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and Spafields. In December, 1799, Alley, Mary's Abbey, Usher's Quay, or Dr. Haweis strongly expressed his de- Alderman Hutton's dining-rooms, until sire that he should accompany the the 3rd of July, when he left Dublin missionaries in February of the follow and set ont on his missionary tour ing year, as an inspector, visiting the through the south of Ireland. He Cape, Port Jackson, Otaheite, China, preached at each of the following places: and Bengal, and to return, bringing the ---Bray, Enniskerry, Newtown Mount report of the brethren to England. It Kennedy, Wicklow, Arklow, Gorey, En. was not the Lord's will, however, that niscorthy, Newtown Barry, Ross, Waterhe should go.
ford, Carrick-on-Suir, Cashel, Clonmel, In January, 1800, when in Bath, he Thurles, Cork, and Roscrea. In most received a letter from the Rev. J. of these places he was well received, Walker,* the minister of Bethesda Cha- although often meeting with great oppel (Episcopalian), Dublin, conveying position, not only from the Roman the request of the General Evangelical Catholic priests, but from nominal ProSociety of Dublin, that he should re- testants. His life was repeatedly in new his visit to Ireland, with a view to danger. Threatening notices were sent carrying on the great work he had to him; and the priests denounced him commenced. He did not immediately from the altar. None of these things reply; whereupon the Rev. G. Hamil- alarmed or deterred him from pursuing ton, of Armagh, added bis entreaties, his Master's work. In no instance did and authorized him to procure two or he change his plan or place of preaching three helpers in the same glorious work. because of the threatening appearances After some unavoidable delay, he deter- around him. Neither were the people mined to revisit the Emerald Isle. held back from hearing him. They Leaving Bath, he proceeded to Ebley came in thousands from their native in Gloucestershire, where he was en- bills and valleys in several instances abled to preach with great power. walking many miles_following himfrom Thence he went to Portsmouth, for the place to place, and often putting thempurpose of visiting his missionary bre-selves in posts of danger to defend him thren, and bidding them adieu. At from injury. Brighton he preached twice on his way He returned to Dublin, where he was to London, where he remained a fort more popular than ever. Crowds flocked night, addressing crowded congrega- to hear him. He remained here until tions.
after the birth of his second son, Henry. Once more parting with his dear and In January, 1801, he went to Limerick; valued friends, he left England, accom- and while there received a letter from panied by bis wife and son, and also by the Rev. J.Walker, giving him directions the Rev. William Gregory (who was from the committee to proceed in his captured in the ship Duff). They landed itinerancy. He forthwith complied, safely in Dublin on Friday, June 13th, preaching in Ennis, Gort, Newtown, 1800; and on the following Sabbath Clare, Tuam, Aughrim, Ballina, EyroMr. Cooper commenced, or rather re- court, Banagher, Beir, Tullamoro, Kilsumed, his labours, by preaching in beggan, Philipstown, Rathangan, ProsMary's Abbey in the morning, and in perous Celbridge, Maynooth, Leislip, Plunket-street Meeting-house in the and Lucan, arriving once evening. He continued preaching every Dublin. Thus he continued from time day either in Plunket-street, Swift's to time with heart-cheering success. * Formerly a Fellow of Trinity College,
In July of this year, the Bishop of and editor of an edition of Lucian, and other Limerick offered him episcopal ordinaworks.
