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principles, “ That for his part he would be one with every body that was one with Christ.” He had a son brought up to the ministry, and fixed in Chadkirk near Marple, where he exercised his ministry with good encouragement. ;
JONES, WILLIAM, was born in Merionethshire. After an advantageous education, he was settled at a school at Ruthin, from whence he removed io Denbigh, where he was chosen by ihe governor, colonel Twisleton, to be preacher in the castle, and about 1648 became minister of the parish. He took a journey to London, to confer with Mr. Baxter and others, before the Uniformity Act passed, and returned fully bent for the Nonconformity, to which he was most inclined before. When the Five Mile Act forced him from the town, he found a comfortable retreat in Plâs Tég in Flintshire, a seat belonging to the ancient family of the Trevors, where soine land was generously allowed him by Wr. Trevor, to the value of twenty pounds per annum. Having lived there for several years, he removed to Hope, where he died in a good old age, in Feb. 1679, and was there buried. Dr. Maurice, of Abergelly, a conformning minister, preached his funeral serinon, and gave him his due character. He also penned this inscription, which is on his grave stone: “ Hic exuvias reliquit mortales Gulielmus Jones, assiduus verbi divini præco., felici concionum fructu & pio exemplo adhuc loquitur.” He was a person of a sweet and pleasant countenance, of unquestionable learning, prudence, moderation, and piety, He suffered three months imprisonment for performing fac mily duty in a gentleman's house, after he was silenced, He could not think himself discharged from preaching, by the laws of men, and therefore continued his ministry in private as he had opportunity. Being solicited by his wife and relations to conform, on account of his family, he answered, “ God will provide. None of you will go with me to judgement." He had a good report of all men, and of the truth itself. He translated into Welsh Mr. Gouge's “ Word to Sinners and Saints,” and his « Prin. ciples of the Christian Religion.”
JONES, EDMUND. This venerable man lived ala' most a century, a faithful servant of God, and the peculiar. care of Heaven. He was born at Aberystwithi, in Non
mouthshire, April ), 1702, of poor but pious parents, who, knowing the worth of early instruction, endeavoured to bring him up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Their endeavours were not in vain ; for they had the pleasure of seeing their beloved child made a partaker of the grace of God, at an early period of his life. Having obtained mercy, he was desirous of publishing the glad tidings of salvation to others; and, about the twenty-second year of his age, he began topreach the Gospel to the poor inhabitants of his native mountains. His generous labours were crowned with success; and to this day a small church of Christ remains there, in fellowship with which he always considered himself, visiting it occasionally, so long as his strength would permit, for the purpose of preaching, and Christian communion. In July 1740, he settled in the neighbourhood of Pontipool, about eight miles from the place of his nativity, as the regular pastor of a dissenting congregation, collected together by his own ministry. The place of worship where they assembled he called Ebenezer, li. e. the stone of help, ) on account of some remarkable interpositions of Divine Providence, which firs: induced him to undertake, and afterwards enabled him to complete, the building. Here he continued to labour, like a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, till death put a period to his long and valuable life. Near to the meeting house stood the humble cottage in which he resided, situated at the foot of a lofty mountain, and entirely surrounded with woods. Here, secluded from the world, he passed his time in meditation and study, or in holy converse with his God : a privilege with which few persons were more eminently indulged. Diligently bent on the improvement of his mind, be made no inconsiderable advances in useful knowledge. There were few subject's which he had not considered with some degree of attention. With the history of the church, and such articles as were more immediately connected with the great work in which he was engaged, he had a large acquaintance. Though his circumstances were far from affluent, he had a considerable collection of books, which were not the mere furn niture of his library, but the constant companions of his retirement. There was scarcely one of them which he had not marked in the margin with his own hand, at the most striking passages. When his opinion of any particular book was asked, his answer indicated that he was perfectly ac
quainted quainted with its contents, Whoever called at his abole would be sure to find good Mr. Jones engaged, either with his book or with his God. Never was any man more highly favoured in a matrimonial connection than himself. Mrs. Jones was a woman of eminent piety, and possessed of strong intellectual powers. In the apostolic age, when poverty was no reproach, she would have been esteemed a Christian of the most exalted character. They were married when young, and their affection increased with their years
