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tance to the college and the public for six years. With his brother officers of the university, he lived in harmony; the President loved him, as a son ;- the students, as a father. His placid and indulgent temper, his winning manners rendered him inexpressibly dear to them. The class which he instructed affectionately offered to sustain the expences of his funeral. To those students, who were poor, he was not only lenient ; but a generous benefactor.
Often were his“ pupils surprised ať his exact knowledge of the sciences; seldom was a book in his hand, while hearing them recite in Geography, the Latin classics, and some other branches of study. To convince them of a mistake, he often repeated the sentence of the Latin Author verbatim, explained the meaning, and showed the construction of the particular word' or phrase. As'a christian, he did honor to the gospel of Christ. Por several years he had been a Ruling Elder in the church at College, which he had joined in his youth. As a husband and father, he was all that could be desired. Of his merits I speak only what I know. From cheerful youth to'grey hairs, he was my friend. Never selfish, never vain, never'cold in his feelings, the glow of his friendship was,' like the hallowed fire of the altar, never extinguished. His letters were not only animated with expressions of affection and enlivened by wit, but enriched with science and the purest sentiments of morality and religion Persevering as the sun in his friendly offices, he was never satisfied with himself, while any thing more could be done for his friends ; yet never did he magnify his services, never claim a return of favors, nor assess a tax of gratitude. To do good was his object; having accomplished this, he was satisfied. Though the mild and
gentle virtues seemed most congenial with the temperament of his mind; yet when occasion required, when duty called, he had an abundant share of resolution and energy. No opposition, no clamors, not a host of enemies, could induce him to abandon the friend whom he loved, or for a moment to become indifferent to the cause, which he had conscientiously espoused. Having made up his mind, he never held a parley with difficulties.
In music, few persons in this country have equalled him. In the delicacy of his taste, and his powers as a performer, he was dear to the lovers of sacred song. He was the author of several useful publications, and was engaged in preparing others for the public; but his Master has called him from his unfinished labors. A chasm is made in society; the world has suffered a loss. His family, the college, and a numerous circle of friends, are clad in the garments of mourning
“ His health through the summer had been feeble, but about three weeks before his death, he was seized with a violent fever. Though his sickness was extremely distressing, his setting sun shone bright. In view of his approaching change, he manifested a great degree of composure and enjoyment. He called his children to him, and gave them his most serious advice, his dying admonitions. The day of his death, he was raised up in bed, and prayed for his family, in language the most fervent and affecting. His views were clear, and his whole soul seemed to be absorbed in divine contemplations.”
Another friend writes, “ The loss of our dear friend, professor Hubbard, is irreparable to the institution, the church, and society. The last day of his life was the most joyful to him. He had the
full exercise of his reason, most of the time. He was continually praying in his heart, and sometimes aloud, praising God for his immense goodness, and especially for the wonders of redeeming love; exhorting his friends, and those around him to the duties of piety; rejoicing in the thoughts of his departure. With great composure he gave directions respecting his funeral, and in death did not forget the sacred art by which he had so often enjoyed elevated communion with his Savior and his God. He desired that an extract from his favorite Handel might be performed. The words begin with, I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon earth, &c. His dying wish was, that You, Dear Sir, might be requested to deliver a discourse to the college on the occasion of his departure. Thus he died in the triumphs of faith and love.”
And didst Thou continue thy kindness in death, nor forget thy Friend in that awful moment. I am distressed for thee, my Brother; very pleasant hast thou been unto me. Rich in bliss have been the years of our social intercourse.
No jealous, nor rival thought ever marred one moment of our felicity. Not more pure was the love of David and Jonathan ; and must I see thee no more ; no more shed tears of joy at any future interview ? Oh, that I had known thy danger, flown to thy relief, to administer the hopeful cordial, to hear thy last adieu, to aid thy last prayer, and smooth the bed of death. Adieu, my Friend, accept this last tribute of love, adieu, adieu.
EXTRACTS OF LETTERS, FROM SEVERAL VERY RESPECTABLE
PERSONAL ACQUAINTANCES OF THE LATE DOCTOR WHEE.
From the Rev. John Lathrop, D. D.
Boston, Dec. 21, 1803.
WHILE I had the care of the school in Lebanon, and was a member of the Doctor's family, I had a good opinion of his views and motives. I verily believe, he had a strong desire to extend the knowledge of salvation to the heathen nations, and by that gracious remedy, save many souls from ruin. He gave me sufficient evidence of the purity of his motives. While in his family, he led me into his plans, and after I left him, he conversed with me freely, on the great objects which he was pursuing, and I must say, I never had occasion to alter the opinion I early formed of him. I believe he was a sincere christian, and that few men were more under the government of christian principles. He was, at times, very much opposed in his favorite plans; but I never thought he was vindictive, or severe in his resentments. His zeal was happily directed by prudence and reason, and the love which he had for himself and his connexions, was habitually controlled by the reverence which he had for God and Religion. With sentiments of respect and esteem, I
am, Rev. Sir, your friend and brother,
From the Rev. Eden Burroughs, D. D.
Hanover, N. H. Jan. 17, 1804.
Doctor Wheelock was an eminent Divine. In his religious principles, he was firmly established in the primitive doctrines of the reformers from Popery; and ever viewed, what are commonly called the doctrines of grace, as of the first importance in that system of religion, which the gospel contains In addition to his public instructions, in theological lectures, he abundantly practised free conferences with his pupils, on subjects of religion. During his administration in the Presidency, the University was a school of religion, as well as human science, As a preacher, his aim was to reach the conscience-he studied great plainness of speech,
to he might be understood by all. His preaching was signally owned and blest. The objects which occupied his attention, were various and important. The care of all matters, pertaining to the interest, order, and regulation of the university ?ay upon him; and he availed, himself of the knowledge of the minutiæ of the interests and concerns of the college and school.
He had a remarkable talent at introducing religious conversation, without the appearance of pedantry or ostentation, and in a manner to preyent the most dissipated characters taking umbrage. He treated those who came to his house with unbounded hospitality and freedom. In the manner of his address there was something very mild and winuing. To his intimate friends, he opened his heart with unlimited freedom, and they could not fail to be greatly edified