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MEMOIRS OF THE REV. ARCHIBALD MACLAINE, D. D. LATE MINISTER OF THE ENGLISH CHURCH AT THE HAGUE; TAKEN CHIEFLY FROM A SERMON PREACHED AT BATH, DEC. 2, 1804 ON OCCASION OF HIS DEATH, BY THE REV. DR. GARDINER
DOCTOR MACLAINE was a na- which was peculiarly congenial to tive of Monaghan, a county of the his habits and pursuits, and to disprovince of Ulster, Ireland. His solve those strong ties, which father, a worthy dissenting minis- bound him to the circle of his ter, dying while he was young, friends, and especially to his flock, some relations sent him for edu- who viewed him as their teacher, cation to the university of Glas- their guardian, and their father. gow. Thence he repaired in In England, where he found a 1746, to the Hague, to be an as- cordial and hospitable reception, sistant to his uncie, Mr. Milling, he had no opportunity of fulfilling minister of the English church in those ministerial duties, in which that place, whom he succeeded in he took so much delight.
He was his office. He married the daugh- anxious, however, to employ the ter of M. Chais, a distinguished knowledge, which he had derived minister of the French church, by from experienee, in admonishing whom he had four children, three the inhabitants of this kingdom of of whom, two sons and a daugh- their danger and their duty, and ter, are now living.
with this view he wrote, in 1797, The memory of this divine is a tract, entitled “ The solemn well entitled to the attention of voice of public events considered." christians. He devoted near half But it was not by his writings a century to the discharge of the only, that he endeavoured to benfunctions of the christian ministry, efit his fellow creatures, but also and was always regarded as an or- by his example. He was distinnament and blessing to that part guished by the faithful discharge of Christ's flock, over which he of his duties, both to God and man. presided. During that long peri- As a parent, a master, a neighod, viz. from 1746 to 1796, he per- bour, and a friend, he stood emisevered steadily in the same uni- nently high. The cheerfulness form course, free from ambitious and assiduity, with which he freviews, contented with his lot, re- quented the courts of the Lord's vered and beloved by all around house, and the fervour and solemhim. But when the French rei- nity, with which he joined in our olution had carried its ravages in- offices of devotion, as well as the to Holland, he found himself com- humility with which he, who was pelled to abandon a situation, so well qualified, and had been so VOL I. No. 2.
long accustomed to instruct, took lence, pouring alms into the lap of his place on the bench of instruc- the indigent, oil into the wounds tion, were the subjects of general of the sick, and consolation into observation.
the bosoms of the afflicted. Brought up in the Presbyterian His scientifick attainments were form of ecclesiastical government, very considerable. His talents if he continued to give it a prefer- and dispositions rendered his socience, it was such as was exemptety at once improving and engage from the slightest tincture of big. ing. He was so courteous, afia. otry. He was far from consider. ble, and communicative, that no ing his own communion as infalli. one quitted his company, without ble, or from issuing a sentence of a desire to profit by it again. We condemnation on all others. This will not, however, dwell on these his enlightened mind and liberal perishable parts of his character. heart equally forbad. He sincere. In the words of Dr. Gardiner, we ly deprecated all such attempts, as wish to exhibit him, as the venertending to commute a superficial able pastor, the humble and faithattachment to a form of godliness ful christian, going out of the for the inherent, substantial power world as a penitent reconciled to of it, and as calculated rather to irhis God, and thus having hope in ritate and strengthen the cause of his death. Penetrated with a sense discord, than to promote that of u- of his imperfections, and confess. nion and peace. He was a sincere ing himself unworthy to appear friend to the Episcopal church, before the tribunal of justice, if he adınired its services, espoused its approached with confidence the moșt essential doctrines, joined in throne of mercy, he did it leaning its communion, and associated on that cross, which is the strength with some of its highest and of our salvation. If he presented brightest ornaments.
