whom he was always pleased sion in 1814, keenly experienced to see around him, especially at the hazard of returning to the pesthe sacred altar; and he particular. tilential climate of Charleston at ly wished to have the society and midsummer. But his sense of duty advice of one or more of them in prevailed, and he counted not his all his episcopal visits, alleging the life dear if he might in any way example of our Lord, who sent out benefit the church of Christ. On bis ministers by“ two and two.” his arrival at home, he instantly He felt great interest in their con- resumed his customary duties willa cerrs: his influence and exertion his characteristic ardour and actiwere ever at command to promote vity. The larger sphere in which their welfare, and his purse to sup- his talents had been lately displayply their necessities. He extended ed, had created in him no distaste his regard to their families, and, in for the most minute details of his case of their death, would undertake ordinary function: he was seen vithe education of their fatherless off- siting the poor, the sick, the afflictspring. He was particularly anai- ed, as usual ; and his last visit, ous for the establisbment of a col- witbin a few hours of the attack of lege under the patronage of the that malady which terminated bis whole of the American Protestant life, was to the cbamber of a moEpiscopal church for the instruction ther who had lost her child. The of candidates for the sacred ministry, seeds of the fever which ended thus This measure be had urged for a fatally, and for the receptiou of considerable period in the General which his return to Charleston in Convention, and elsewhere, with- the sickly season bad predisposed out effect; but he had the satis. him, are thought to have been sowo faction, before his death, to in- while he was attending by the deathduce a change in the opinions of bed and at the grave of the wife those who had most strongly op- of a clerical brother who was from posed the project. His success on home, and whose family the bishop This occasion filled bim with the had been accustomed to visit in liveliest joy; and the " Theological seasons of sickness and affliction. Academy” since instituted in con- The last two letters be ever wrote sequence of his exertions, bids fair were to the absent relatives of this to become as splendid a monument lady, to cousule them under their to his memory as a lasting benefit bereavment. to the American Episcopal church, The Bishop's illness was too seand to posterity.