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language was such as every one could understand, and none but the fastidious could dislike. If his language was not elegant, it was not coarse: it was neat, simple, and perspicuous.
Mr. English's preaching displayed a sound judgment and an extensive knowledge of the Scriptures. Soon after he left the college, he was called “ the Walking Concordance ;” and his minstry, for many years, proved it was not a mere textual knowledge he possessed of the word of God, but a judicious acquaintance with its evidences, doctrines, principles, rules, and privileges. His method of preaching partook of the explanatory, declarative, inferential, and applicatory. It was his constant custom on the Lord's Day morning, to go through some books of the Scriptures. This guarded him in a good degree from that partiality to one particular track of subjects, which, without great
is natural to most men, and afforded a far greater variety than could reasonably be expected, when the mind is left to itself in her choice and subject. By this method he brought before his people a variety of truths, which would have required more than ordinary resolution to have presented to them in a detached form. It afforded frequent opportunities of delineating characters, detecting sins, pointing out duties, and discussing cases of - conscience, which would hardly be suggested to any minister but one who regularly studied the mind of ihe Spirit in the order and connection he has revealed it. It preserved him also from the suspicion of designed personality, when subjects came before the congregation which bore hard upon certain characters, as though they bad intentionally been designed for them.
His ministry displayed great knowledge of the human heart. He was skilful in detecting the false motives and principles by - which men are often actuated. He exhibited the heart in such a
way, that constantly kept before the people the necessity of the teaching and sanctifying influences of the Holy Spirit, and the importance of a constant and lively faith in the atonement to maintain peace in the conscience:
He proved by his preaching, that he possessed an extensive acquaintance with the operations of the Holy Spirit, and well knew how to delineate the new creature, that hidden man of the heart. He possessed an extensive knowledge of Satan's devices, and of the internal conflicts of a gracious soul. He had the tongue of the learned, that he might speak a word in season to 'such as were dejected and weary. Fie had often been engaged in the spiritual warfare, had studied the uses of the whole panoply of God; and knew how to instruct others in the spiritual combat.
Mr. English, for the last fifteen years of his life, was the subject of almost constant afflictions of body, which rendered him incapable of performing the whole duties of his station ; but the kindness of his people afforded hiin assistance from the London academies; and for several years, the stated assistance of Mr. George Scott, of whose ministry the people bear an affectionate and grateful
Tenicmbrance. After Mr. Scott left them, the people were principally supplied from London; Mr. English addressing them, occasionally, for about five-and-twenty minutes, and sitting to dispense the Lord's Supper ; but even these services were too much for his weak frame.
Mr. English published, during his lifetime, several small pieces. The first of these was a Poem, entitled. Rest for the Weary; or, an Anchor for the Soul in a severe Tempest.? If this work does not place the author among the most celebrated poets of the proves him to bave been a minister well instructed in the mysteries of the kingdom of God; if it does not charm the imagination of the reader, it speaks to bis heart, and conveys in a pleasing simplicity of style, those ideas which cannot fail to delight and edify serious Christians. This poem has passed through three editions, and has been made truly useful to many who were walking in darkness, and had no light.
Mr. English published also The Harmony of the Old and New Testament,- The Slave Redeemed, a Funeral Sermon for Mrs. Blackwell, - A Political Sermon on Christian Loyalty, On the Dignity and Use of the Moral Law; and another for the Rev. Mr. Blackwell. The last pamphlet he published was a poem, entitled The Blessings of Wooburn;' to which was prefixed, a Short Account of the Rise and Progress of Religion in the Village of Wooburn. In this he observes, “Success, it is hoped, has, in many instances, followed much persevering and anxious exertions; sinners have been awakened, backsliders have been reclaimed, and real believers have been edified, and led on to everlasting life and glory. With lively gratitude it should be recorded, that several useful and eminent ministers of the gospel, have been raised up from this church. I cannot omit the names of my respected friends, the Rev. John Cooke, of Maidenhead, and the Rev. John Griffin, of Portsea; to whom may be added the name of the Rev. Johu Simmons, a useful Antipædo Baptist minister.'
Mr. English kept a journal of the principal occurrences of his life, and of the most remarkable parts of his Christian experience. After he had been pastor at Wooburn about eighteen years, he complained, in his Diary, that the children of the people of property and influence had not received the word in the power of it. Hes
e says, “I have long bewailed that the children of my people who most encourage the gospel by their property and influence, are, in general, careless, light, and gay; nor do they give any proof that they prefer the ways of God to those of the gay world: notwithstanding the many sermons they have heard, the private advice given, the examples, both living and dying, that have exemplified the truth: yet now, I bless God, there appears a good work begun among them; there are several young people who are apparently in earnest for the salvation of their souls.' He then recites the names of several persons, some of whom
have since died, leaving a good testimony of real conversions and others are now living ornaments to religion and the church. After admitting several of these to church-fellowship, he observes;
My weak and enfeebled body has been almost overwhelmed with the pleasure of my mind, in witnessing the pleasing appearances among many of my young people. Some making an humble profession; has drawn forth the blades of the seed which has been for a long time sown in others. The Lord now is giving me some proof; to comfort me before he takes me out of the world, that I have not been labouring in vain, ner spending my strength for nought. I feel the force of these words: Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in perce, for mine eyes have seen thy salvation' begun in magy of my young friends! Lord it is enough that I see, a prospect of thy work continuing among as!
After a very severe fit of illness he thus expresses himself in his Diary :-- The Lord is graciously removing my complaint; I trust; if I am to live longer, my life will be devoted to his glorý. The thought of my being again employed iti my work, seems 100 much for my spirits: if it should be so, I hope I shall be thankful; but I would wish to prefer the will of God; and under no specious pretence seek my own.'