tion. His friends in Dublin, especially
Messrs. Walker and Kelly,* were most In November, 1801, he received a anxious he should accept it, as a means very pressing call from the congreof extending his usefulness. Perplexed, gation assembling in Plunket- street he wrote to his faithful and revered Meeting-house.* The unwillingness friend, Dr. Haweis, in whose reply are of his friends in England, that he contained the following words:-"I should permanently settle in Ireland, certainly advise you to receive episcopal caused him to hesitate ; but another ordination under the circumstances you and more pressing invitation in April, mention, as a very great additional 1802, decided his acceptance of the means of opening doors of usefulness pastoral charge there, which he susfor you; and if my suffrage and attesta- tained for nearly twenty-six years. tion to your character will not injure, The zeal and energy of character, the instead of benefiting you, I shall send bold, undaunted, and enterprising spirit it in the fullest manner. With respect of the highly gifted servant of God, to the cure proposed, or rather sine- seemed to have marked him out as cure, I see no reason for your declining more peculiarly adapted for missionary it; and certainly shall wish you employed work ; but when, in the providence of where you can be most useful, whether God, his sphere of usefulness became in England or Ireland. . . . . I think more confined and centralized, as the the labourer, in your case especially, is chosen pastor of the congregation asworthy of his hire, and rather wonder sembling in Plunket-street, his great that the Society which has courted you and diversified powers drew wondering to Ireland, should not in the most libe- and admiring thousands. His comral manner strengthen you for the work. manding appearance, the fascination
. . Consult Mr. Walker as my own of his manner, the clear and silvery self, and be guided by his advice. tones of his powerful voice, his intense Beware only of self-will and self-com- earnestness, and the force and eloquence plaisance. . . . You have known popu- of his language, while holding forth to larity long enough to be tried, to be his attentive audience the words of tempted, and to groan, being burdened. eternal life, with a power which could Ah! my dear Cooper, all safety is to be have proceeded only from one who had found lying low at the cross, and in himself been taught of God, made him the growing discovery of the deceitful the most popular preacher of his time. ness of sin, and how it is wound around Even in the present day, William every fibre of the fallen heart. I pray Cooper's preaching is well remembered, for you, my dear son, and leave you in and often spoken of with rapture. Althe best hands, [of Him] who is able to though enduring great opposition, and keep you from falling, and to present repeatedly threatened by the infuriated you faultless before His presence in Roman Catholics, whose errors and glory with exceeding great joy." Still abominations he lashed with unsparing having doubts on his mind, he visited severity during each season of Lent, he the north of Ireland, and afterwards continued his course of lectures, drawwent to Scotland, in order that he might ing crowds of these deluded people. examine and study the subject of church Many afterwards confessed to himself government. He returned fully satis- and to others, that they had attended fied of the Scriptural nature of his for the purpose of injuring him and former ordination by Dr. Haweis, and causing disturbance, but had remained consequently refused to accept any other.
* The history of this place of worship is
identified with that of evangelical godliness * Author of "A Plea for Primitive Chris in Dublin from the times of the Commontianity," &c. 12mo. Dublin, 1815.
quiet, struck with the force of his argu- | ness of observing that, through all imments drawn directly from the fountain pediments, his full ripening for glory of truth. Conviction reached the hearts was manifest as he approached nearer of many, and chained them to the spot. to the grave. Though bowed down by
It is due to the interests of truth, and the paralysis which put an end to his to the purposes at which Christian bio- labours, he yet retained to the last his graphy should ever aim, that we should ministerial spirit. To a loved friend not omit to notice the infirmities which he one day said, when speaking of the encompassed this highly gifted man and subject of preaching so near his heart, active labourer in Christ's vineyard. “Should it please God to enable me to He was sorely tempted and tried of preach again, CHRisT would be my only Satan. He knew and felt the inward subject.” corruptions of his own heart, and He gently fell asleep on January 22, deeply deplored the firmly seated pride 1848. His remains were deposited in of his nature—the unbending spirit the small grave-yard behind Zion which could endure no control, and at Chapel. At the interment, the Rev. times made bim many enemies. He Dr. Urwick delivered an impressive mourned and grieved over the irrita- address. Revs. W. Foley and J. Stroy. bility and impetuosity of temper he too an, of Dublin, and W. Tarbotton, of often displayed, and which was never Limerick, also took part in the services. wholly subdued. In the moments of The following is the inscription on the despondency which sometimes tablet referred to in a preceding note : pressed him, he trembled lest those
To the memory of faults and failings should prove a THE REV. WILLIAM COOPER, stumbling-block to his hearers, and For twenty-five years Pastor of the Independhinder their reception of that gospel
ent Church assembling in Plunket-street of which he had been so many years The attainment of his twentieth year (Aug.
Meeting House, in this city. a minister; and in the words of Paul
28, 1796) was signalized he would exclaim-What if, after hav By his preaching to the Jews in London,
In 1799 he visited this country, ing "preached to others, I myself should
And, for the space of three years, be a castaway"!
Went through the towns preaching the Gospel.” In March, 1828, a stroke of paralysis His zeal was ardent and untiring, deprived him of the power of collected His eloquence most powerfully impressive, speech, thereby rendering him unfit for
And his intrepid spirit feared no danger.
