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Nor ought it to be forgotten, amidst the daily rivalry of the periodical press, that the profits of the Evangelical Magazine have been employed, from its commencement, in gladdening the hearts of the widows and orphans of holy and devoted ministers of Evangelical sentiments, both within and without the pale of the national church. When it is remembered, that nearly EIGHTEEN THOUSAND POUNDS have been expended by the Trustees upon such deserving and interesting objects, it will be immediately felt, by all who are influenced by the tender mercies of the Gospel, that, apart from the intrinsic merit of the work itself, it is the duty of every one possessing the ability, to become the purchaser of a Magazine, which has done more than all the other periodical publications of the day, good and excellent as many of them are, to lighten the sorrows and to revive the joys of the widowed heart: Surely Ministers of the Gospel will not overlook this feature of the Evangelical Magazine; and if they do not overlook it, certain it is, that, from motives too tender to be resisted, they will exert every honourable effort to perpetuate and even to increase the circulation of a work, whose spirit is love, whose sentiments are truth, and whose aim is to unite the church and to save the world.
The Editors can but rejoice to know, from the most authentic information, that the cause of the Redeemer, both at home and abroad, advances with inconceivable rapidity, Missionary, and Bible, and Tract, and School Societies, are all labouring with tokens of Divine success; and “ the wilderness and solitary place are beginning to blossom as the rose.” In the British and Foreign Bible Society, indeed, painful agitations have arisen. But even these have been but as the shakings and convulsions of the material world, which brighten, the natural leavens, and chase away those vapours which taint the vital air. The Bible Society erred; by its subsequent decrees and acts it has proved its repentance; and only the spirit of national jealousy and irritated feeling now prevents the co-operation of any portion of the Christian public, Blessed be God! England has known when to silence the voice of her complaint, and when to drop the weapons of hostility!
'The Trustees cannot close this Address without dropping a tear of unaffected lamentation over the memory of their departed fellowlabourers, the Rev. John Townsend and the Rev. John Davies. They have gone to receive their blessed reward, and others have now entered on their labours. Very pleasant were they to their brethren and friends, who hope ere long to meet them in the skies.
MEMOIR OF THE LATE REV. DAVID BOGUR, D.D.
. : OF GOSPORT, HAMPSHIRK.•
It is due alike to the living and the mar school of Eyemouth. From dead, to exhibit examples of de. thence he went to the university parted worth calculated to excite a' of Edinburgh, where he studied holy emulation. The church of God eight or nine years. Here his would be injured by neglecting to pious : deportment and proper 2.4record the life, and labours, and vir- sociates attracted the notice and tues of Dr. Bogue, in proportion to respect of all who were themselves the loss it would have sustained if respectable ; and here he took the God had never raised up such a mandegree of A. M. . He came, while to bless the world. A conviction of young, into England, in order to this truth has led many to preach and assist his countryman, the Rev. Wm. to print funeral sermons for this great Smith, both in his school at Camberman, and now induces us to open the well, and in the congregation at year 1826 with a Memoir of one who Silver-street, London. Providence so diligently improved the fleeting soon directed the steps of Mr. Bogue moments of time.
to Gosport, Hants, where the dis“ David Bogue was the fourth senting congregation was destitute of son of John Bogue, Esq. of Haly- a pastor, in consequence of the redown, Berwickshire, justice of the signation of Mr. Watson, who expeace, and Margaret Swanston. They changed the ministry of the gospel were a most pious and exemplary for the profession of the law; and couple ; and their great care of their after being made serjeant at law, children, who were twelve in num- went out to India as a judge, with ber, was rewarded in the delight the title of Sir James Watson. A which their son David afforded to short time prior to his embarkation their advanced age. Most of their he was observed among the hearers sons were educated for learned pro- of his venerable successor. Dr. fessions. The fourth, whom we Bogue afterwards informed the now have lost, was born on the first writer, that he expressed his hope to of March, 1750, and was initiated Sir James that he would protect the into classical literature at the gram- missionaries who might go to India.
The judge replied, “ Certainly ; our departed friend was a most af. if they keep to their proper busi- fectionate brother. He had one deness-religion, and do not inter- pendant sister, to whose support he fere with political affairs.” Our contributed largely, and also gave friend, now deceased, consented to a small annuity to an old servant this condition, observing, that a mis- who lived with her at her death. sionary's business was simply reli- Far from considering, as some gion, and that he had nothing to do foolishly do, a superior education as with the politics of any country to an exemption from the necessity of which he went.
subsequent study, he applied himThe congregation at Gosport had self most indefatigably to reading been divided in consequence of the and composition. His lamp went not dissatisfaction of many of its mem- out by night. While yet unmarried bers with the services of Mr. Wat- and before the labours of the tutor were son, who afterwards shewed that he added to those of the pastor, he laid was not satisfied with his own pro- up those stores which future duties fession. Those who separated had would require, but future avocations invited Mr. English, afterwards Pas- would forbid to accumulate. His tor at Wooburn, Bucks, who was · reading was greatly in the line of ministering to them when Mr. Bogue foreign divinity and biblical literacame to Gosport, and soon gained ture, in which his library was partihis esteem. Mr. English therefore cularly rich. called his flock together, and in While a young man, he travelled formed them, that as a pastor was on the continent of Europe for the now chosen to the church to which improvement of his mind. Having they originally belonged, in whom acquired a command of the French they might all unite, the cause of tongue, he visited the capital of their separation ceased to exist; and France, and in his future life he often Mr. English deemed it his duty to shewed the profitable use he had resign the pastoral charge over them. mnade of that opportunity of studying At the same time, Mr. Bogue ad- mankind. From France he went into vised his flock to write a kind letter, Holland, and visited the most remarkinviting their former brethren to re- able places in that country, which turn. They accepted the invitation; had been the asylum of religious liand thus terminated their separation, berty and the seat of sacred science. in a manner most honourable to all On his return he devoted all his the parties concerned. Christians, acquisitions to the promotion of reliand, especially Ministers, see here gion in our native land. The meethow blessed are the peace-makers, ing house at Gosport was small, infor 6 they shall be called the sons of convenient, and in a disagreeable God.”
part of the town; but the zeal and The parents of Dr. Bogue received influence of our departed friend rousgreat delight from hearing of his ex- ed the congregation to erect in a cellence and usefulness as a minister very desirable spot a respectable of Christ. When the father of our building, sixty feet by fifty, with friend died, in 1786, he continued three galleries, which was at that the same dutiful son to his mother; time the best dissenting-place in the for, while she lived, he made regular county, and it is believed that the visits to his native place, and preach- whole expence was defrayed by those ed much to her edification. She who were to worship in it. died in 1805, full of hope and joy. In the year 1788, Mr. Bogue was There is but one brother now sur- married to Miss Charlotte Uffington, viving, and his lady informs me, that whose father was well known in