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ferable claim to these exhibitions. This enDied at his father's house, Whitehill Cot- | abled him to prosecute his studies without tage, Chester-le-street, Durham, on the 11th any expense to his relations; and he comof July last, in the twentieth year of his age. menced his university course in November, Alexander Ramsay, student of medicine, 1842, being then little more than twelve younger son of the Rev. John Kamsay. En years of age. After completing his classical joying from his childhood the advantages of and philosophical curriculum, he entered on a religious education, and possessing naturally the study of medicine,' under the late Dr. a docile and amiable disposition, he was, in a John Reid, Professor of Anatomy in the great measure, preserved from the follies and United College, who had lately been appointed vanities of youth, and was punctual and con- to that chair, in room of the deceasel Dr. scientious in attending to his religious duties. Robert Briggs. From the difficulty of proseAt an early period he was sent to Silcoates cuting the study of medicine in so limited a School, and made such proficiency in the sphere as St. Andrew's, the medical professor various branches of education taught at that had, with the approbation of the Senatus seminary, particularly in classical attain- Academicus, converted this department into a ments, that he was found qualified, after the course of chemistry. But, on the appointexamination by the Professors, to receive a ment of Dr. Reid, the anatomy class was revaluable bursary, or exhibition, to St. An- opened, and another professor nominated to drew's University, to which he had been pre- the chemical chair. The celebrity of Dr. sented by Sir Alexander Ramsay, of Balmain, Reid gave a new impulse to this branch of students of the founder's name having a pre- study, and several promising young men im
mediately enrolled their names as students. | lent parent to the writer, it is said:-" It will The career of this eminent man was of short comfort you to know that my son, of whom duration ; for, while yet in the full vigour of you write so kindly, left every testimony of life, he was seized with a painful malady, acceptance in Christ Jesus. His faith was gangrene in the tongue, which baffled all the simply in the blood of Christ; and we know skill of the faculty, and cut him off at the who links that with remission of sins." These early age of forty. It is pleasing to know two young men were “lovely and pleasant in that, during his long and painful illness, he their lives," and in death they were not " long afforded unequivocal evidence of true piety; or far divided." The following account of and though, from the nature of his complaint, Mr. Ramsay's last illness, extracted from his he was almost entirely precluded from con- father's letter, will be read with interest:Versation, the Bible was his constant com- “At first,” he says, “ ho flattered himself panion ; and all who had access to know his that he would recover, and I deceived myself state of mind, expressed themselves satisfied with the same hope, till within a few days of with the reality of the change. A memoir of his death, although his mother long anticithis talented physician is (it is believed) in pated the gradual approach. He was confined course of preparation, by his intimate friend, to bed only one week, and had little or no Dr. George Wilson, Lecturer on Chemistry pain ; but as his life had been, so was his in Edinburgh; which will embalm the name death-calm and gentle : one long breath, of Dr. Reid, along with those of Drs. Turner, and then three almost imperceptible, when he Bateman, and Howell, as illustrious trophies ceased to breathe, and all was over. The day of the power of Divine grace to dispose the before his death his mind wavered, though profound scholar and high-minded philoso- he soon recovered his recollection ; but the pher to receive the kingdom of God as a little day on which he died he was quite calm and child. Under this distinguished professor collected. He said -- · He is passing ! His young Ramsay pursued his medical studies mother replied, “ There is nobody passing.' with great ardour ; and the terms of his bur- Yes, yes! he added ; * He is passing by—it is sary entitling him to complete his course at the Lord, proclaiming the Lord God merciful any other seat of learning, he afterwards re- and gracious! He stopped, and I finished moved to Edinburgh, with a view to avail the verse. After repeating some promises of himself of the greater advantages which the God's Word, I asked him, 'What is the state metropolis affords for prosecuting the various of your mind now? What do you exactly branches of medical science, and continued to mean?' he asked. I mean with respect to attend the classes there till the month of eternity. To which he quickly responded, February last, when the unfavourable state 'Quite well, quite well! About mid-day he of his health compelled him to return home asked if it was dark? “No,' I replied; - it is ere the session was closed.
