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making arrangements with the society in Scotland for propagating Christian Knowledge, and with whom the money is to be vested in trust; and the interest applied annually for the moral and religious benefit to Iona. We are thus endeavouring to carry into effect Mr. Richmond's benevolent design.”
It is with unfeigned satisfaction that we hail the dawn of Iona’s recovery of her ancient privileges; but we trust the effort will not rest here.
When we contemplate this once celebrated isle, the ancient seat of piety and civilization ; formerly actively engaged in dispensing to others the blessings by which it was so highly distinguished; and when we contrast these privileges with its present state of religious destitution ; we confess that we are unable to repress the emotions awakened by such a recollection. Shall a population of 450 immortal beings be left destitute of the
and of the appointment of a regular ministry? Shall "she who was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, sit solitary and become as a widow ?" We call on the sons of Caledonia to fulfil a solemn act of duty--we would remind them of their obligations to this illustrious isle, and point to the broken fragments of its temples, which seem to say, " why repair ye not the breaches of the Lord's house ?" We are disposed to believe, if an appeal at this time were made to the Christian public, both in Scotland and England, that it would not be despised. To Mr. Richmond's visit, Iona owes her school-house. We cannot refrain from indulging the pious wish, that to his Memoir she might be indebted for a still higher blessing, the establishment of a regular ministry!
We must not extend the detail of these tours beyond the present limits : other subjects demand attention. Mr. Richmond's journals abound with the most grateful recollections and honourable mention of his friends in Scotland. Indeed, it were impossible that such a heart should not feel deeply the kind hospitality every where shewn him, and the generous manner in which the English missions were encouraged and supported. Though delicacy forbids us to publish these warm expressions of his gratitude and love, and restrains us from specifying the objects of his praise, we cannot retrace our steps homewards without making one remark. In the record of those journeys there appears a uniform acknowledgment of the liberality and urbanity of his brethren in Scotland, without even one solitary exception to occasion regret.
This " unity of spirit in the bond of peace,” is highly creditable to the Episcopalian and his brethren of the Presbytery. 'The editor would throw himself upon the candour of the reader for dwelling so much and so frequently, in the course of the Memoir, on the subject of Christian charity. But the schisms of the church of God are very painful to his mind, and the subject of his daily prayer. He knows no greater joy than to perceive the family of his Lord and Saviour, however scattered in distant lands, and somewhat separated by the warpings of education and habits, or by the infirmities of a fallen nature, cherishing - the same love, being of one accord, of one mind," “ doing nothing through strife or vain glory, but in lowliness of mind esteeming each other better than themselves."*
On his return from the North, Mr. Richmond passed through Stockport, at the time when radical opinions disturbed the country. In consequence of his lameness, he was never able to walk far without resting. He was leaning on his stick and looking about him, when a poor fellow ran up to him and offered his hand, inquiring with considerable earnestness, pray, sir, are
“ Yes, my friend,” replied Mr. Richmond, " I am a radical, a thorough radical.” Then,” “ give me your hand.” Stop, sir, stop; I must explain myself: we all need a radical reformation, our hearts are full of disorders; the root and principle within us is altogether corrupt. Let you and I mend matters there ; and then all will be well, and we shall cease to complain of the times and the government." " Right, sir,” replied the radical,"you are right, sir;" and bowing respectfully, he retired.
Mr. Richmond had ever a strong antipathy to political contention ; nor could he be prevailed on to vote at an election without extreme reluctance. He used to say, “a religious man is never more out of his place, nor in greater danger of losing his
you a radical ?"
» said the man,
* Legh Richmond, in this respect, exhibited throughout his life a decided preeminence. He seemed to carry along with him an atmosphere of his own ; and, in his society, peculiarities for the most part yielded to the softening in fluence of true affection. The editor remembers a pleasing anecdote, which strikingly exemplifies his friend's happy manner of meeting the asperities of very rugged natures. He was once conversing with a brother clergyman, on the case of a poor man who had acted inconsistently with his religious profession. After some angry and severe remarks, the gentleman with whom he was discussing the case, concluded by saying, “ I have no notion of such conduct; 1 will have nothing to do with him.” Nay, brother," observed Mr. Richmond, " let us be more charitable in our judgment; for with opportunity on the one hand, and Satan at the other, and the grace of God at neither, where should you and I be ?"
piety, than in the squabbles of politics." The following humorous epistle to his friend Mr. P., well explains his sentiments on this subject.
" My dear Sir, I always tremble when religion and politics clash their chariot wheels together. I once saw a post-chaise overtake another post-chaise; the foremost was going gently and peaceably onward ; the hindmost rather furiously : at the instant of near approach (rather too near, you will say,) the fore wheel of the latter caught fast hold of the inner circumference of the hind wheel of the former. For a few paces the two chaises went on, in awkward partnership, till at length all four horses took alarm, and set off at full speed, compelling the tottering carriages to go as fast as themselves; which they did, till one was overturned with the loss of a wheel, and the other dashed onward in a full career of ungovernable rapidity. It was soon out of sight, so I know not what became of it. This was the political vehicle. Poor religion lay smashed in the ditch, and the passengers at length put their heads out of the window, and cried, help us out of the ditch.' and they crept slowly on foot to the next village, to collect ham, beef, beer, and experience.”
