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thought and feeling was one in | list, which is presumed to be tolerwhich ages unborn will have to ably correct, will be found at the rejoice the establishment of the close of this article; but besides London Missionary Society in Sep- these, he was a frequent contributember 1795. tor, for nearly half a century, to The new connexions, among successive periodical publications whom Dr.Ryland was now brought, intended to promote the cause of welcomed him with a cordial re-evangelical religion; and manuspect, which soon ripened into scripts, to a considerable extent, genuine affection; and though all on a variety of theological subjects, his ministering brethren in the West are dispersed among his numerous were not prepared at once fully to friends and correspondents. His subscribe to his views of divine productions, though not charactruth, they rejoiced to listen to terized by elevation of style or one, who combined with so many elegance of composition, uniformly claims to their deference, such breathe a devotional and benevomeekness and gentleness as proved lent spirit; and are marked by a him to be unconscious of them all. certain earnestness of manner He preached at the first Western strongly indicating that their author Association held after his settle- deeply felt the importance of the ment at Bristol, and on several sentiments he advocates, and, withother public occasions in the same out the least anxiety to secure the year. The ascendancy at first ob- admiration of his readers, aimed tained without design, was ever only to promote their spiritual welafterwards preserved without ef fare. Towards opponents his canfort; and probably there never dour was remarkable; and in his has been an individual, exercising work on baptism, he has furnished so long such extensive influence, an example of the mode of treating who more completely escaped the that much contested subject which imputation of an imperious and all future controversialists would dogmatical spirit. do well to follow. Good men of all denominations he cordially loved; and maintained, for many years, an extensive correspondence with eminent divines of different communions both in Great Britain and America. Among these we may specify the names of Toplady, Scott and Newton - Dr. Erskine of Edinburgh- and Drs. Jonathan Edwards, Hopkins, West, and Dwight, in the United States. All these excellent men had entered the heavenly rest before him. How delightful is the thought that they are now together enjoying the fullness of that love and perfection of that knowledge, which, while on earth, they could only begin to taste and comprehend!

When Dr. Ryland succeeded to the president's chair, the academy at Bristol was the only institution of the kind in the denomination to which he belonged; and the incessant occupation and correspondence connected with this office, together with his pastoral duties to the church at Broadmead, required a closeness and intensity of application to which few men would have been equal. But he was favoured, till nearly the close of life, with almost uninterrupted health; and his habitual temper ance and early rising, combined with unusual facility in the use of the pen, enabled him, in addition to the avocations already named, to prepare much for the press. Of his acknowledged publications, a

Dr. Ryland was assisted, in the labours of the academy, succes

sively by the Rev. Joseph Hughes, in the following October, and disM. A.; Rev. Henry Page, M. A. charged its duties with equal zeal now of Worcester; and the Rev. and ability for the two succeeding T. S. Crisp, who, since the decease years, at the close of which he of his venerable colleague, has was compelled, by the pressure of been unanimously elected president other engagements and declining in his room. The number of stu- health, to resign his office. From dents who enjoyed the benefit of that period, to the day of his death, the Doctor's instruction and exam- the Dr. continued to hold the seple we have not been able to ascer-cretaryship in conjunction with the tain; but about 120 are now living individual who is now called upon dispersed through our churches at to pay a willing tribute to his home, and occupying Missionary memory, and to own how much he stations abroad, who were educated feels himself indebted to his paunder his care. As one proof of ternal kindness and instructive the filial veneration in which he example.* was held by his students, it may be stated that he was called to preach ordination sermons more frequently than, perhaps, any other The sentiments entertained by the Comdissenting minister of his time. The number of charges he had deliver-subject of this memoir, may be gathered from mittee of the Society towards the venerable ed on these occasions amounted to the following record, entered on their miseventy-seven; and they would nutes when his decease was officially andoubtless have been many more had it been possible for him to comply with every request of that

For an accurate delineation of the character of Dr. Ryland, we are

nounced:

nature.