light.' His mother added, "It will be light in Though of a lively and cheerful turn of the valley, and angels will be there to conmind, his constitution was naturally delicate. duct you to glory. With a sort of rapture, He was frequently seized, when at college, he said, “They will be there--they will be with severe fits of hemorrhage from the nose, there! These were almost his last words ; and used to complain of great exhaustion on and at half-past four o'clock that afternoon, returning to his lodgings from the anatomical he gently passed from time into eternity.” class-room In a letter from his father to the In another part of the same communicawriter of this sketch, it is mentioned, that in tion it is said :-“You wish for some partithe summer after his last session at St. An- culars of Alexander's death, and also to know drew's, he had a severe attack of fever, from whether he has left any memoranda in writthe effects of which he never altogether re- | ing, from which the state of his mind, and his covered. Ile resumed his studies, however, prospects for eternity, might be ascertained. next winter, and attended the classes, though Shortly after his return from Edinburgh, in under great weakness, till the beginning of February, he burned a great many papers, February, when, by the advice of Dr. Hen- which he took out of his portfolio, merely derson, he returned to England. “From saying they were of no importance. This this time," adds his father," he became in- circumstance I regret now, though I placed creasingly weaker ; and the death of his fel- the utmost reliance on his judgment and prulow-student, Mr. James Tetley, greatly af- dence. The only papers he has left are very fected him." This amiable youth was a copious notes of sermons and lectures de. native of Yorkshire, and was the son of W. livered by you, when he was a student at St. Tetley, Esq., of Asenby Lodge, near Thirsk. Andrew's; and I can see by them, though They were about the same age, and entered you had not told me, that his attendance on Dr. Reid's class about the same time. He your ministry was very regular. Often did died on the 23rd of March last, at his father's he speak of this as a great privilege, and house, after giving pleasing evidence of a deeply lamented that the state of his health, change of heart. In a letter from his excel during his last session at your university,
prevented him from attending so often as he said he would like to be a minister of God's could have wished. The means of grace were Word, but was apprehensive that the cirdear to him, and those enjoyed in St. An- cumstances of the family would not allow of drew's were doubly prized. He was a careful, his receiving a suitable education. On his attentive hearer, and the word of Christ referring to this, his mother observed, that dwelt in him richly." Both Ramsay and something in the course of Divine providence Tetley attended the Independent chapel while would cast up, to enable him to attain the at college, and this is one circumstance which object of his desire. This was during the has reconciled the writer of this memoir to Midsummer holidays. And before leaving continue in a station somewhat difficult, as home to return to school, he and a friend affording opportunities of usefulness to young agreed that each should make it a subject of men attending the university-classes, some of special petition, in their daily prayers, that whom are now removed from this transitory God, by his providence, would point out the scene, and others are occupying important way, and show the path in which he should spheres in various parts of the world.
go; and two months had scarcely elapsed, Young Ramsay, from the testimony of those when the way was opened up, by his being who had best access to know, was a constant presented with the bursary, for enabling him reader of the Word of God, and deeply con- to follow out the desire of his heart, if he versant with every part of it. “His know. should still continue in the same mind. And ledge of the Bible," says his father," was greater though his attention was directed, in the first than I ever knew, in one of his age :" but, instance, to the study of medicine, it is befrom his great modesty and retiredness, this lieved that, had lie been spared to take out was known only to a few. His general know- his degree as M.D., he would then have ledge was also extensive. He could speak on offered himself as a candidate for the minisalmost any subject; and, having a most reten- try; and from various hints that occasionally tive memory, he digested whatever he read. fell from him, it would seem he had thoughts History was peculiarly attractive to him, and of ultimately devoting himself as a medical in it he was deeply read, for his years. Novels, missionary : but the Supreme Disposer of and the light literature of the day, he could events had ordered it otherwise. Yet it was not bear: all frivolous writing disgusted him, well that it was in his heart. and a favourite phrase of his respecting that “ His classical attainments," his father obsort of reading often occurred—“ Cui bonos" serves, “were of no mean order ; every year (“What is the use of it?") Baxter and Howe he carried off prizes at Silcoate's, and his were great favourites with him, especially the name appeared in the honorary List of Stuformer; and he often read the “ Pilgrim's Pro- dents at St. Andrew's :"-and had his life gress," not relishing Banyan's other works so been spared, there is every reason to believe well. Besides the notes of sermons above he would have proved an honour to his proalluded to, his father mentions another memo- fession, and would have afforded another evirandum found in his Pocket Bible, containing dence, in addition to the many already given, simply the chapter and verse where any spe- of the compatibility of the highest literary cial promise was to be found. As