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ly on our knees: when the man of God poured out his heart in a prayer so tender, devout and appropriate, that our hearts must have been harder than the nether millstone had they not melted with sorrow for our sins, and gratitude for our deliverance.
A short recital appeared in one of the city papers at that time, of the casualty, with a tribute of praise and gratitude to Bishop Moore-which has probably been forgotten by all those who then read, or heard it; but al though nearly a half century has elapsed, the impressions then made on my heart, have never been effaced, and the name of Bishop Moore has never failed to call to my remembrance my deliverance from a watery grave, and my able, and estimable deliverer!
The fearless exposure of his own life to save his fellow creatures from a watery grave, insured for this servant of God the affectionate confidence of those who had been preserved by his instrumentality, and inclined them to listen with docile meekness to the spiritual counsel and exhortation he addressed to them, and fervently to join in the supplications and thanksgivings which he offered in their behalf at the throne of the heavenly grace. The good seed sown amid the melting and hallowing influence of that eventful hour, will doubtless yield fruit unto eternal life.
Never does piety appear more attractive than when clothed in the garment of charity, and acts of kindness and beneficence on the part of its ministers prepare the way for the effective exhibition of the Gospel. A cheerful exercise of all the tender charities of life, leading to a steady course of well-doing, gave to Dr. Moore a strong hold upon
the affections of his parishioners at large, and prepared them to receive with meekness those doctrines of salvation which were so beautifully illustrated and enforced by his benevolent example. Never, probably, was a pastor more thoroughly grounded in the respect and love of his flock than the subject of this memoir. They knew the voice of the shepherd and followed his gentle guidance as he led them into green pastures and beside the still waters. In the duties of that rural parish he found great delight, and while cheered by the steady advancement and prosperity of the churches entrusted to his care, he was also occasionally favoured with those plentiful harvests which, in the spiritual no less than in the natural world, give joy to the heart of the husbandman. Amidst the trials and discouragements of his later years, he often adverted with pleasure to the ministry of his early manhood, and seemed, for the moment, to live again in renovated youth, amidst the interesting and beautiful scenery of that lovely Island. More than once have we seen his old eyes sparkle with pleasure, and his countenance brighten with joy, while relating a memorable incident that took place there. He had been preaching at one of his usual stations in the afternoon, and, the ordinary closing devotions being ended, pronounced the benediction. But not a person moved to retire. All seated themselves in the attitude of fixed and solemn attention. A member of the church arose and said Dr. Moore, the people are not disposed to go home; please give us another sermon.' At the close of that, the like scene was repeated. And the services were continued until, at the close of a third sermon, the preacher was obliged to say My beloved people, you must now disperse-for, although I delight to proclaim the glad tidings of salvation, my strength is exhausted and I can say no more.' On the
next day, in his visits among his people, the mystery of this strange occurrence was revealed. He found that while he had been addressing the ears of the assembly, God's spirit had been working powerfully upon their hearts. Under those sermons many were awakened to righteousness; it was the commencement of a glorious revival of religion, as the fruits of which more than sixty new-born souls were added to the communion of the faithful.
While Dr. Moore was rector of St. Andrew's, Staten Island, he was elected one of the clerical deputies to represent the diocese of New York in the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States, holden in Baltimore, in the month of May, 1808. During the session of the Convention he preached several times in the churches of the latter city with his usual success, and afterwards, on the death of Dr. Whitehead, received an invitation from St. Paul's parish to become their rector. This was the second call he received to that important church; both of which, however, he felt it his duty to decline. At that General Convention, the only one ever held south of Philadelphia, the hymns of the Church were increased from twenty-seven to fifty-seven. Dr. Moore was chairman of the committee by which the additional hymns were selected. When the report was read by the chairman, one hymn after another was adopted without discussion; till at length an opponent of the measure paid the following compliment to the sweet voice and impressive manner of the reader. "I object to the hymns being read by that gentleman, for we are so fascinated by his style of reading that we shall without hesitation adopt them all."
During the whole of his more than twenty years' ministry in St. Andrew's, he was incessantly engaged in the arduous
but delightful duties of a faithful parish priest. He was in labours most abundant; "in season and out of season;" in the churches on the Lord's day, and in school-houses and farm-houses in different parts of the Island on week-days, he ceased not to proclaim to the people of his charge "the unsearchable riches of Christ." His ministry there was, in its character and effects, very much like that of the sainted LEGH RICHMOND, in the Isle of Wight. Such scenes of pastoral fidelity on the one hand, and docile piety on the other; of cordial co-operation and mutual affection between ministers and people, give joy to Heaven, but, alas! are too seldom witnessed upon earth.
The following extract from the funeral address delivered in the Monumental Church, by the Rev. Wm. Norwood, Bishop Moore's assistant in said church, will form an appropriate conclusion to this review of his ministry on Staten Island.
"His faithfulness in all the departments of ministerial duty; his zeal in the advancement of true religion; his love of his Divine Master, and of his work; his unaffected love of all men; his serenity of manners and entire freedom from spiritual pride, and all moroseness in his theological views, gave him not only an unbounded popularity among the people, but won for him their warm admiration and sincere attachment. The fruits of such labours, and of such a Christian character, were soon abundantly manifested. His congregation soon overflowed, and it became necessary to enlarge the church edifice. The number of his communicants rapidly increased, and the standard of their piety was much elevated. Even after a large addition to the sittings of his church, it soon became necessary to make still further provision for the numbers who flocked
to his ministry, and a Chapel of Ease was provided, six miles distant from the parish church. During his attendance upon the late General Convention, in October last, the writer of this sketch visited this scene of the early labours of his venerated and beloved friend. It was grateful to every good feeling of the heart to witness the ardent love and unaffected veneration for their old pastor, which were still cherished, and remained enshrined in the hearts of his former parishioners and their children. It was delightful to address, in the two beautiful churches of the Parish, large congregations of zealous worshippers of Almighty God, and to see the son of this venerable man, who had, in his earliest manhood, and immediately after his admission to Holy Orders, succeeded his father in this interesting charge, now himself more than fifty years of age, and honoured with the title of Doctor of Divinity, after a useful and successful ministry of thirty-two years, still occupying the post of his father's duties, and walking in the steps of that good old man as a faithful and beloved shepherd of Christ's flock."