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The Rev. W. W. Duke testifies : “ He was one of the best men, with the least show of goodness, I ever knew. He stood by Methodism when it cost a man something to do so. Ministers found at his house a Christian home and genuine hospitality. He was a true friend, and a wise Christian adviser. I have rarely, if ever, known a man more to be respected, trusted and loved.”
Close by the pew where Mr. Stables used to sit in the chapel, a mural tablet has been erected with the following inscription :
“In memory of Samuel STABLES, who for upwards of half a century was a consistent member of the Wesleyan-Methodist Society in this village. He closed a useful and holy life by a peaceful and happy death on the 9th day of April, 1875, aged seventy-two years.
“ As a tribute of esteem and love this tablet was erected by friends resident in this neighbourhood.”
CONCLUDING PAPER. MR. MACLEOD was too effective a tains drawn, gas lighted and appapreacher and too successful in parish ratus for making coffee close at work to be allowed to remain long hand, he enjoyed the cosiness and in the comparative obscurity of quiet of his study, and thought the Dalkeith. In 1851 he became min- sounds from the wakening city and ister of the Barony Church, Glas- the clash of a thousand hammers gow. In the same year he was on the boilers of steamers destined married to the sister of his beloved for the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans friend John Mackintosh, of Geddes. more inspiring music than the songs The first house he occupied in Glas- of larks or the bleating of sheep. gow was so situated that from the In the employments of those early front he could look on the crowded hours he often found an impulse to masts that rose above the bridges greater earnestness in his ministerial and the piers of the Clyde, and
on calling : “How my morning readthe
green declivities of the Cathkin ings in Jonathan Edwards' make Hills; while “from the back win- me long for a revival ! It would dows there was a glorious view of be worth a hundred dead General the familiar steeps of Campsie Fell.
Assemblies if we had any meeting The glow of sunrise or of sunset on of believing ministers or people to these steeps was such a delight to cry to God for a revival. This, and him that often when he had guests this alone, is what we want. Death he made them follow him up stairs reigns! God has His witnesses to share his own enjoyment of the everywhere, no doubt; but as scene.” It was his custom to rise whole we are skin and bone. When early in the morning, so as to ensure I picture to myself a living people, some hours for reading and writing with love in their looks and words, before engaging in the more active --calm, zealous, self-sacrificing, -duties of his pastorate.
seeking God's glory and having in Glasgow their citizenship in heaven, I have commenced work in Barnhill it might make me labour and die Poor-house; visited in twenty-two for such a consummation!”
days about two hundred and twentyFrom the day of his induction to two families; have organized a conthe Baro ny Church, Mr. Macleod | gregational class of one hundred was recognised as one of the fore- and ten, from eight to fourteen most ministers of the city, and years of age.” every pew and passage in the
In October, 1854, Mr. Macleod church were crowded with eager preached for the first time before listeners. His sermons were not the Royal Family in Crathie like icebergs with prismatic glories Church. He “preached with inon their cliffs and pinnacles, gorge- tense comfort, and by God's help ous yet cold, but were characterised felt how sublime a thing it was to by subdued splendour and glow of be His ambassador.” In the evensacred feeling. The line of thought ing he was seated on a block of was distinctively evangelical, the granite in the midst of lovely language was simple, but not with scenery, and quietly meditating on out beautiful touches of poetic the goodness of God, when he was colour, and the delivery betokened aroused by some one asking if he a heart full of tender sensibilities were theclergyman who had preached and intent on the glory of Christ in that morning. Almost immediately the salvation of men. But Mr. he found himself in the presence of Macleod was far from thinking that the Queen and the Prince Consort. when he left the pulpit his work Her Majesty came forward and, in was done. His parish was wide and a kindly, graceful manner, said, populous, and he devised a number “ We wish to thank you for your of schemes for the benefit of its sermon;" and then inquired about neglected districts. Systematic visi- his father and his own parish. Her
was carried on by himself Majesty has given a pleasing record and his people, schools were multi- of the service in her “ Journal," plied and mission churches were speaking of the sermon as “quite built. The work of one year is thus admirable : so simple, and yet so summarized: “I have preached eloquent, and so beautifully argued about one hundred and forty times, and put;” and of the second prayer seven of them for public collections, as being very touching in its refermany for chapels. I have addressed
ence to the Royal children, and about thirteen meetings for Mis- " the dying, the wounded, the widow, sions and other useful objects; held and the orphans.” After that visit seven Mission meetings in my own Mr. Macleod was frequently at Balchurch; published a sermon and moral, and was specially summoned edited magazine. Organized (1) to meet Her Majesty there at the schemes, (2) industrial aid, (3) time when the shadow of her great female aid, (4) endowment, (5) sorrow was so dark. Writing from education committees in congre
Balmoral to Mrs. Macleod, he says, gation; opened refreshment-rooms "You will return thanks with me for working-classes ; opened three to our Father in heaven for His chapels with three missionaries
; mercy and goodness in having suggested and helped to carry out hitherto most surely guided me a proposal for two new churches, during this time, which I felt to be for which £10,000 is now collected ; a most solemn and important era in about to build three new schools; my life. All has passed well—that
is to say, God enabled me to speak Christ before! I believe this to be in private and in public to the as impossible by my own resolving Queen in such a way as seemed to as that I could become a Shakeme to be truth-the truth in God's speare, a Newton, a Milton; yet if sight : that which I believed she God calls me to this, God can so needed, though I felt it would be enable me to realise it that He shall very trying to her spirit to receive be pleased with me. But will I it. And what fills me with deepest really strive after it ? thanksgiving is that she has re- Father! see, hear and help Thy ceived it, and written to me such a weak and perishing child i For kind, tender letter of thanks for it, Christ's sake, put strength in me; which shall be treasured in my heart fulfil in me the good pleasure of whilst I live.”