an instance and scientific attainments with the most humof his diligence in the study of the Scriptures, ble and fervent piety, and the entire consecrait is related, in another communication, that tion of the heart to God. on one occasion, when at St. Andrew's, from Let the young learn, from such examples, some unexplained cause, he had gone to bed the vanity and uncertainty of all earthly proswithout reading his accustomed portion ; but pects, and the importance of seeking first the his conscience was so tender that he could kingdom of God and His righteousness, that not sleep, till he arose and re-lighted his all other things may be added to them. candle, and read a part of that Word which Medical students are exposed to peculiar makes wise unto salvation. No doubt this temptations; and while busying themselves may partly be ascribed to the effect of early with the study of the physical structure, are habit, but it shows the great importance of too apt to lose sight of the nobler part of our cultivating such habits in early life ; and may nature, and to resolve the phenomena of mind reprove some, greatly his superiors in years, and thought into the gross elements of mawho, “ amidst all their getting," are forgetful terial organisation. Nor can a better antito "get understanding," of God's holy Word. dote be suggested against this supposed tend
The following passage from the same letter, ency of medical science, than the method taken in connexion with his obtaining the adopted by our young friend-of embuing the bursary before mentioned, may be regarded mind with the truths of revelation, by the as a remarkable instance of faith in the effi- daily and devout study of the Holy Scripcacy of prayer, in one so young :-“ While at tures. Silcoate's School-especially the last year he
W. L. was there-he was much perplexed in mind about his choice of a profession, and often
irreproachable integrity. It was his happiDied lately, in his seventy-fifth year, Mr. ness and his great advantage to be united to Isaac Fletcher, long an exemplary member a wife whose strong mind and earnest reliand active deacon of the church of Christ as- gion eminently qualified her to be a wise sembling for worship, Above-Bar, Southamp-counsellor not less than an affectionate com
panion, whom he survived several years, the He had the inestimable advantage of early more deeply to feel her value by her loss. Few spiritual culture and discipline by parents men, probably, have ever acted in the office of who acknowledged God in all their ways. a deacon with a more single-hearted inten
At that dangerous crisis for the character tion to fulfil all its duties. He was ready to of the young, when they are of necessity every good work that approved itself to his separated from their home and all its imme- judgment; and much, and for many long years, diate moral influences, it was his happiness to did the church with which he was connected form a intimacy with a devoted servant of owe to the diligence, the zeal, the unselfish Christ, whose intellectual superiority and and generous spirit of his services. moral weight were conscientiously dedicated In his whole course, from youth to age, his to the improvement of his junior. This good genuine lowliness of mind, preference of others influence was so blessed by Him who encour- to himself, anworldly spirit, fervent desire to ages and answers parental prayer, as to be cherish heart-religion, cordial sympathy with come the means of prescrving him from the all goodness, have left the most agreeable sins and follies of youth, that so often leave recollections on the heart of one who, after an behind them a stain and a sting for all the unalloyed friendship of fifty-three years, surfuture years of life.
vives thus feebly to commemorate his Chris. In a long life of business, not without its tian worth. difficulties, he was enabled to maintain an
NOTICE TO TRUSTEES.
THE EVENTS OF THE MONTH.
who think and teach with Mr. Bennett, but We beg to inform our brethren the Trus- who make it difficult for even a right-minded tees of the EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE, both Bishop to catch them? What is to be done in London and the Provinces, that the next with those who, in the Establishment, ignore Half-yearly Meeting, for the distribution of the Queen's supremacy? Are they to retain profits arising from the sale of that work, their position in the national Church, while will be held (D.v.) at Baker's Coffee House, they denounce the very elemental principle Change Alley, Cornhill
, on Wednesday, 8th of the English Establishment. If they reject January, AT ELEVEN O'CLOCK PRECISELY. the Establishment principle, why do they not
come out of it, and form a Free Puseyite
Episcopal Church? They cannot do this; We have no definite light as yet upon the because, with all their quarrel with the plans of Government for repelling the Pope's Queen's supremacy, they would lose their aggression. The Queen's answer to the City Anglo-Catholic position immediately, were of London and the Universities, is our only they to become a sect of Episcopal Dissenters. prophetic revelation. It was proper, if Par- | There is no hope for them, but in going over liament is to be appealed to, that the Royal to Rome; for as long as we have an Estareply should be couched in cautious phrase.blishment in this country, they may rest asBut that the Ministry and the Parliament sured that the people will see to it, that the will deal effectually with the political intru-Qucen shall continue to be its earthly head. sion of the Bishop of Rome, we cannot doubt. The Convocation need not be even so much The people of Great Britain hare called, with as dreamed of. We have had enough of it, a determination not to be mistaken, that the as all history tells us. daring outrage on national feeling shall be We have before us a singular production, defeated.