to his sovereign Master the sacriDoctor Maclaine was conspicu. fice of a broken and contrite spirii, ous for his zeal in the various it was in reliance on the promises branches of his duty. He was of eternal TRUTH, that it would be deeply convinced of the truths of accepted. Conducted by hope, he our holy religion, and knew how to waited for his deliverance with defend them from the open and the tranquillity, and with profound re: insidious attacks of their enemies.* signation to the order of ProviHe laboured incessantly to dispel dence. If languor or pain of body the mists of prejuslice and error, ever extorted from him any arto strengthen the upright, to com- dent desires, they were, that he fort the feeble minded, and to bring mighi depart and be quith Christ. sinners to repentance. Inorder to In proportion as infallible symp. this he handled not the word of God toms announced the approach of deceitfully, or lukewarmly, but by his dissolution, his soul, possessing manifestation of the truth commend the peace of God, was fortified ed himself to every man's conscience against the terrors of death ; and in the sight of God. He was un- he more and more felt the effica, wearied in every office of benevo- cy of that faith, which he had so
earnestly inculcated on others. When Dr. Maclaine was situated at the Hague, he supplicd the foreign department in
When satisfied that the awful the Monthly Review ; but at length be gave summons was issued, set thine up all conne tion with that publication, as he house in order, for thou shall surely himself proftsstd, on acront of it, Sicinions Grinciples
Christian 06,69967. die; he received it by saying, “ You Temember Socrates, the wisest tion of his fellow creatures groanand best of heathens, in this state, ed ; and regretted bitterly the discould only express a hope mingled orders, the feuds, and insurrecwith anxiety and doubt. But bless- tions, which had disgraced his naed be God, though a grievous sin- tive country. Far from envying Der, in retiring to that bed from them who were to sojourn in this which I shall rise no more, I know world long after him, he considerwhom I have believed. Death cano ed it as a subject of gratitude to dot separate me from the love of God, that he would take him to Christ ; in him to die is gain.” himself in times like the present ; Nothing but the most solid and times, which, on a general view of intimate conviction could produce things, he frequently and emphatthe energy and warmth with ically pronounced to be awful and which these words were uttered. tremendous. On his last bed he afforded a no- Hence a general reformation of ble example of the christian's tri- manners, and the deliverance of umph. The divine goodness was his country from the dangers, eminently displayed toward him which she had too justly incurred, ir exempting him from acute formed a part of his prayers. pains, and in preserving his intel. Most fervently also did he implore lectual powers. Of these blessings the blessings of heaven on his rehe entertained the most lively and lations and friends. Ejaculations grateful sense. He profited by of this kind, and of thankfulness them chiefly by being engaged in for the attentions he received in heavenly meditations on the nature his helpless state, were constantly of the change which he was about issuing from his lips. But it was to undergo, the kind of society to divine goodness, that his heart which he was to join, the manifes- overflowed with gratitude, which tations which would be made to was unspeakable, and which tears him of the works and ways of only could express. Christ Jesus, Providence in nature and grace, salvation, and eternal life were evand the scenes of glory and felici- er in his thoughts. The glory of ty which would open to his aston- the future world was constantly in ished view. To the discourses of his view. others on these subjects he listen- The doctrine of the sleep of the ed with animation and delight, soul till the general resurrection and dilated on them himself with he had maturely and thoroughly peculiar earnestness and solemni- investigated. The result of his y. But though he thus rejoiced studies obliged him to declare it op descrying the promised land no less uncomfortable, than unphiwhich he was so soon to possess; losophical and unscriptural. And he could not look back to the wil- now one of his sweetest reflecderness, through which he had tions was, that his understanding passed, with indifference, or with in the vigour of health, obliged unconcern for the welfare of his him to adopt this decision. He brother pilgrims. He bewailed derived a high pleasure from the most pathetically the effects of conviction, that instantly on leavthose sins, which had evidently ing the body the righteous will enbrought down divine judgments on ter on a state of biappiness perfect the earth. He shuddered at the in its kind, though not in that deignominious bondage and perse- gree which they will experience cution, under which so great a por- at the final consuinmation. In
dwelling on these topics, especial- in possession of a far more subly in mentioning his early and ha- stantial reward ? For this purpose bitual attachment to piety, he let us never forget, that meditasometimes feared the warmth of tions on the future state, to be inhis feelings had betrayed him into vigorating and consoling on a death too much selfcomplacency, and bed, must not be then introduced checked himself by exclaiming, for the first time. Generally “ God forbid that I should boast. speaking, they must have been Is this a time of boasting, for sin- habitually cherished in health and ful dust and ashes in a situation the vigour of life. It was this cirlike mine, my bodily frame dis- cumstance, which rendered our desolving, my memory gone, the ceased brother's situation so tranlight of reason expiring ? No ; it quil. It was, as he often said, a is a joy mingled with the pro- steady and familiar acquaintance foundest humility and awe. It is with death in his brightest and with a sense of my own unworthi- ' happiest days, which now on a ness and the allsufficient efficacy bed of languor and pain, deprived of Christ's sacrifice, that I cher- that enemy of his sting. We canish the hope of laying hold of eter not indulge the hope, that we shall nal life, that crown incorruptible, die the death of the saint, unless which God reserves for those who we live as he does. Let this then love him." He could giveno strong- be our earnest resolution. And er proof of the persevering firm- . may that God, who delights to see ness and vivacity of his own faith, his creatures, thus commit their than by gently réproving his souls into his hands, confirm us in mournful attendants for the defi- this resolution, assist us in the exciency of theirs, in these words, ecution of it, and crown us by his the last which he uttered," Weep grace with desired success. not for me, O ye of little faith.” Dr. Maclaine, as early as 1752,
It was in these happy senti- published a single sermon on the ments and dispositions, that, when death of the Prince of Orange. the dust returned to the earth, his In 1765, his able and faithful spirit returned to God who gave translation of Mosheim's Ecclesiit. Thus that respectable minis. astical History made its first apter of Christ, after having spent so pearance in two volumes quarto. It long a life in instructing and con- metavery favourable reception, and soling mankind by his example, was soon reprinted in six volumes his writings, his precepts and ex- octavo. In this form all the subhortations, edifies them in his last sequent editions, one excepted, moments. Blessed be the author have been published. A suppleand finisher of a faith, which pro-, ment to the quarto edition, conduces such glorious effects. What taining the very valuable correcconsolation does it afford to im- tions, additional notes, and disserperfect, sinful beings, whose life, tations, which had been added in is a span, and who know not how the octavo edition, was published soon it may terminate ? Faith is by Dr. Maclaine in 1768. the only lamp, which can enlight- Soon after the appearance of en our steps in the path of felicity Soame Jenyn's View of the interand glory. Shall we not then cul- nal evidence of Christianity, than tivate the sentiments and disposi- which few publications, on their tions, which yielded such consola- first appearance, have been more tion to one, who, we trust, is now generally read, Dr. Maclaine ad