RESOLVED, That the Committee, while recording their unfeigned sorrow for the loss which they have sustained, by the re

moval of their late beloved and revered

friend and coadjutor, desire also to bless God for the part he was so long permitted to take in the affairs of this Institution,

shared in all the difficulties and anxieties of

The active part taken by our deceased friend in forming and conducting the Baptist Missionary Society has already been noticed; but in 1815, on the death of Mr. Fuller, who had most ably sustained the office of secretary to that Institution from its commencement, he was called to take a still more prominent share in its management. At a meeting of the Society held at Luton soon after, the Dr. was unanimously solicited

which, in a great degree, may be said to have originated in his faith and zeal. They gratefully remember that he intimately the undertaking from its very commencement-proved its consistent, affectionate, and successful advocate to his dying day— and since the decease of the venerable Fuller, has materially promoted its interests in

the arduous and responsible post of Secre

tary to
the Society. They reflect with
pleasing interest, on the Missionaries who,
under his paternal instructions, have been

to assume the office recently be-trained for honourable service abroad; and on the greater number of ministering brethren, who, taught by his holy example to feel for the general interests of the Saviour's kingdom, have become the zealous and efficient supporters of the cause at home; but while, by all these considerations, they are reminded of the greatness of their loss, they desire to exercise unshaken faith in Him who raised up their departed friend and his

first associates in the work, for the continued supply of those gifts and graces which are necessary to carry forward those operations so happily begun.

come vacant; but as he was then upwards of sixty years of age, and had so much other public business on his hands, it was evident that some coadjutor must be found to share the burden with him. Accordingly, the late Rev. James Hinton, M. A. of Oxford, was called to fill this post, at the annual meeting held at Northampton

compelled, by our limits, to refer 9, 10. Through the month he con

to the funeral sermon already men- tinued to decline, and on the 30th tioned; and do so with the greater (the day after he had completed readiness from the persuasion that his 72d year), he closed those it will meet, among our readers, public services, in which, for about the extensive circulation it de- 55 years, he had been aiming to serves. We can add merely a honour his Lord and Master, by a brief account of the closing scenes discourse from Psalm lxxxvi. 5. He of a life so long, and so eminently did indeed prepare a funeral serdevoted to the service of God. mon for a female friend in the fol With the exception of a weak-lowing week, hoping to deliver it ness or tenderness of the feet on the next Sabbath, but his friends which rendered the exercise of perceived that he was wholly inwalking difficult and wearisome, adequate to the exertion, and preour lamented friend advanced vailed upon him to give up the nearly to his threescore years design. That sermon, written and and ten' with little diminution of prepared with his own peculiar his natural vigour and capacity for neatness, was found by the writer labour. In the autumn of 1821, of this sketch, in the bible of his however, his strength began visi- dying friend, when he had the pribly to decline, but was partially vilege of visiting his sick bed, only restored by a temporary visit to two days previous to his decease. the retired village of Watchet. A It was founded on Ps. lxxiii. 26, a similar expedient became neces- subject exceedingly appropriate sary, in the following year, but not only to the experience of the was not attended with equal ad- pious woman on whose account it vantage; and though he continued was selected, but to the circumhis avocations as usual, his anxious stances of her venerable pastor too, family and friends could not avoid who was about so soon to follow noticing that the infirmities of age her. were rapidly advancing upon him. Among other indications, his handwriting lost its bold and regular character, and exhibited to the eye of his distant friends affecting evidence of tremulous debility. To this circumstance he alluded, when writing to an old correspondent, remarking at the same time, that he viewed it as a delightful intimation of his approaching dissolu

In the early part of his illness, the Doctor was greatly affected by a difficulty of breathing, approaching sometimes to a sense of suffocation. This was succeeded by a violent cough, and total loss of appetite, by which, of course, his strength was impaired more and more. Still, some faint hopes were indulged that a change of scene might be beneficial, and he was accordingly removed to Wessevere cold taken by Dr. ton-super-Mare, on Wednesday, Ryland in December 1824, marked 11th May; but it was soon evident the commencement of his last ill-that such expedients had lost all This did not, however, prevent his preaching a sermon to young people on the evening of the first Lord's day in January, when he addressed them, with his usual earnestness and affection, from that striking passage in Eccles. xi.