Thy will. Lord, pity me and have He received the diploma of D.D. mercy on me, that I may famish from the University of Glasgow in and thirst for Thee and perfect 1858, but was rather saddened than holiness!" elated by this honour, for he felt The holy feelings which Dr. Macthat it stamped him with old age, leod cultivated in the retirement of and was a sign that he had but a the study urged him to more strenshort time to work; and his prayer uous efforts for the evangelization to God was that he might be able of the lapsed classes in his parish; to brace every nerve of his soul in and in thinking how he could benefit endeavouring to glorify Him while them he decided among other things on earth. Notwithstanding his on holding services, on the Sunday various activities, and the conspicu- evening, to which none were to be ous place he held before the public, admitted but such as were in their he was always mindful of personal working clothes. The first winter piety. It is true his humour, his the services were held in the Marfreedom in some doubtful matters, tyrs' Church, but afterwards in the his occasional departures from the Barony. Dr. Macleod's brother strict lines of Scottish orthodoxy,
says : “It may be safely asserted were not altogether favourable to that this work gave him more interest his reputation for godliness; but than
any other he ever undertook ; those parts of his journal in which and that he never addressed any auhis inner life is unfolded show that dience with greater effect than that he was not without experimental which he gathered from the streets knowledge of the spiritual vitalities and lanes of the city. The pews of Christianity. Perfect holiness were filled with men in their fustian was one of the things he aimed at jackets, and with poor women bareand prayed for : “ Is it possible that headed, or with an old shawl drawn I shall habitually possess myself, over the head, and dressed most of and exercise holy watchfulness over them in short gown and petticoat. my words and temper, so that in Unkempt heads, faces begrimed private and public I shall live as a with labour, and mothers with inman who truly realises God's con- fants in their arms, gave a strange stant presence—who is one with character to the scene.
The police Christ, and therefore lives among sometimes reported that several men and acts towards them with well-known thieves were present. His mind and spirit ?-1, meek, But, however large and various the humble, loving, ever by my life audience might be, he seemed to drawing men to Christ-self behind, hold the key to every heart and conscience; and so riveted was the closes of the city into the comeliattention he secured, that not un- ness of Christian discipleship. Nor frequently an involuntary exclama
were they unmindful of their intion of surprise or sympathy would debtedness to his labours, for in an pass from lip to lip over the address they presented to him they crowd.”
said : “ Not content with bringing His precentor at the services was us, as it were to the entrance of the a blind man; and bending over the Saviour's Church, and leaving us to pulpit Dr. Macleod used to say, go in or return as we pleased, you 5. You'll rise now Peter and begin,' have led us into the great congreand then Peter with the Psalms in gation of His saints on earth, and raised type before him, traced the have invited us to take our places lines with his fingers, giving out among our fellow-believers at the only two at a time, so that those Lord's table, so that we might enjoy who were without books might be similar privileges with them. Those able to join in the singing. When a of us who have accepted this invichurch was built for working men tation, have nothing of this world's a carter officiated as beadle. Dr. goods to offer you in return, but we Macleod wished him to stand at shall retain a life-long gratitude for the door in his working clothes, but your kindness —a gratitude which thought he might not like to do so shall be continued when we shall and said,.“ If you don't like to do meet in that eternal world which lies it, Tom, if you are ashamed" beyond the grave." 6. Ashamed !” was the quick reply, In 1864, Dr. Macleod visited the “ I'm mair ashamed o' yersel, Sir. | Holy Land. He has given a graphic Div'ye think that I believe, as ye ken description of the scenes and circumI do, that Jesus Christ, Who died stances of his visit in the book entifor me, was stripped o' His raiment tled "Eastward;” but in his private on the cross, and that I–Na, na, letters we have a fuller account of his I'm prood tae stan' at the door.” feelings of reverence and delight as When Tom was dying of an infectious he passed through the valleys and disease his friends asked him if they over the hills on which “ the glory should inform Dr. Macleod, but he and the consecration of the Sasaid, “There's nae man leevin' I viour's presence had fallen. One like as I do him. I know he wad night when the stars were shining
But he shouldna come on with variegated splendour, and the account of his wife and bairns, and large bright moon was pouring silvery so ye maun na' tell him.”
