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by the variety and multiplicity of his active exertions for the glory of God and the good of mankind !”
The Latin inscription placed over the remains of the deceased, in the Baptist Burying-Ground at Bristol, may be thus translated :-“ Sacred to the memory
of the Rev. Caleb EVANS, D. D. son of Hugh Evans, A. M. who, following the example of his father, was an honour and support to the church and academy over which he long and prosperously presided. In friendship he was firm, liberal, and unchanging ; towards his relatives he displayed the solicitude of a parent, and was loved as a father. Animated by the purest love of constitutional freedom, he was the uniform and intrepid supporter of the rights of the people. His piety towards God was pure and ardent; in all circumstances he was anxious not to appear, but in reality TO BE, a disciple of Christ. Thus cheerfully dedicating himself to promote the best interests of men and the glory of God, he hath left few who are equal to him, none who are superior; and in the 54th year of his age, 1791, died, greatly and deservedly lamented.”
As a Writer, the publications of Dr. Evans were, Sermons on the Scripture Doctrine of the Son and Holy Spirit ; a Collection of Hymns adapted to public worship; an Address to the serious and candid Professors of Christianity; Christ Crucified, or the Scripture Doctrine of the Atonement; with a variety of single Discourses, preached on public occasions. The ADDRESS, though without his name,
he might be said to have attained this last term, if we measure his life not by the efflux of time, but was the most popular of all his productions. It was a reply to the celebrated Dr. Priestly, who was known to have said, upon the perusal of it, that it was written “ like a gentleman and a Christian.” The publications of Dr. Evans were dictated by good sense and a spirit of liberality. Aware of the importance of truth, he was impressed with the advantages of candour and free inquiry. In one of his pieces (the last he ever published), he remarks-“ It has never been my custom to give hard names to those that differ from me, even on subjects of the highest importance ; for the wrath of man will never work the righteousness of God.” His last publication was a Funeral Sermon for the Rev, James Newton, who died the year preceding his own decease, having been for a long period his beloved coadjutor in the academy.
It may be just added, that Dr. Evans edited in three volumes ;-the Works of Theodosia; or, Miss Steele, of Broughton, in Hampshire. This was a lady of considerable poetical talent, and fervid piety.
As a Tutor, he was anxious for the improvement of his pupils; and when they had quitted his roof, he rejoiced in their usefulness and prosperity.
As a Christian Minister, he excelled; and his pulpit labours were uniformly acceptable. Few were better able to elucidate a theological topic, and render it impressive on the minds of the hearers. He had a natural talent for elocution. His enuncia
tion was clear and distinct, and his delivery calcu-
A MESSENGER of grace to sinful men!
Semper honos nomenque tuum laudesque manebunt!
Dr. Evans was twice married : by his first wife, a. very amiable lady (sister of the late Dr. Joseph Jeffries) he had five children, of which a Son and a Daughter are still living. His second wife, a most respectable. and benevolent lady, survived him, and is lately deceased. During her life-time her charities were not only numerous, but extended to individuals of every, denomination. Her generous soul knew nothing of:
the antipathies of a sullen and repulsive bigotry Thy honot naine,
Mimouin Rest der
At her death, Nov. 17, 1817, she left behind her memorials of her beneficence and piety.
As to the person of Dr. Evans, he was of a middling stature, small limbed, and dark complexion; but his features, like those of Doddridge, were lit up, and peculiarly animated in conversation. He possessed a good understanding, enriched by a considerable portion of learning, which, united to a truly generous disposition, made him, though his feelings were sometimes warm even to excess, ever alive to the best interests of mankind,
But to return, after this biographical digression, to MR. RICHARDS, whom we left fully occupied in discharging the duties of the Christian Ministry. Mr. Richards had an invitation a few
after to settle at Norwich-the Baptist Church being vacant in that city ; but Lynn he never quitted. It was his first, and he determined it should be his last settlement, remaining where he was most useful, and where, of course (I speak from experience) he was most happy. His disinterestedness was rewarded by a legacy from an old Lady, who was much attached to his ministry. This small but comfortable independency made him happy through life, and enabled him to indulge in acts of kindness towards his relatives and poor brethren in the Ministry. Had Mr. Richards lived, he would have been the friend of a Society recently formed for assisting MINISTERS in the decline of life, awaiting as they too often do in poverty and obscurity their final reward. His sympathy towards his indigent brethren
was conspicuous; and one of his last acts of benevolence was pleading the cause of a poor Welsh Minister, in the Principality of Wales *.
As a Preacher, Mr. Richards was never popular; but his talents were appreciated, and his services proved acceptable. Hearers who loved good sense and moderation (alas ! that in any congregation they should form the minority) could not fail to admire his labours. There is no proof that at any time his pulpit effusions were obscured by fanaticism, or disgraced with bigotry. His preaching was extemporaneous; kence he has left behind him no written sermons. Indeed, he might have just previous to his death destroyed them, along with an immense mass of
which he is known to have committed to the flames. But there are a few skeletons or OUTLINES which have been found of his Discourses, highly creditable to his memory. His general knowledge of theology, and his acquaintance with composition, would have rendered the writing of sermons
an easy task to him. And, indeed, every Minister ought to be able to commit bis thoughts on any passage of Scripture to paper with
* I beg leave to recommend an Institution formed for the relief of aged and infirm Protestant Dissenting Ministers. James Gibson, Esq. Treasurer, No. 10, Great St. Helens; and the Rev. T. Cloutt, Honorary Secretary, No. 14, Penton-Row, Walworth; John Gurney, Esq. the celebrated barrister, with some of the first characters, have lent their aid to the establishment of this excellent Institution.