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OF RHOSMARKET, IN THE COUNTY OF PEMBROKE.
Mr. ARNOLD Davies was born quished this employment in favour in the parish of Hays-Castle, in of another, more congenial with his the county of Pembroke, in the studious inclination. He opened a year 1772. His parents being in school at Spittal, near Haverfordhumble circumstances, and losing west, where he continued only one his father in his infancy, Mr. D. did year. His removal was occasioned not enjoy the advantage of a regu- by the kindness of a worthy clergy. lar education. At an early age he man, who recommended him, as a was therefore devoted to the la- religious school-master, to the Rev. bours of husbandry; and while Mr. Williams of Begelly. This thus engaged, appeared remarkably was done in such a manner as to thoughtful and serious ; so that he give no mean idea of his worth ; was united in society with the Cal- his friend having added, in the vinistic Methodists at Woodstock words of Paul to Philemon, “If when only 18. He was generally thou count me therefore a partner, observed to have some book with receive him as myself.” Under the him, and to be engaged in reading patronage of this zealous servant of at every convenient season. His Christ, he opened a school at Temattention was peculiarly devoted to pleton; which, being not far from the holy Scriptures ; for which he Begelly, gave rise to an intimate had a good opportunity where he acquaintance with Mr. Williams, resided, for some time, in the capa- whose ministry he regularly attenda city of a shepherd. Here he made ed. This gentleman being well sa. himself a hut in the fields, with tisfied with his piety, and finding such arrangements as were suited him not only possessed of consi to the turn of his mind:-and thus, derable acquaintance with divine by persevering industry, he ac- things, but of ability to instruct quired, with but little assistance, others, encouraged him to give a the different branches of common word of exhortation at the prayer: learning.
meetings that were held in his In his 22d year Mr. D. relins parish. Thus the Lord seemed to XXIV.
prepare him for those scenes of by the concurrence of his brethren, usefulness through which he was at Manasbeer-Newton, in the year afterwards to pass.
1802, that he might regularly disMr. D. soon found the confine, charge the whole work of the mi. ment of a school injurious to his nistry wherever he should be called health; and his frequent indisposi- to it. tion appears to have been, in some In the same year Mr. Davies vi. measure, the effect of it. While in sited the district of Gower, in Gla. this state, his mind was much im- morganshire ; and under the direcpressed with the value of immortal tion of the Rev. Mr. Davies, of souls, and the honour of being in- Swansea, preached in many differ. strumental in their salvation. The ent places, - excited much atten. more he thought on the subject, tion, --- and was the means of pro. the more it appeared in the light of ducing some good effect; but it a reasonable service, in which he was chiefly at Manasbeer-Newton, ought to engage. He therefore and the neighbourliood, that his solemnly dedicated himself to the ministry was evidently owned of Lord ; purposing that, if restored God. Here a small church was to health, his future life should be formed, which afterwards assem. spent in calling sinners to repent- bled at Lampliey, and now in the
town of Pembroke, under the pas. With this view he formed a con- toral care of the Rev. Thomas Har. nexion with the late Mr. Morgan, rieš. — Respecting Mr. D. this gen. of Henllan, and the Fev. Mr. tleman observes, 5“ His ministry. Jones, of Trelech, under whose die was blessed to many, some of rection he went out as an itinerant. whom have quitted this vale of These worthy ministers, feeling for tears; and have, no doubt, hailed, the English parts of Pembroken with unutterable joy, the instruc shire, had made fréquent excür- ment of their conversion on his sions, and were the means of form- arrival in glory." His occasional ing churches in different places. labours in Tenby, for the space of In this work Mr. D. was found a four years, were not without effect; useful auxiliary. There were, per- and have been respectfully noticed haps, few better qualified to intro- by some strangers who visited that duce the gospel into dark places. watering-place. One of these writes His firmness was such, that no op- in the following manner: - “I position could intimidate, his na- trust, my visit into Wales was not tural disposition calculated to en- in vain. I look back with great rage others in his favour,--and his pleasure to some happy seasons I easy simple way of conversing with was favoured with, particularly the the common people, such as at once Sabbath I was permitted to sit to please and instruct. So inde- down with the good people at the fatigable was he in his work, that Lord's Table." - Another says, there was scarcely a village in “The little Meeting at St. Florence, those parts of the country to which and the last evening we spent tohis labours did not extend. He gether, when Mr. Davies prayed was, therefore, as “ A voice crying with and for us before we sailed in the wilderness." And it may for Bristol, I shall ever remember. be justly said, that, in patience, I believe I may date the first dawn. in perseverance, -- and in an huin- ing of the knowledge of my lost ble dependence on the Divine pre- estate by nature, and the joyful sence and blessing, there was a views of grace and truth by Jesús striking resemblance between him Christ, from the preaching in that and the holy Mr. Brainerd. With Bethel.” With the correspondence such qualifications he was set apart, and kind attention of these respect
MEMOIR OF THE LATE REV. ARNOLD DAVIES. 291 able friends, Mr. D. was honoured the English are, in general, fond of to the day of his death. A pious plain, experimental, and practical lady from the metropolis appears to discourses; while too many of my have been also edified by his minis- countrymen are fond of something try while at Tenby; and not only noisy, doubtful, and mysterious. presented him with a handsome To obtain their approbation, a mi. copy of Henry's Commentary, but nister might possibly feel himself afforded him much assistance in under a temptation to preach in various ways.