lustre on the foliage of the sycamores The special services were produc- and palms, he left his companions tive of great good; hundreds were in their tents, and went to a ridge reclaimed from vice, and many were
of hills from which he saw a village converted and became members of on the opposite side of the valley. the church. Dr. Macleod's joy was Writing to his sister, he said : almost unbounded when he saw a number of them seated at the Lord's
“You can understand my feelings bet
ter than I can describe them, when I tell table. He might well be thankful
you that the village was Nazareth. And to God, for no higher honour could
you can sympathize with me when I have come upon him than to have say to you, that, after gazing awhile been instrumental in hewing the
in almost breathless silence, and think
ing of Him Who had there lived, and rugged forms of humanity gath
laboured and preached ; and seeing in ered from the foulest wynds and the moonlight near me the well of the
city to which He and Mary had often
of great and varied interest. His come, and, farther off, the white preci.
conversations with the widow of the pice over which they had threatened to cast Him; and then tracing in my
Marquis of Hastings, in Loudoun, mind the histories connected with other had deepened his impression of the marvellous scenes in His life, until 'Jesus grand features of its scenery, and of Nazareth King of the Jews' died at
the stirring incidents of its history; Jerusalem, and all the inexpressibly glo
and he had a thorough acquaintance rious results since that day which has made the name of this place identical
with those achievements of war and with the glory of the world ; and when I statesmanship by which it had been thought of all that I and others dear to
brought into subjection to British me have received from Him, and from all He was and did, you will not wonder
authority. Its scenes of shame and that I knelt down and poured out my
glory were accurately portrayed on soul to God in praise and prayer. And his mind; and while he mourned in that prayer there mingled the events
over the error and wretchedness of of my past life, and all my friends whom I loved to mention by name, and my
its people, he had confidence in the dear father, and the old Highlands, the Gospel of Christ, as being able to state of the Church and of the world, until draw them from their gorgeous yet I felt Christ so real, that had He appeared debasing idolatries, and to raise them and spoken it would not have seemed
to the dignity and magnificence of strange.
"a royal priesthood," rejoicing in Soon after his return from Pales- the service of the Lord. There tine Dr. Macleod was appointed to was scarcely any sacrifice he was not the Convenership of the India Mis- | prepared to make in the evangelision of the Scotch Church. Refer- zation of India, and though his ring to the appointment he says: health seemed scarcely equal to the “I have accepted of this without fatigue of long travel and the debildoubt, though not without solemn itating influence of the hot climate, and prayerful consideration for I he set sail for Bombay in 1867, have tried, at least for the last accompanied by Dr. Watson of twenty-five years, to accept of what Dundee, to promote the objects of ever work is offered to me in God's the Mission: providence. I have, rightly or
“ I shall not attempt,” says Dr. Watwrongly, always believed that a man's
son, “to describe the interest which was work is given to him—that it need
felt amongst all classes in India in the not so much be sought as accepted- speeches and sermons of Dr. Macleod. that it is floated to one's feet like the
The visit of a man of much less note infant Moses to Pharaoh's daughter.
would have attracted some attention, and
would have brought together a very large Mission work has been a possession proportion of the English-speaking popuof my spirit ever since I became a lation in every city which was visited. minister; I feel that God has long Moreover, the novelty of the visit, the been educating me for it. I go
first of its kind from Scotland, was suffi.
cient to awaken the sympathies of Christforth tolerably well informed as
ians, and to excite curiosity, if not a to facts, and loving the work it- deeper feeling, amongst all the races and self, with heart, soul and strength; religions of India. His name had gone I accept it from God, and have per
before him in every province. No efforts
had been used to draw the notice of the fect confidence in the power and world to his visit; the ordinary publicagrace of God to give us the men and tion of a list of passengers by the next the money. Thank God for calling steamer, confirming a rumour that Dr. me in my advanced years to so glo
Macleod was on his way to India, was of rious and blessed a work.”
itself enough. His arrival was looked
forward to with eagerness, and soon after India had long been to him a land his landing, invitations and inquiries