We did so,
Legh Richmond's correspondents were numerous. It is truly wonderful that he could find time for a few lines to each of them. When absent from home, he not only wrote to his wife and every one of his children ; but to the tutor of his boys ; to the curate who supplied his church ; and to his parishioners. We have not room for many specimens. The following are no discredit to his memory.
“ Lutterworth, Nov. 13, 1822. “My dear Friend,*-I throw myself on your Christian feelings of charity once more. I have done wrong in what I have written ; I pray you to forgive me. My real, true, and only exeuse is, that my anxious feelings for the parish, and my high approbation of your character and conduct amongst the people, made me under-rate your objections; I did not think them of sufficient weight, and I was sincerely and honestly fearful that you had some other reason, in which I was personally implicated, and which your delicacy did not like to name. I now believe otherwise, and I hope you will receive my acknowledgment of
* The Rev. Mr. R
at that time his curate.
my error in the same spirit wherein it is offered to you. Do not let it influence you in any part of your feelings or conduct towards me. You little know the heart with which you have to do, if you think that, except under an erroneous impression, I could wound any one, much less a friend and brother, and one whom I so cordially esteem and love. I fancied that it was your nerves, and not yourself, that shrank from the path in which I hoped Providence had placed you ; and therefore I write as I did. Once more, forgive me. My wife can tell you how much I suffered in my mind before you arrived. I looked to your coming as a great comfort-I found it so. Every thing went on well; I thought that after a year's trial and acquaintance with the people, you would be the very man to succeed in my absence. I built upon this hope, and imagined that I could remove the difficulties which, on a short and cursory view. affected your mind. I tried to do so,-I failed ; the fabric of my bi.pe seemed to totter,-my spirits sank :-) fancied there was more of fancy than argument in your reasons for going. These considerations disappointed me, and excited my solicitude. crossed in all my hopes and plans for the next year.
Even the parental desire to visit my daughter in Scotland, by leaving a tried and accepted friend at home, seemed to be blighted. Put all these things together, and I think you will the inore readily throw a mantle of charitable forgiveness over the faults and niistakes of your friend. On the receipt of this, which I send open as a part of my letter to Mrs. R., talk to her freely about it; and may every uneasy feeling, either in your or hers, or my own mind, be done away. So far as concerns my correspondence, this letter contains my heart and mind; cancel every
other. “ I trust that you are sparing yourself, agreeably to my request, in regard to any of the meetings, which have pressed on your strength and spirits. Shorten the evening chancel lectures; take care of yourself, yet be at ease in so doing. An unexpected, but important proposition has been made to me relative to some sermons for next Sunday, and which may possibly prevent my return before. It is yet unsettled, and waits the arrival of a leiter to-morrow; but I will mention the result as soon know it myself.
" Accept, for myself, the most sincere assurance of my high and unfeigned esteem for you and your ministry ; my cordial prayers
your welfare, both in mind and body and estate ; my anxious regret that our connexion must not be of a more lasting continuance; and my belief that you have entertained a real and unmixed regard and respect for your unworthy friend. I
can add no more than prayers for your happiness, and a hope that your next partner in the ministry may as highly appreciate your services, and give you as fully his heart, as does-Your affectionate friend and brother,
“ LEGH RICHMOND."
My dear Friend,--Had I not frequently heard of you, and of the satisfactory manner in which you and the boys were going on, from my daughters, I should have written to you be ore, a letter of inquiry and friendship. Accept a few lines now, however, for the sake of both.
I can assure you that no object lies nearer to my heart than the welfare of my sons, in whom the treasury of my affections and conscientious desires is greatly
I often, very often, look with trembling regard on the future, as it concerns them; and were there not a thronie of grace for them and for me, I know not how I should bear up under many a drooping feeling. You now see and know them, and, I am persuaded, feel an interest in all that respects them. Tell me a little of the progress and general conduct of each, and be assured of the confidence which I repose in your consci. entious assiduity and friendly affection towards them and us. You, my friend, know the value of an immortal soul, and can unite its prosperity with every other consideration : you feel it for yourself, and can feel it for others. You know something of the snares and vices of the world by which we are surrounded, and can enter into the temptations by which youths are constantly endangered : you are not ignorant of the inward plague of the natural heart, and of the need there is for prayer and watchfulness, to preserve it from manifesting its evils in a thousand ways. I can, therefore, and I do, feel a peculiar satisfaction in contemplating your office as connected with your principles. The time is now at hand when I trust, in the bosom of my family and parish, to cultivate more intimacy and friendship with you than circumstances have recently permitted ; and to share with you the anxious task of rearing up young minds for heaven. I have had much interesting matter for contemplation during this journey, on the beauties of nature as well as of grace. I have taken a wide rauge of scenery in Scotland, in the Hebrides, and the North-east coast of Ireland ; it is no easy task to detail or describe such objects, with all their combinations and effects; but they leave a valuable impression on the mind that seeks God in the midst of them. It is delightful to worship Him in the temple of creation, and to catch from psalmists and prophets the happy art of elucidating his works of redeeming love, by