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at the head of the suffering Worthies, constituting his Cambro-British Biography.
The Rev, Hugh Evans was born near the Hay, Brecknockshire, in the year 1712, and died at Bristol during the month of April 1781, where he had sustained the pastoral office for near half a century. He was educated for the Ministry under the venerable Bernard Foskett, who superintended the instruction of young men for the ministry among the Particular Baptists. With this apostolic man he was associated, first, as an assistant in the church at Broadmead, and afterwards as tutor in the academy. Upon the death of Mr. Foskett he succeeded him both as pastor and instructor of youth ; these offices were filled by Mr. Hugh Evans with fidelity till the period of his decease, when he was blessed with an easy dismission from the cares and sorrows of mortality. The minister who committed his remains to the tomb remarked, that “he ended his days like a. calm summer's evening, without a cloud !"
His Funeral Sermon was preached the Sunday after his interment, by his eldest son Dr. Caleb Evans. The text was from 2 Kings ii. 12. My father, my father, the chariots of Israel, and the horsemen thereof! It was somewhat remarkable. that a son should preach his father's funeral sermon; but never was there a composition so fraught with filial affection, blended at the same time with a
rational and ardent piety. The Old Gentleman was e universally beloved and esteemed. The writer of
this article recollects, that when a boy he was
charmed with his eloquence in the pulpit. When a child is thus affected, there must be something excellent; something that strikes the imagination, and finds its way to the heart. Indeed, to a natural warmth of affection, he joined a diffusive benevolence, together with an amiable and child-like simplicity. He published only three Sermons, all in the same year; the first, on the death of a Minister; the second, in behalf of the Bristol Education Society; the third, at the Ordination of the late Rev. Thomas Dunscombe, then settled at Coates, Oxfordshire. They are replete with good sense, and breathe a spirit of unaffected piety. He was married twice; by the first wife he had one son, the late Dr. CALEB EVANS; and several daughters, all of whom are deceased : by the second wife there were sons and daughters; one of the latter only, a widow lady, is still living, who, with many grandchildren and great grandchildren, venerate his memory.
Mr. Hugh Evans had an half-brother (grandfather to the writer of this Memoir) the Rev. CALEB EVANS, who occasionally preached, never having any stated charge. He spent a long life in the instruction of youth, dying at the advanced age of seventy-six, and is interred in the Brunswick-square Cemetery, Bristol. -The remains of the Rev. Hugh Evans are deposited in the ground belonging to Broadmead congregation. The inscription on his grave, in Latin, may be thus translated :
“Sacred to the memory of Hugu EVANS, A M. who deservedly ranked with the theologians of his age. In
his public services be was equally eloquent and impressive, and in discharging the several duties of the sacred office, faithful, laborious, and successful. To the arduous and important task of educating YOUTH, he was peculiarly adapted; in performing the offices of piety, he was prompt and indefatigable. As a husband, father, and friend, he had few equals. But what need of many words?--he was the true Christian. He died 1781, in the sixty-ninth year of his age.”Multis ille bonis flebilis, occidit. +
I shall only add, that such was the regard borne by this excellent man towards his countrymen, the Cambro-Britons, that for a series of years he attended with a sacred punctuality their religious ANNUAL Associations in the Principality. On these occasions hundreds assemble together from distant parts of the country! It is a kind of day of Pentecost, when each individual seems animated with a more than ordinary degree of zeal and of piety. Several ministers preaching successively, each in his different tongue, English or Welsh—are seen discharging the duties of their ministry.
Dr. CALEB EVANS, the eldest son of the Rev. Hugh Evans, was born at Bristol in 1738. Having received the first part of his education for the ministry under his own father, he went to London about the year 1754, where he became a pupil at Mile End Academy, then conducted with reputation by Drs. Walker and Jennings; the latter of whom was the author of Jewish Antiquities. After.
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the completion of his studies, he continued in the metropolis, preaching at Unicorn-yard, Southwark. In 1759, Mr. Evans returned to Bristol, where, on the decease of the Rev. Bernard Foskett, he was chosen to be his father's assistant to the Particular Baptist Congregation at Broadmead, as well as in the academy appropriated to the educating of young men for the ministry. It was not, however, till August, 1767, that he was ordained by the late excellent Dr. Samuel Stenuett, and other ministers. Soon after this he formed the Bristol Education Society. To this he was led from the circumstance of an endowment, which has been for many years. attached to the pastor of Broadmead, and is held by the tenure of his being a man well skilled in Greek and Hebrew, devoting a portion of his time to the instruction of six candidates for the ministry. With the ardour of youth, and the perseverance of laudable zeal, he raised funds and annual subscriptions for the purpose of extending this sphere of usefulness. Hence, in conjunction with his venerable Father and the Rev. James Newton, esteemed for his unassuming piety, arose the Bristol Education Society, which has since sent forth many useful ministers of Christ. About the year 1775, Dr. Evans engaged in a spirited contest with the late Rev. John Wesley, respecting the American war. In the year 1781, he succeeded his beloved father in the pastoral office, and became also President of the Education Society. Both these important stations he filled with ability, during a period of ten years; for in August, 1791, after a few months' indisposition, he terminated his active and useful career, having attained to the fifty-fourth year of
To an affectionate inquiry made by Mr. Richards after the particulars of Dr. Evans's decease, this memorable reply was made by one of his Deacons :-“ Our dear friend, after his first paralytic seizure, was gradually recovering, so much so, that on the day on which he was, as it were, finally, visited on earth, he had intended once more to deliver a message from his Master; but a voice came, saying, “I have no more work for you to do on Earth; you must praise me in Heaven !" His second seizure was on the Sabbath ; and ou the third day he expired at Downend, a small village in the vicinity of Bristol. Here he had a summer residence; and. here he built a neat chapel, having a congregation and charity-school, which flourish to the present day. A weeping concourse of people followed his remains to the grave; and on the Sabbath after his interment, Dr. Samuel Stennet preached his funeral sermon, to a numerous auditory, from Hebrew xiü. 8. Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever. It was printed, together with the Funeral Oration delivered by the Rev. John Tommas, of the Pithay. The preacher well observes of Dr. Evans "He died at an age when, in the course of nature, his continuance for ten or fifteen years longer, might have been expected. In a sense, however,