To her he was a kind husband; to him she was a prudem wife. They lived long together in conjugal affection, comforting and establishing each other in the ways of God, and mutually building themselves up in their most holy faith. What the good old man felt at the loss of such a wife, it is impossible for words to describe. Though she died about twenty years before hiin, he scarcely ever mentioned her name but tears involuntarily flowed from his eyes. When contemplating the joys of heaven, he frequently anticipated the pleasing interview with (as he con. tinued to call her) his“ dearly beloved spouse.”-“I would not,” said he, “ for half a heaven but find her there." The beauty of the marriage state was so conspicuous in this happy pair, and made so powerful an impression on the inind of the late Mr. Whitefield, when on a visit at their house, that he immediately determined upon changing his condition, and soon after paid his addresses to a lady in that neighbourhood ; but he had not the good fortune to find a Mrs. Jones in the object of his choice. To those who are acquainted with the depression to which ministers are subject upon the least appearance of being slighted or neglected by those for whose good they are continually la bouring, the following instance of her wisdoin and tender. ness in encouraging her dejected husband, will not be un. acceptable. It happened that a popular preacher, who occasionally visited that neighbourhood, preached at some little distance from Mr. Jones's meeting house on a Sunday afternoon. The people, without intimating their attention to Mr. Jones, had the curiosity to follow the stranger. He and his wife went, as usual, to the meeting ; and the time being elapsed, and no one attending, his mind was filled with a thousand fearful apprehensions. At length, with a heavy heart, he exclaimed, “ What shall I do?” the good woman replied, with cheerfulness, “It is clear what you
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should do. We are within the promise ; let us go on, and worship God." They then began, and regularly went through the service of the place, singing, praying, and preaching; and he declared he never enjoyed so much of God, in any public engagement, as he did then ; assigning, in his usual pleasant manner, this reason for it, “ because,” said he,“ my whole congregation prayed for me.” No character, eminent for religion, knew him, by whom he was not highly respected. Among his very intiinale friends must be reckoned that Mother in Israel, ihe late Countess of Huntingdon. Vith her he maintained a constant correspondence, and whenever she went into Wales, the good old Prophet (for such was the name he bore) spent some time with her at her College in Trevecka. His memory is still dear to many of the students of that seminary, who were witnesses of his undissembled seriousness. He generally preached once a day during his visit. Indeed, it was his grand object, wherever he came, to diffuse a savour of divine and eternal things. Whoever was favoured with his company, was always the better for it. He lived at the gates of heaven himself, and thither also he constantly endeavoured to bring all his friends. His manner of conversation with young persons was very affecting. How pleasing were the means he adopted to win their souls to God! Frequently, when walking in the garden or fields, would be stop and pluck a flower, descant upon its nature, apply it to the state of youth, “how beauteous! but how fading !" then point out the necessity of that divine grace, which alone can insure immortal beauty and eternal youth ; and thus strive to lead them
“ From nature up to nature's God."
Sometimes he would weep over the depravity of mankind, and use the most powerful methods to awaken the mind to a sense of everlasting things. So tender, so engaging was his conversation with his young friends, that he was always beloved and admired by them. Indeed, his whole deportment was so graceful and so pious, that he ex'emplified, wherever he came, the beauty of holiness. He never visited a family but his stay was very short, if he had not an opportunity afforded him of doing something for God. “ It is time for me to be gone,” he would say,
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“ I can do no good here; and why should I stop when I cannot do good?” At the houses of his friends he expounded the Scriptures every morning and evening; and, where circumstances would permit, he was very fond, of, what he called, sanctifying our food by the word of God and prayer; that is, by expounding for half an hour after dinner, and concluding with brief and earnest supplication. So devoted was he to God, that nothing was congenial to his mind but holy things. He was not only a wise in. structor, but a powerful intercessor. Many experienced the benefit of his prayers. “ As a prince, he had power with God and with man, and prevailed.” A young minister, who had engaged to preach at his meeting, called at his house the preceding night, and found him sitting at his firea side in deep meditation. As soon as Mr. Jones saw him, he said, “ you are to preach at our meeting to-morrow; and I have been intreating God, with weeping and supplication, for a blessing upon your labours.". The ininister looking down on the floor, where he had been kneeling, perceived ihat it was wet with tears; and the unusual liberty and comfort he felt in preaching, the next day, convinced him, " that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous, man avail. eih much.” One night his sleep was interrupted by some painful apprehensions respecting the safety of a neighbouring minister, which caused hiin to leave his bed and betake himself to prayer, Having wrestled much in his bebalf, he returned to his bed. He soon wrote an account of this to the minister's wife, her husband being then on a journey. The letter being shown him, upon his return, he confessed that at that very time he was in great danger, from which he was providentially and unexpectedly delivered. Uno hackneyed in the ways of men, he never made gain of godliness. He felt something of the spirit of the surprizing Luther, who, when a considerable present in money was sent him, together with the offer of a Cardinal's hat, if he would desist from the work of the Reformation, rejected them with disdain, saying, “ No, my God, I am not to be put off with such trash as these.” The soul of Mr. Jones was too heavenly to be satisfied with a portion in this life. His regular income seldom, if ever, exceeded ten pounds per annum. His distant friends, together with a few kind neighbours, contributed occasionally towards his support. But, from a source so precarious, it is not to be