In his last illness he writes, I died often in the deatli of my friends; more so in the death of my children ; much more still in the dea:lı of my dear wives; but I have had no death like that which I am now dying to my church, owing to my not being able to serve them as I have done and would do; but this is a trial I must bear alone. Only ministers in tlie same case can judge of what I feel.'
We could have procured some interesting Extracts from his Diary, and recorded many of his dying sayings, but the length of this article precludes it; and, as we understand, it was his request that his friend Mr. Griffin, of Portsca, should prepare some essays he had left for the press, to which fic intends to subjoin a fullet memoir of his life and experience, it is unnecessary; and wegladly refer our readers to that publication.
A few sentences, however, rocollected by his friends, must be recordled. At the beginning of his last illness, a friend asked bim how he felt his mind. He answered, 'I have the meancst opinion of my own religion, but the highest opinion of the religion of Christ.' One day he rose from his chair, and walked across the room; but finding himself estremely weak, he leaned on the chimney-picce, and fainting, fell on the bar of the stove, by which his hand was severely burned; but he bore this affliction with great composure, and said, I have boasted too much of being the Unconsumed :'- a title he had subjoined to some of his letters, &c. in allusion to the Burning Bush of Moses.
One night, perceiving him wore than usual, and being un. willing to leave hini, be said to Mrs. E. “You need not be afraid going to bed, for, whenever I go, the Lord will give me an easy dismission.'
At another time, when it was apprehended that he was about to depart, he opened his eyes, and asked his daughter to give him some grapes; when he took occasion to speak very sweetly of the grapes of Eschol, --- and, looking very tenderly at her, said, I hope my dear children will taste those grapes.' To another daughter who came into the room, he said, taking her hand, Mind that you do not neglect the religion of the heart.' His son Henry being taken to the bed-side, he laid his dying liand on the child's head, and said, "May the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, bless you, and keep you, and preserve you in life, and when you come into my weak state, and for ever! May he who has been my Preserver, my Redeemer, and my All, be yours and your sister's! Amen.
At length, totally worn out, he breathed his gentle spirit into the arms of Jesus; while a more than common smile was imprinted on his countenance. He departed about eight o'clock in the morning of May the 29th, 1809, after baving been thirtyone years pastor of the church at Wooburn.
His funeral, on the 6th of June, was attended by more than twenty neighbouring ministers, and a great concourse of people from the adjacent towns and villages. The funeral oration was delivered by the Rev. Mr. Douglas, of Reading; and the funeral sermon was preached by the Rev. Matthew Wilks, of the Tabernacle, his old and steady friend, to a very numerous and much aff.cted aulience, who could well attest the application of the text to the deceased, - 1 Tim. iv. 6.) ~' A good minister of Jesus Christ.'
A WONDERFUL WORK OF GRACE
ON THE SOUL OF MR. J. COOK,
WHO WAS DEAF AND DUMB.
To the Editor. The following remarkable account of John Coak may be depended upon as
authentic; and as it has never appeared, to my knowledge, in any Periodical Work, your insertion of it in the Evangelical Magazine will preserve it from oblivion, and give it a wide circulation, to the glory of God, and the edification of many readers.
BRİSTOLI ENSIS. [lo a Letter from the late Rev. Mr. Thomas, of Bristol, dated Oct. 1764.]
Mr. Cook came to my house, and, by writing, signified his desire to be baptized, That I might be satisfied of his being a fit subject, I asked him, by writing, how long he had prayed. He told me, ever since the year 1750; that he began at Bourion, and that he XVII.
continued to pray at Bristol, Bratton, and Lime; and since his return to Bristol to this time; and referred me to the following Scriptures, which he said had been very useful to him : Mic. vii. 7, Therefore will I look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.' Matt. xi. 28, Come unto me all ye that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.' Ephesians iii. 15, · And to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye may be filled with all the fulness of God.' Phil. iii. 8, 9, Yca, doubtless, and I count all things but loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ and be found in him.' Psalm cxix. 5, 0, that my way were directed to keep thy statutes !' Isaiah i. 18, Come, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlct, they shall be white as snow : though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Also Psalm lxiii. 1, O God, thou art my God, early will I seek thee; my soul thirsteth for thee; my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is :” and Romans i. 17, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed, froin faith to faith,'-After he had referred me to the above texts, I asked the following questions, by writing them down :
Ist. Are you willing to part with all sin ? He answered by actions expressive of his hatred of it, and referred me to Hosea xiv. 2. Take with you words, and turn to the Lord, and say unto him, take away all iniquity.'
2d. I asked him, Do you love holiness ? He answered by actions, and put his hand to his breast, to let me know how good it was in his estimation; and referred me to Psalm li. 2, Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from
sin. 3d. I asked him if he loved the word of God. He answered by putting his hand on the Bible in such a manner as expressed how be valued it; and referred me to Psalm cxix. 97,- 0, how I love thy law; it is my meditation all the day.'
4th. I asked him, Do you love prayer? lle answered by putting his hands in a praying posture, with indications of the greatest pleasure ; and referred me to Psalm lxxiii. 28, ‘But it is good for me to draw near to God.'
5th. I asked him if he loved good men. He answered by actions very expressive of his great regard for them; and referred me to Psalm xvi. 2, 3, “My goodness extendeth not unto thee, but to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.'
6th. I asked him if he loved the Lord Jesus Christ. He answered by actions plainly expressive of his most affectionate segard for him, and referred me to Solomon's Song, v. 16, His mouth is most sweet ; yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.' 7. I asked him if he expected to be saved by his own works,