that manner; but we are not to His itinerant course, however, please men by offending God; — was nearly finished before his ordi- we must not charm their ears, and nation; for in the year 1803, he ac- gratify their passions at the excepted a call from the Independent pence of their present peace and church at Rhosmarket, over which final salvation. It is not the pleahe was immediately settled ; and sing of men's fancies, but bringing was soon after united to Miss Mary them to deny themselves and sin, Hurlow, of Market-Gate, in the so as to live unto God, that is the parish of Jefferson. By her he was grand end of the gospel ministry, blessed · with two children, who Perhaps, in the midst of so much both survive him, being leit with a respect from my superiors, it is disconsolate widow to feel the loss needful for me to experience a litthey have sustained. .
tle coolness from others; yet I While incessantly seeking the trust the Lord will bless my plain best interests of his flock, Mr. D. and honest endeavours; and that continued his excursions in different he will not permit ine to quit Lonparts of the country; and occasion- don without some evidence of it.” ally visited his friends in Glamor- The ministry of Mr. D. among ganshire. In the year 1811, he his own people, though productive was called to London, as a supply of no sudden or very remarkable at Guildford Street Chapel, South- effect, was nevertheless a blessing wark. Here he continued about to many. Like the gentle rain five months; during which time he which falls unheeded, yet fructifies neglected no opportunity of doing and refreshes the ground, it has good, or of seeking his own im- produced a pleasing alteration in provement. His journals abound the moral aspect of things in that with the heads of discourses which neighbourhood. The Christian spihe heard, and such remarks as rit he exemplified, the unblameevince a sagacious and inquisitive able conversation he maintained, mind, united with a solid judg- have had the most salutary inment and correct taste. In what- fluence on the people in general. ever manner his ministry might “ Even those who despised all proþave been received at the Borough, fession of religion, allowed him to it appears, from the account he has be a good man ;' and consequently left of the sermons delivered there, they must have thought well of that he never occupied their time in those principles upon which he a trilling manner; but endeavoured acted, so far as they knew them. to edify his audience with truths Under many difficulties, arising of the greatest importance. He from narrow circumstances and doubtless enjoyed the esteem, there- continued illness, he discovered exfore, of the wise and good, if he emplary patience and resignation, did not secure the applause of the united with a firm reliance on the multitude. On this subject the divine goodness. In this frame of following passages are transcribed mind he would frequently express from his own papers :-“ It is ra- himself in the language of Job: ther singular, but very true, that “ Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.” He had no regular through the waters, he obtained salary; and as the small sum he consolation, and a good hope received from a congregation, con- through divine grace. sisting mostly of poor people, sel. On the following Sabbath he dom exceeded £ 10. a year, his fa- found himself considerably free mily chiefly depended on the pro- from pain, and unusually happy fits arising from a small farm, taken in mind. He felt a strong desire at a dear rate. Being called, while to preach, had not bodily weakdeeply afflicted in body, to suffer ness rendered that impossible. “I many losses in cattle and other pro- would sound aloud in their ears," perty, he would say to Mrs. Da- said he, “ the glories of Christ; vies, “ These things were given us and tell them of his power to save from above to possess for a season. to the uttermost.” Several friends Let us not murmur, perhaps the being come to see him, he exhort, Lord may make up our losses; but ed those who had talents, to use for ny part I shall not be long them for God. The young he enhere; I shall soon remove to a bet- treated to seek the Lord betimes, ter inheritance; and then farewell and devote their early days to his to all these pains and sorrows!” service. On being told that more
His last sickness was occasioned people were desirous of seeing him, by a scrofulous disorder, which he said “Let them come in; per, brought him rapidly to the grave. haps something may fall from my About a month before his death, dying lips that will do them good he seemed to apprehend that the when I am in a world of spirits: time of his departure was at hand. and though my feeble frame should Under this impression he manifest- be hurt by exertion, I had rather ed some distress of mind in the wear out than rust out.” An inti. prospect of another world ; and mate friend observing him in tears, while Mrs. D. was preparing some enquired if he felt much pain. medicine for him, said to her, in a " No, no," said he," these are very impressive manner, “My tears of joy. The greatest pain I dear, I have a soul as well as a have felt was occasioned by a dark body !" . And while she endeavour- cloud, which came between me and ed to administer some consolation, my God: but, blessed be his name! by reminding him 'of the promises the Sun of Righteousness has risen of God, and of his ability and wil- again; and this has been a precious lingness to help his people, -he re- Sabbath morning to me,---far more pled, that he knew the promises to so than I am able to express! This be sure and certain, but was unable is a foretaste of that Sabbath I hope to lay hold of them,-his hand was to enjoy in the kingdom of my dear withered. For some time he ap- Redeemer.” Then desiring a friend peared to struggle hard with the to read a' passage of Scripture to enemy, but was much in prayer; which he had alluded, he began to when he would often repeat these enlarge on it with singular energy appropriate lines: _
and pathos, until all present were
bathed in tears. Being evidently " In the world of endless ruin
exhausted, he was desired not to Let it never, Lord, be said, Here's a soul that perish'd, suing
speak so much; when he replied, | For the boasted Saviour's aid? “ This is probably the last Sab
bath I shall spend with you; and And from that view of the divine I am willing to hope, that what I faithfulness they are calculated to now say will have more effect than promote, together with the Lord's many' a sermon in times past.”-In gracious promise to be with those this happy state of mind he spent who love him when they pass the whole day, and in the course