tion.

ness.

their efficacy, and he was conveyed back to his own house on Thursday in the following week, being then reduced so low that it seemed exceedingly doubtful whether, with all the precautions that tender and sympathising friendship could de

vise, he would be able to sustain | holy reverence with which he waitthe fatigue of the removal, No ed the coming of his Lord, proving, particular alteration took place till before he mingled in their society, the morning of Wednesday, May how much in spirit he resembled 25, when respiration became gra- those exalted beings who veil their dually more hurried and irregular, faces while standing around the and about 10 A. M. the petition he throne of God. had often uttered, during his sickness" that the Lord would grant him an easy and gentle dismission into his heavenly kingdom"-was mercifully answered, and he fell asleep in Jesus with a serenity that no language can adequately describe!

The mortal remains of this venerable man were interred on Thursday, June 2, in a spot which had been chosen by himself near the pulpit in Broadmead Meeting House. The funeral was attended by the bereaved family, the students in the academy, with a great The frame of Dr. Ryland's mind, number of the members of the throughout his last illness, was church, and other friends. The eminently that of lowly and peni- Rev. Joseph Hughes of Battersea, tent devotion. The expressions and the Rev. Thomas Roberts of that fell from his lips, in reference Bristol, engaged in prayer on the to his own character and prospects, mournful occasion, and an affectstrongly exhibited his habitual ing address was delivered by the modesty and self-diffidence: but Rev. Isaiah Birt of Birmingham. he was employed far more fre- All present were in deep mourning, quently in offering brief and em- and each seemed to feel that he phatic petitions to the throne of the had lost a beloved friend. The heavenly majesty. The verse al- funeral sermon, by the Rev. Robert ready alluded to, "My flesh and Hall, was preached at Broadmead my heart faileth: but God is the on the following Sabbath. strength of my heart and my portion for ever, was often on his ips when alone, and repeated, as was customary with him, generally in the Hebrew original. Soon after his return from Weston, one of his affectionate daughters re-to a selection from his sermons, to marked, "You have no doubts or be published by subscription, under fears, papa?" to which he replied, the title of "Pastoral Memorials." "I cannot say I have, but great He had long been engaged in comcause for self-abasement." The piling a Hebrew Lexicon, on the Scriptures, which had long dwelt plan of Robertson's Thesaurus richly in him, furnished him with Linguæ Sanctæ, which is left in an the materials for devotion as well unfinished state. The following as ground of support-" Holy Spi- list of his publications has been rit, take of the things of Christ, furnished us: and shew them to my soul." "Lord direct my heart into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.""Lord, pity me, and lay me low in the dust at thy feet for Jesus sake," these, and similar

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Dr. Ryland was twice married, and has left a widow, with two sons and three daughters, to lament his loss. A more extended account of his life and writings may be expected shortly to appear, prefixed

expressions, attested the humble, N. B. The articles marked * are out of print.

1.*-God's Experimental Probation of
Intelligent Agents. A Sermon,
preached at Kettering, 1780.
2.-Christ Manifested, and Satan Frus-
trated. At Northampton, Dec.
25, 1781.

3.-The Blessedness of the Dead who die in the Lord. Preached at Sheepshead, on the Death of the Rev. W. Guy, 1783.

4.*-Seasonable Hints to a Bereaved Church. Preached at Sheepshead, 1783. Occasioned by the Death of Rev. W. Guy.

5. Paul's Charge to the Corinthians, respecting their Treatment of Timothy, applied to the Conduct of Churches towards their Pastors. To the Church at Thorn, at the Ordination of the Rev. Robert Fawkener, 1787.

a Note contained in the above Sermon. 1801.

