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from the ordinavčes of God's love of God to his soul, had much house, causes me to stumble at a godly jealousy of himself lest be straw, and, in fact, makes me should ever dishonour the cause very unhappy. Grant me aid, of God, and offered up many O God, to pursue the means pre- prayers for grace to help him in scribed by my dear pastor for every time of need, while looking deliverance."
forward to the solemn scriptural Mr. Rowe clearly perceived it ordinance of believers' baptism, to be the duty of all believers in which he was so soon to regard ; Jesus Christ to profess their and, when the hour came, he was faith by submission to immersion blessed with composure and with in water, in the name of the Fa- much gratitude to God for anther, the Son, and the Holy swering his prayers. Ghost, for this he found to be It is not uncommon for pious baptism in the New Testament: young men, like the Samaritan but lie had much to encounter in the days of Christ, when they in his own mind, while his have believed themselves, to thoughts conversed with this wish, immediately, to invite their subject in relatiou to himself. fellow sinners to come to the His diary informs us, that, some Messiah ; and, if this arise from time after he had been the sub. sorrow of heart on account of ject of ardent desire to be united the unspeakably dreadful situato the church, he continued to tion of the ungodly, and from suffer violently from stavish fear, love to the Redeemer, the desire and that he saw many gladly tak- is good, while it cannot be de. ing up the cross and following nied, that every one is not posthe Lamb, while he, timid and sessed of gifts suited to the mifearful, shrank from suffering re- nistry of the gospel, in whose proach for his name. The idea heart it may arise. David affecof appearing before the church tionately desired to build a temto relate his experience was al- ple for God, but it was not promost agonizing, yet he loved God, per that he should effect it: it and much desired to be joined to was, however, good that it was his people—at last resolved to in his heart, and, in other and inform Mr. Saffery that it was more proper ways, he did what his wish to be haptized : with a he could toward the accomplishview to unite with the people of ment of the great work reserved his charge, be actually went to for Solomon his son. the door of his habitation, and Before he was baptized, Mr. there his courage failed, and he Rowe had thought of the miniscame away without having ful-try, and his diary most amply filled his former resolutions. At testifies that he had no vain idea length, he was fully determined of his suitability for a work of that, if he could not go without such awful responsibility, and these distressing fears, he would that he never wished to be so go with them all upon him; and employed but from a desire to Jie was enabled to effect so good benefit sinners and to glorify a purpose, and found it, as thou- Christ. sands besides have, much less About October, 1795, he indifficult than he had imagined. troduces this important subject, He was truly humbled on account and: his words are—“My mind of his sios, gratefully admired the has been of late much directed
to the ministry: methinks if the to study God's word more earblessed God should count 'me nestly." After a proper trial of worthy of so honourable an of his gifts, the church at Salisbury fice, I should think nothing too agreed to employ him, in condear to resign for Jesus.” And, nection - with some other brein another place, “I am almost thren, more regularly, as a village incessantly thinking about the preacher; and, at length, they ministry, and have spread the thought proper to give him, what matter before the Lord, entreat-he styles, a formal call to the ing, if it be not the workings of ministry; and to determine that þis Spirit, but the vain conceit he should, if it could be effected, of my corrupt heart, I may be go to the Academy at Bristol the deliveredfrom the error.” Many first vacation that occurred. In of his friends perceived his ta- prospect of this he was deeply lents, and connected as they interested, as his recorded prayer were with considerable piety and evinces : “ Preserve, O God! my humility, regarded it as a sacred soul,as a chaste virgin espoused duty to encourage his views to Christ; and, while my mind is toward the Christian ministry. likely, by these things, to reap Having communicated to his pas advantage, O! let not my heart tor the sentiments of his mind, grow cold.”
