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and he, on his part, regarded them with the tender affection of a parent, “ It is delightful,” he used often to say, “not only to labour for such a Master as Jesus, but also for such a kind and affectionate people.” They most liberally “ministered to him in temporal things,'* and he as abundantly “ministered to them in spiritual things."
Exposed to all the dangers of an unhealthy climate, he laboured with unceasing constancy and patience, disregarding the scorching blaze of the noon-day sun, and the chilling and unwholesome dews of midnight. Such were his constant and fatiguing exertions, that nature sunk under them ; he fell a martyr to the severity of his labours. But it was in the noblest cause that he suffered and died, in the cause of his God and Redeemer.
In private life, he was no less distinguished than in his public character. As a husband, he was kind and tender; as a son, dutiful and respectful ; as a friend, constant and sincere ; as a brother, always affectionate. For real benevolence and Christian charity, he was always eminently conspicuous. The many hundreds of dollars which he annually bestowed upon religious and benevolent institutions, and other objects of charity, attest, that his generosity was great and extensive.
* It is due to the benevolence of this congregation to observe, that the salary which they at first gave their minister was 3000 dollars; afterwards, a handsome parsonage was added ; and ou the 11th of December, 1818, the salary was increased to 4000 dollars, and thus continued till their pastor's death.
† His heart, after his death, was examined ; it was found much enlarged and relaxed, and the valves ossified, owing to his severe and laborious exertions.
MEMOIR OF THE LIEE OF THE AUTHOR.
He embraced in the arms of Christian charity, those who differed from him in religious sentiment, and sincerely loved the followers of Jesus, by whatever name they were called.
Such was the character of the Rev. Dr. Henry KOLLOCK. His career was short, but honourable : he was cut off in the meridian of life, but he had attained a good old age in usefulness.
“ Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord ; for they rest from their labours, and their works do follow them!"
LIFE OF ADAM.
GENESIS v. 5. “ And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and
thirty yedrs, and he died.” In the Holy Scriptures, God has used a variety of methods to teach us our duty, and to touch our hearts. Sometimes we read those plain and unequivocal precepts which declare his will, and at other times we are instructed by an interesting parable. Now we are allured by the voice of mercy which sounds from Zion, and then we are alarmed by the thunders which roll over Sinai. Heaven is here unveiled to us, and we almost hear the harps of angels, and the hallelujahs of the glorified saints: hell is there uncovered, and the shrieks of the despairing vibrate on our ears, and the smoke of their torments rises before our eyes. Here prophets look down the long current of years, and predict things which are to come; there inspired historians show us the accomplishment of these predictions. Here the merits of the
* This and the following sermon have been before published in another volume; but to complete the course of biographical lectures, it was thought advisable to insert them. VOL. I.
Redeemer, and promises sealed with blood, are reached forth to us by our heavenly Father; there the deep pollution of our hearts and the demerits of sin are developed to us. Every method is employed to bring back rebellious and revolted man to God, and to happiness. The understanding, the heart, and the conscience, are by turns addressed in language the most forcible, and by motives weighty as eternity. But the inspiring Spirit, well knowing the frame of man, well knowing how strongly we are stimulated by example, has especially chosen to communicate instruction to us from the lives of others. The greater part of the sacred volume is historical; and the histories which it relates, are not intended merely to excite a barren admiration, or to gratify an idle curiosity; but are designed and calculated to cherish the love and the fear of God, to teach us what he is, and what we are, and to give new warmth to all our devotional feelings. Properly speaking, they are not so much the history of particular men or nations as the history of God; of his nature, his perfections, his providence, and will, as exemplified in these particular instances; and they, therefore, when properly considered, are eminently calculated to lead the heart and the affections to him. When the blighted beauties of Eden are presented to our eyes, it is not that our regrets may be excited from contrasting it with its former glory, but that we may be made to shudder at the guilt of sin, and tremble at the danger of disobeying the Most High. When we behold Noah riding on the back of the swelling surges, secure amidst the desolation of a world, it is our duty not merely to rejoice at his personal deliverance, but to mark also the faithfulness of God, and the blessedness that results from believing his declarations and
obeying his precepts.
When we see the arm of Abraham extended, and ready to be dyed with the gushing blood of his son, we should not merely have our natural sympathies excited, but learn from him to sacrifice the dearest objects of our affections, those on which our souls rest with fondest delight,at the command of God. When the smoking ruins of Jerusalem are spread before us; when we behold the countless number of her children that became the victims of the sword, of famine, and of sedition; when we listen to the shrieks of the bereaved, and mark the convulsive struggles of the dying---it is not merely to fill our eyes with tears, and our hearts with sorrow for this unhappy nation, that this picture is presented to us; but to show us the terrors of Jehovah, the woes which must crush the guilty, when the patience of the Lord is exhausted, and the arm of the living God, armed with thunders, is raised against them, and the accumulated misery which must at last overtake those who despise the means of grace, and the offers of salvation.
It cannot then but be highly profitable for us to review some of the histories contained in the sacred volume, and inquire what are those lessons of wisdom and piety which we are taught by them. It must especially be interesting to consider the history of our great progenitor, since his life is so intimate ly connected with the state of the world around us, with our constitutions and frames, and with that plan of redemption on which all.our hopes are founded; since his life is full of events, in comparison with which the achievements of the most illustrious heroes become contemptible, and the rise and fall of the greatest empires that ever existed upon earth