18.*-The Difficulties and Supports of a
Gospel Minister. A Charge to
the Rev. T. Coles, M. A. Bour-
ton-on-the-Water, 1801.
19.—The Difficulties of the Christian Mi-
nistry, and the Means of Surmount-
ing them. A Charge to the Rev.
T. Morgan, Birmingham, 1802.
20.-Eight Characteristics of the Messiah,
laid down by Zechariah, and all
found in Jesus of Nazareth. At
the Jews' Chapel, Spitalfields,
London, Dec. 26, 1810.

6.”—The Law not against the Promises of 21.-Divine Revelation_Variously Com

God. At Leicester, 1787. 7.-Christ the Great Source of the Believer's Consolation, and the Grand | Subject of the Gospel Ministry. On the Death of the Rev. Joshua Symonds, Bedford, 1788. 8.-Salvation Finished, as to its Impetration, at the Death of Christ; and, with respect to its Application, at the Death of the Christian. On the Death of the Rev. Robert Hall, Arnsby, 1791. 9.-The Earnest Charge and Humble Hope of an Affectionate Pastor. Substance of Three Discourses at Northampton, 1793. 10.-The Certain Increase of the Glory and Kingdom of Jesus. Association at Chard, 1794.

municated. At Prescott Street, Goodman's fields, London, 1811. 22.—The Harmony of the Divine Perfections in the Work of Redemption. Association at Portsea, 1811. 23.-Advice to Young Ministers respecting their Preparatory Studies. At Devonshire-square, London, 1812. 24.-The Necessity of the Trumpet's giving a Certain Sound. Association at Lyme, 1813.

11.-The Duty of Ministers to be Nursing Fathers to the Church. A Charge to the Rev. W. Belsher, Worcester, 1796.

12. The Dependence of the Whole Law
and the Prophets on the Two Pri-
mary Commandments. Association
at Salisbury, 1798.

13.-The Promised Presence of Christ
with his People a Source of Conso
lation under the most Painful Be-
reavements. On the Death of the
Rev. Samuel Pearce, Birming-
ham, 1799.
14.-The Presence of Christ the Source
of Eternal Bliss. On the Death of
the Rev. Benjamin Francis, M.A.
Horsley, 1799.
15.-The Duty of Christians, with Refer-
ence to their Deceased Ministers.
On the Death of the Rev. John
Sharp, Bristol, 1800.
16.*-The First Lie Refuted: or, The
Grand Delusion Exposed. At Car-
ter Lane, Southwark, 1800.
17.-The Partiality and Unscriptural Di-
rection of Socinian Zeal. A Reply
to a Letter by the Rev. John
Rowe, of Bristol, occasioned by

25.-The Messiah strangely Despised and
Abhorred; but Destined to be Re-
vered, Glorified, and Worshipped.
At Narbeth, 1814.
26.*-A Candid Statement of the Reasons
which induce the Baptists to differ
in Opinion and Practice from so
many of their Christian Brethren.

1814.

27.-The Indwelling and Righteousness of Christ no Security against Corporeal Death, but the Source of Spiritual and Eternal Life. At the Funeral of the Rev. A. Fuller, Kettering, 1815.

28.-The Efficacy of Divine Grace Explained and Defended. Association at Bath, 1816.

29.-Serious Remarks on the Different
Representations of Evangelical Doc-
trine by the Professed Friends of
the Gospel. Part 1, 1817.
30.-Ditto...
Part 2, 1818.
31.-The Work of Faith, the Labour of
Love, and the Patience of Hope,
illustrated; in the Life and Death
of the Rev. Andrew Fuller, of
Kettering, Second Edition, 1818.
32.-The Practical Influence of Evangeli-
cal Religion. At College Lane,
Northampton, 1819.
33.-Redemption from the Curse of the
Law. Preached at Cheltenham,

1820.

34.-Christianæ Militia Viaticum. Sixth Edition, 1825.

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