As the time apand the ardent desires of his proached when he was to enter heart relative to this great work, the seminary at Bristol, his resohe was encouraged to use the lution began to fail; and, if the means he could then command encouragement and pressing enfor the further improvement of treaties of his affectionate pastor his mind, and to seek direction had not produced, as he terms it, of God. The church of which a kind of involuntary consent, he he was
a member having re- would have relinquished the meaquested him to go into the vil. sure. He prepared for his jourlages in the neighbourhood of ney with many prayers, and en. Sarum, he ventured to make the tered the Academy January 15, attempt, to declare unto perish- 1799. In the new situation he ing sinners the unsearchable now occupied, considerable disriches of Christ. On Lord's-day, couragement was felt; which, June 10, 1798, he went to sel- however, was not, at least in the lerton ; on the evening of which same degree, permitted to conday he gratefully blessed God tinue. Under the peaceful shade for answering his prayers, and of the academic bower, we find records his goodness in having him happy in devotional exerenabled him to preach for three cises, encouraged in his useful quarters of an hour from Acts, studies, and cherishing pleasing iv. 12. This divine support and hopes of success. Here he learnt, encouragement had the best in- in a degree never before at fuence on his heart, as appears tained, the importance of a mind from the account he has left: “1 distinguished by penetration, and feel resolved to follow God more disposed to search after truth fully—to be diligent in the im- with the greatest diligence, from provement of my mind--to
which he became a laborious more earnestly for the sanctifica student, and earnestly prayed to tion of my heart-to be under God for success, while he des the instruction of heaven and scended, under such views, into
the valley of humility. Thus, in enough for another servant of him, knowledge produced her God. Dr. Ryland and Mr. (now proper fruits ! His was not the Dr.] Steadman, to whose advice áknowledge that puffeth up;" but my departed brother was always the“ charity that edifieth.' disposed to pay the most re
March 19, 1801, he was en spectful attentions, concurred gaged to go to Birmingham, to with Mr. Smith in wishing Mr. supply for some time the pulpit Rowe to go to Redruth. In the at Cannon-street. On the pre-mind of the young minister of ċeding day, he spent three or the gospel, this prospect raised four hours in reading the word many and distressing fears; but, of God, in meditation, and in although he had indulged other prayer, occasioned by the pros- desires, he did not refuse compect before him, desiring to pos- pliance with the wishes of his sess gifts equal to his appoint- friends, and engaged to visit the ment, and “ wishing to be no- west with earnest supplications thing, that God might be all.” that God would deliver him from In answer to his prayer, the Lord all evil, and many prayers for was pleased to assist him in his that“ ardour, that fortitude, that labours, and he gratefully re- simplicity, that unwearied exercorded it, with the great kind- tion, which would adorn his ness of the Christian friends at office.” Birmingham, which it is so much On March 16, 1802, we find their habit to manifest to the him at Redruth : at first he ministers of Christ. At this preached in the market-house; place, his stay was longer than and, at St. Day, about two miles he at first expected; and, before from Redruth, his sermons were it was concluded, he was some delivered in a barn. In both times not a little distressed, on places he was, at first, greatly account of his inability as a mi-encouraged, the congregations nister of the gospel. On one oc- were large and attentive, and the casion he writes thus : “O, if servant of God, now, was much my head were a fountain of tears, engaged in praying for the salI would weep day and night over vation of his hearers, and that my insufficiency for the mighty popular applause might never work of the ministry. Good satisfy him. At this period, he God! speedily ease me of my perused Brainerd's Life, and sorrow, break soon my heart or found in its every thing to hummy bondage-let me be released ble, and every thing to encouby death, or by faith.” At the rage." close, howeyer, of this engage- In May, 1802, he was much ment, the friends expressed real comforted by the arrival of Mr. friendship for him as a servant of Richard Scott, who had been a Christ; on which he writes, “ If fellow student at Bristol, and they knew me better, they would was designed to preach at Hellove me less."
stone, and with the hope of soon In February, 1802, he was re- seeing Mr. Samuel Saunders, anquested to visit Cornwalļ. Opie other brother, who had studied Smith, Esq. of Bath, intended to with him at Bristol, and who was attempt raising a Baptist church expected to labour at Penzance, in the town of Redruth, iņ which In August, in the same year, it field of labour there was room was determined to erect a house
for the worship of God, in the made necessary, and for wbich Baptist denomination, at Redruth, he was eminently qualified. On and four persons were baptized this occasion he expressed himand formed into a church: ten self in the manner of a holy man, thousand persons are calculated who expects all his happiness to have been present at the im- and success from the favour of mersion of these believers in the
God: “ There is nothing lost by Son of God. In 1803, the meet. trusting in God, and but little ing-house was finished, and Mr. gained by depending too much Rowe was ordained over the new.