from the pen of the Rev. Prebendary Gresley. But what is to be done with the Tracta- It is entitled “ A Word of Remonstrance with rians? The Bishop of London has awoke the Evangelicals. Addressed to the Rev. from his slumbers, and begins to speak out; Francis Wilson, M.A., in reply to his Pamand the present excitement will doubtless phlet called 'No Peace with Tractarians.'” compel other reverend persons on the Bench Our Evangelical brethren may ascertain from to get rid of the more advanced of the Pasey- this pamphlet how far it will be wise in them ite school. But what course will be pursued to symbolize with the Tractarian school. in reference to the prudential class with those Mr. Gresley seems to be in a sever with the
Bishop of Worcester, for his determination to Attend punctually upon his ministry. Le suffer no priestly confession in his diocese. no frivolous excuse detain you at home either “ The Bishop of Worcester," he says, “ I un- part of the day. It is very disheartening to derstand, has resolved to put down'confes - a minister, when he has spent the week in sion in his diocese. What an awful fact! laborious preparations for the pulpit, to look The Church expressly appoints a means of around upon a spare andience, and to observe grace strictly in accordance with Holy how many are absent from their pews, whom Scripture. A Bishop dares to forbid it! May he had hoped to benefit by shaping his disGod forgive him, and not lay this sin to his courses to meet their spiritual wants. How charge! May he not have to answer at the can he help feeling that much of his labour day of judgment for souls lost through his is lost? When the weather is inclement, or prohibition of a most solemn and saring the skies are orercast, instead of looking out ordinance!”
half-a-dozen times to find a plausible excuse Mr. Gresley is full of sympathy for her for staying at home, just recollect that your Majesty's present position. " The real truth minister must be as punctual in storm as in is," he informs the public, " the Queen's just sunshine; that many of the congregation cansupremacy is at present wrested from her, and not safely get out in very bad weather, and exercised by another, who has no right to it, that if you are well enough to go abroad and uses it unworthily.” Further, he tells us, upon business, you can have no valid excuse " That in the choice of a Bishop, the Queen, for absenting yourself from the house of God. in her capacity of supreme governor, should Encourage him to deal very plainly with be allowed to consult with the principal Pre. you. When he preaches what are called lates on the Bench, and not be constrained “hard doctrines,” which you admit are found to accept the nominee of a minister of state,” in the Bible, don't lay your heads down in &c. Well, we must tell Mr. Gresley, quietly, token of your disapprobation, nor unmisthat the people of England will take good takcably show by your restlessness how much care not to increase the power of the priest you wish he would let such subjects alone. hood in the direction to which the Prebendary Remember that he comes to you under a of Lichfield is looking. Dissenters and sacred commission, as an ambassador of Churchmen have an interest, while there is Christ; and that he may not “shun to dean Establishment, in keeping within proper clare unto you all the counsel of God, bounds the ambition of the clergy. Let the whether you will hear or whether you will Tractarians form their Free Church and forbear." It is true, if he has the spirit of teach; their Popery at their own, and not at him who said, “Woe is unto me if I preach the nation's expense.
not the gospel,” he will “ obey God, rather than man!" but if you constrain him to eja
culate, “Who hath believed our report ?" you HOW TO KEEP A GOOD MINISTER, AND
will discourage him, and render yourselves unworthy of his faithful services.
Give him a chance to grow. In addition to “ Esteem him very highly in love for his the few books which he may be able to purwork's sake.” Though he should not be so chase, provide him with a good theological popular nor so great a scholar as some of his library, that he may have wherewithal to enbrethren, if he loves his Master, and loves rich his mind, and to bring forth out of his his work, and loves his people, and preaches treasure things new and old. And having good, sound doctrine, treat him as an furnished him with the necessary tools, let bassador of Christ," sent to beseech sinners him have time to use them. If he is disposed in His stead to be reconciled to God. If he to appropriate liis forenoons to study, as a is young and inexperienced, make such al- good minister of course will be, don't interlowances as to show him that he is sur rupt him, except from necessity, or where the rounded on all sides by friends, who expect call cannot be postponed till the afternoon less than they would from one of a riper age, without great inconvenience. and more power of physical endurance. This Give him a comfortable support.
“ The will encourage him to do the best he can, and labourer is worthy of his hire. Even so hath he will grow as fast as you could reasonably God ordained that they who preach the gospel expect. If he comunits some mistakes (and should live of the gospel.” To say nothing who, that sustains my difficult and respon- of the injustice of it, half starving a good sible office, does not), overlook them; or, if minister is the poorest economy in the world. they are of such a nature that he needs to be If you don't give liim and his family enough put upon his guard, let the duty be dis to eat, and drink, and wear, how can his mind charged in such a way as to convince him be free from those worldly anxieties which that he still retains the confidence of his must unavoidably interfere with the duties people, and has only to be more careful in of his sacred calling ? future.
Don't grudge him some fear ureks, four at
MAKE IM BETTER.
BY THE REV. DR. HUMPHREY.