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so; and while we shall resort to no unfair or unchristian weapons, we promise no quarter to Romanism, in any of its forms, and no leniency of verdict to those who would sap the foundations of the Christian faith, and make this favoured country as reckless of Biblical authority as other nations which are now reaping the sad fruits of superstition and infidelity combined.
We believe, from the careful review of certain portions of the public press, and especially from the introduction into our literature of vast masses of German scepticism, that a time of trial is approaching; nay, that it has already commenced. But we have no apprehensions for the truth, if its friends are faithful to their trust. A religious periodical, like the EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE, should be as guarded in its tone as the Christian pulpit; and its responsible conductor should have his eye upon the whole world,—watching every phase of society—every aspect of the literature of the day—and especially every work issuing from the press under the sanction of religious men.
We are cheered to think that we now understand the new German school. We begin to be very familiar with its common-places; we detect the plagiarisms of its English advocates, and we have no misgivings as to the issue. It is, after all, a poor, shallow, worthless thing, that cannot stand before the artillery of an enlightened and well-conducted orthodox press. But the young must be warned, and young ministers in particular; and weapons must be put into their hands by which they may be able to defend themselves against the plausible mystifications of such men as Newman, Greg, and Allison.
We ask the prayers of all our friends, that we may be enabled to be faithful to the truth of God, and that we may so
“ contend for the faith once delivered to the saints,” that there may be nothing in our spirit at variance with the meekness and gentleness of Christ.
And, in conclusion, we ask our Brethren in the ministry, the Deacons of churches, Sunday-School Teachers, and all private Christians, that they will do their utmost, and do it forthwith, to extend the sale of a publication, which, in addition to all the religious good it diffuses, contributes TWELVE HUNDRED Pounds per annum, to the widows of Godly ministers, of various religious denominations.
Let every reader of the Magazine do his best to find another, as we have elsewhere recommended; and our best wishes will be accomplished for the widows of our honoured Brethren departed. Is not the object proposed worthy of a strenuous effort ? Let the head and the heart decide.
FOR JANUARY, 1851.
MEMOIR OF THE LATE REV. SAMUEL JACKSON,
OF NORTHALLERTON, YORKSHIRE.
EVERY observant mind must have, which was but lately so full of loveli. been struck with the fact, that one greatness and promise. principle pervades every department of The Rev. Samuel Jackson, late of the Divine dominion. God hides him. Northallerton, was born in the Wicker, self from our view; “He giveth none Sheffield, June 2nd, 1800. He was the account of his matters." We are as youngest of five children. The parents sured of His presence, and satisfied were both members of the Congregarespecting the wisdom and equity of tional church, Attercliffe, and were His doings, though we are often led to highly esteemed for intelligence and inquire, with painful feelings, “Why is piety. But they were early removed it thus ?" And nothing more frequently from their parental solicitudes and extorts this exclamation, than what we hopes, and five orphan children, young deem the sudden or the premature re- and unprovided for, left to buffet with moval of the wise, the good, and the the ills of life. Providence, however, useful from honourable spheres which interposed: the whole family was adopted seemed essentially to require their con- by an uncle in Sheffield, who took the tinued influence. A bereaved family entire charge of their education and sup. and a weeping flock mourning the irre- port, and brought each one up to some parable loss of their parent and pastor, fitting department of his own respectunder circumstances which, in every able business. human sense, most deeply aggravate The care and kindness of the uncle their woe, produces a thrilling echo to did not go unrewarded; for, although the profound acknowledgment, “ How much tried and disappointed with some unsearchable are Thy judgments, and of his adopted children, he had an ample Thy ways past finding out!" Seldom, recompense in the gratitude, piety, and if ever, have these solemn feelings been happy deaths of others. He too, with more keenly or more sincerely excited his wife, became truly converted to God; than in connexion with the death of and, through a long and honourable the subject of the ensuing sketch. Still, course, adorned their Christian profesall parties interested in this solemn event sion as members of the Independent cau clearly perceive the fringe of light church, Garden-street, Sheffield. They which gilds the dark cloud that has were also prospered in their circumsettled so low and heavy over a scene stances, having realised a handsome
property, which enabled them, when in every sense honourable. Making due overtaken with infirmity and affliction, allowance for his lack of early advanto retire from business.
tages, and for interruptions occasioned Samuel, being unsettled with his by delicate health, his attainments uncle, resolved to provide for himself. were highly respectable, though by no Without attempting to justify the step means equal to what might have been he took, we cannot but admire how all expected from his strong natural abili. was overruled for good. Though not ties, under more favourable circummore than fifteen years of age, he sought, stances. But he is one of the few of of his own accord, and, unaided, ob- whom it can be said, that his piety sustained a situation at Wentworth, to tained no injury by passing through a which, his uncle consenting, he was collegiate course. Here was the secret bound apprentice. His new sphere ex of his success through his whole career. posed him to many dangers. He was The vineyard of the heart was carefully far from a gospel ministry, and from cultivated, and this threw a charm and salutary restraint. For eighteen months an influence over all with which he had his associates and pursuits widened his to do. distance from all that was good. At The third vacation of his college life length parental prayers were answered;
was spent in Hamburgh, whither he early impressions were revived; a new went to supply the Independent chapel bias was gained: he was brought under for some months. His labours in that the ministry of the Rev. James Bennett, city were greatly blessed ; and to this at Masborough Chapel; he became a day he is remembered with much affecnew creature, and devoted himself to tion by many who were privileged to the service of God. The change wrought sit under his ministry in that place. in him was marked. There was a rapid Shortly after his return from Hamburgh, development of his intellectual and mo. he supplied Hope Chapel, Shelton, and ral faculties. He seemed to spring into received a cordial and unanimous invimaturity at once. The mental vigour tation to the pastorate over that people. and the strength of piety which he soon He settled there immediately on leaving attained, in connexion with his pre- Rotherham College; and though he repossessing appearance and superior ad- mained only two years in that sphere, dress, bespoke attention, and insured | his character and ministry are still him regard, through å numerous circle cherished with grateful recollection. of acquaintance. His exemplary con In the year 1827, Mr. Jackson was duct, his diligence in the Sunday-school, invited to undertake the joint charge of his incipient labours in village preach- the Congregational church at Barnard ing, which, from his first efforts, were Castle, in the county of Durham, in highly esteemed by many pious and ju- connexion with the Rev. W. L. Prattdicious persons, issued in a loud and man. There he was ordained to the general request for his introduction to sacred office—the Rev. Messrs Stratten, the Christian ministry. His pastor Eagleton, Ely, James Jackson, and entered most cordially into this object, others, being engaged in the principal and secured for him six months' pre- services of the day. The discourses deparatory training, under the efficient livered on the occasion were published, tuition of the Rev. James Buckham, and are still highly valued and careFinckley. He subsequently entered the fully preserved by Mr. Jackson's friends, Independent College at Rotherham, as a grateful memorial of the powerwhere he spent the usual term of four ful and impressive services associated years.
with his ordination to that work in Mr. Jackson's academic course was which it was ever his delight to spend