on man : from the latter I have ly formed church at Redruth. been disappointed ; but the Lord Soon, however, he was visited by has been beyond my expectasevere affliction-a kind of
tions.” fever, which produced distressing In January, 1807, Mr. Rowe lassitude, attacked him, and, at was married to a pious and amione time, he anticipated death, able woman, with whom he enbut without any anxiety as to the joyed the greatest domestic felievent, saying, « Not my will, but city, and who survives to lament thine, O Lord, be done." It the loss of a very holy and affecpleased God to bless the means
tionate associate, and, alone, to ased, and the disease was greatly bring up a young family of four removed; but lie was soon to children.* As she fully deserves, experience another visitation of so, it is hoped, she will receive sickness, more severe than the all the affectionate attention and former had been, in which he generous kindness the numerous suffered much dejection of mind. friends of her departed husband
On January 2, 1804, we find can render; and the blessing of him preparing for a long journey the widow and the fatherless shall in quest of health: it was the come upon them who visit them will of God to bless this measure, with favour in their affliction. and his pious servant rejoiced For many months we find him, that his work, in the cause of after his marriage, going on his truth and holiness, was not yet way with affectionate solicitude finished, and in May he returned for the salvation of his hearers, home greatly improved in his and, with constant, earnest praystrength of body. This year his er, asking it of God, saying, congregation increased, and his “I had rather be an useful miusefulness was considerable.
pister than a splendid monarch." In June, 1805, he had trials Like most other experienced that deeply afflicted him; but servants of God, he had occasion God was gracious to him in com- to say of some, who, in affliction, municatingpowerful consolations. had promised to seek the Lord : Borrowing the words of pious "Your goodness is as a morning and faithful Mr. Bastian, of cloud, and as the early dew it Truro, his and my dear friend, goeth away.”. He informs us how he writes, “What God will, how much his mind had been pained God will, and when God will." iņ witnessing, in more than one
In July, le hired a house, with a view to receive
Subscriptions are received by the persons for the purpose of edu- Rev: Mr. Saffery, Salisbury; the Rev. T. cating them : thus engaging in and W. Gillman, Esq. at Ladbroke and
Griffin, King-street, Commercial-road; duties whịch his circumstances Co.'s, Bank-buildings, Cornhill.
case, the very little dependence, he thought it right to look forthat could be placed on resolu- ward to leaving this field of extions and convictions, while the ertion. hand of God was on a sinner- In June, 1813, he visited Weysick-bed repentance he regarded, mouth, and this induced his final from observation, as very doubt- removal from Cornwall. About ful.
the middle of October, in this In 1812, we learn that indis- year, he accompanied his family position of a serious nature came to their new place of residence, upon him, and he, subsequently, in Dorsetshire, where, soon after suffered much from nervous af- their arrival, Mrs. Rowe was atfections.
tacked by a fever, and his youngAbout the end of this year, est child was languishing under my brother, who is now where a consumption, which induced sorrow never invades, was greatly an affectionate and pious heart tried, and we will give the ac- to exclaim: “ In every place afcount in his own words:
flictions await me, but they come " Jan. 1, 1813. I left Cornwall from my heavenly Father. The for Liverpool, in the beginning of cup he sends, shall I not drink the last inonth, with an intention it!” to supply them for five sabbaths. In little more than six months When I left home, one of my after they had left Cornwall, little dear babes was seized with the Henry was removed by death, measles, and she was mercifully and the rest of his family were restored; but my dear Meta has visited by affliction : but, under fallen a victim to its rage, and all this, he enjoyed tolerable hapmy infant, Henry, is in most piness, because his ministry apalarming circumstances. Add to peared to be owned of God; and this, my dear wife, worn down the new interest at Weymouth by toil and anxiety, is now con- promised, under the gracious infined to her bed, and has been fluence of the divine Spirit, to in most distressing circumstances, increase. while I have been four hundred Mr. Rowe's health had, in the miles distant."
spring of 1814, considerably deHe endured with patient re- clined ; and, after July 24, he signation to the will of God, and was not able to preach for several said, “
May my heart be hum- months, which was the more to bled under the strokes of him be regretted, as his new meeting. who will not always chide." house was opened for divine
Early in this year, there ap- worship but a few days after the peared to Mr. Rowe some reason commencement of this interrupto think that his continuance at tion in his public labours. In Redruth would not be for a wuch November, a bilious complaint longer time. The writer of this began to afflict him, which, for very well knows how much his some time, assumed alarming friend was reluctant to leave a appearances, and reduced him to situation of promise, and how extreme weakness, so that death much he was ever willing to sa- was hourly expected to end his crifice, if the will of God ap- sorrows. Contrary, however, tó peared to be on the side of longer medical opinion, the languid sufsuffering : but, at this time, on a ferer revived, and hope was enreview of all his circumstances, tertained that he would advance