He may justly be named pulpit service. The remainder of his THE EVANGELIST OF IRELAND, years on earth was passed in compara
Through whose labours tive seclusion; but notwithstanding the
“ A great number believed, and turned to
the Lord." deep inroads which disease had made on
He died Jan. 22, 1848, aged 71 years. his intellectual powers, those around him, in his own family circle, had the happi
Prepare to meet thy God.
BEGINNING THE YEAR WELL.
A NEW YEAR'S ADDRESS. Another year has flown away,
existence, we commence à season o. Eternity has swallow'd all:-its scenes, deep and peculiar solemnity, especially Its changes, sorrows, joys-all which sadden'd Or enliven’d, are gone, and gone for ever;
when we contemplate the duties which How must this commence ? "
it may involve—the trials which may
be realised during its continuance-and IN entering on new era of our
the bereavements which may be sus
VOICE OF THE YEARS.
tained; it, therefore, behoves us, as strength, in dependence on our own reflective and responsible beings, to unaided resources, but in simple, in unapproach it, and enter on it, under the hesitating reliance on the omnipotence influence of pensive and serious emo of that Spirit who, by his grace, will tions, and not with the thoughtlessness, fit us for every scene, prepare us for the flippancy, and the morriment of the every labour, uphold us under every fool.
trial, whatever its pungency. The period, moreover, when we enter Now, to begin the year well, we must on another revolving year—and that commence it, year comprehending so much which is First, with Solemn Retrospection. We eventful to us in the present life, and must look back. We must carefully rebearing so closely, and, indeed, insepar- view our past history. We must imably, on the future and eternal existence partially scrutinise our past conduct. to which we are looking forward-is one We must “remember the way in which associated with great and awful respon- the Lord our God has been leading us,” sibility; and we cannot commence it however rugged, intricate, and trying aright without a sense of that respon- that way might bave been felt or sibility being most powerfully felt, and deemed by us. We must attentively prompting to the performance of every mark the dealings, the varied arrangeincumbent duty, as well as to bold and ments, of Divine Providence, and see courageous grappling with every diffi-how, with everything pleasing or painculty, temptation, and adversary. In ful, under every aspect, luminous or the providence of God, we are spared dark, all events have been necessary for to witness the flight of the past year, us, and all designed for our good. and to hail the arrival of the present,
We must recur to the scenes of the --and it is of the utmost moment, that past year, so chequered, and, frequently, we should form and express an indi- so gloomy and lurid; we must dwell on vidual and solemn determination – the temptations of the year, often so ministers and people — parents and powerful and seducing-on the diffichildren-masters and servants—teach culties of the year, marked, frequently, ers and learners, namely, that we will by extreme breadth and intricacy; on
the afflictions, the sicknesses of the Begin the Year Well.
year, not only numerous and painful, This resolution is most proper and but sometimes, perhaps, almost overwise. Nothing can be more becoming, whelming. We must review the merrational, and just.
cies of the year, and observe how our This determination is most expedient tables have been supplied — how our and desirable — nothing can be more lives have been preserved - how our connected with our happiness, or con families have been blest - how our ducive, in every sense, to our best fears have been removed - and how interests.
every desirable communication has been This resolve is most important and imparted. necessary, that character may be ex We must consider how we have been emplified—that conduct may be regu- aided, while discharging the duties of lated and improved - that excellence the past year — personal, domestic, may be attained and increased. It is a relative engagements - whatever might resolution, however, which must spring have been their arduousness, complicafrom enlightened sentiments, which tion, or importance. must be guided and moulded by the We can never commence the year Word of God—and which must be ex. properly without this solemn retrospecpressed and maintained, not in our own | tion, and, especially, without looking
Mather, Rev. J., Beverley
690 Nature and 'Prerogatives of the
533 Church; or the Bible and Catholi-
Wright, Rev. W., Honiton
629 Protestant Reformation: its moment-
Are the Bishops of Rome Successors
Scripture Studies. No. I., The
Beginning the Year well
Scripture Studies. No. II., The
141 Young Men's Missionary Association,
Early Attendance at the House of Chalmers' Memoirs, Vol. iv.
Huss and the Martyrs
65 M'Cosh's Advantage of Harmonizing