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A BRIEF MEMOIR
THE LATE REV. C. E. BAGOT,
OF CL/t R\, IN THE KING'S COUNTY, IRELAND.
Extracted from a Letter from a Minister at Dublin
My Dear Friend,
"Soon after my arrival here the second time, the Evangelical Society appointed me a tour into the west of this country, as far as Connaught. My visit lay within about six miles of Clara; and the Rev. Mr. W— having a desire that I should call and see a very dear friend, whom God had blessed his ministry to a few years past, I received a letter to her, and promised to call. After preaching at different towns on the road, I arrived at Clam, on Monday, May 11, 1801, about four o'clock, just as the ladv acid two clergymen were going out to dinner. 1 delivered the letter, and was led to think, from appearances, that my reception was very cool; but I was not acquainted with circumstances which afterwards accounted for this reception. One of the clergymen was Mr.Bagor, the curate of the parish, and Mrs- N.'ssou-in-law: he, witlrhis wife, her own daughter, had violently opposed her views of the gospel, since the Lord had changed her heart; and Mrs. Bagot often told her mother, that she would sooner turn Pagan than a Calvinist, &c. Dear Mrs. N. her mother, "being alone in the parish, and finding herself so much hurt in he* mind by the different branches of her family, had resolved to let her house, and come to Dublin for the sake of the gospel and peace; and she was about this when 1 came into the town. Mrs. Bagot, the clergyman's lady, had been brought to-bed that day tortnight, and was to receive this visit from her mother; and as I was a stranger, and hei visitor, the invitation was given to uae. I accompanied her and the two clergymen; and, as usual in the evening, wherever X went, preached in the towu. All
agreed to accompany me; and the lady lamented that her situation was such, as almost to render it impossible to go with us; for though she was at enmity with the doctrine of free grace, as she had heard many things about Evangelical Preachers, &c. she longed to hear if I had any thing to say. As we were about to leave the house, near half a mile from the town, she was so fixed on going, that no remonstrance of her friends could prevail on her to tarry at home, observing, she did not care how she went; and was sure if she was well wrapt lip, and put on a low car, she would not get cold. Her request was complied with, and we all went together. The Lord accompanied the word with a peculiar power; and from that time, never did I see any person so altered, and so desirous after truth. We returned home, and spent a delightful evening together. On the morrow the fair was to be kept in Clara. The curate now requested me to preach to the people, promising to collect the principal Protestant inhabitants of the parish to attend.:—very few in number to the Roman Catholics. I preached on a table, which he procured; and he accomplished his engagements. 1 preached, again in the evening to a good congregation. My stay was about, ten days among them ; but to relate every circumstance, would take up too much of my time and paper; I can only observe, that I established a prayermeeting before I left them, and engaged the curate himself tp superintend it; which he did with delight, though with the greatest diffidence I ever saw.
The prayer-meetings were regularly conducted, and much blessed; and he now preached boldly the glorious doctrine of Christ crucified; his congregation at church increased, and he appeared to be about ready to enter into the field of usefulness.. In July I paid them another visit; which the Lord also blessed. I found several praying people, who were once in a state of darkness. My stay now was much longer, and the work of the Lord appeared evidently to prosper. The different branches of this family in particular (five houses) met at each other's residence for prayer and praise ; and no one could conceive the inexpressible joy that the lately tried mother felt at what God had wrought. She frequently told me, that night after night she could not rest with the delight of soul.
Mr. Bagqt, yet more zealous for God, strove to preach, and, do more and mpre to spread the knowledge of Christ; and,
firevious to his illness, he had three regular prayer-meetings in lis parish every week: nor did some threats, as to reporting him to the bishop, &c. check him; but stimulated him rather to go forward. But, in the height of his prospects, the Lord ! saw it meet to disappoint the desire of his friends; and, in tea days illness, to take him to glory. I shall now give you the, particulars, as 1 have received them in. writing.
Sunday morning, the 21st of February, was tlie first time that lie found himself particularly unwell. Mrs. Bagot requested of him not to go to church:—he replied, that he would. not disappoint the people. He went through the service without feeling the least inconvenience from his indisposition; and preached with peculiar power from these words, " He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." Immediately after the service was over, he felt himself so ill, that he was scarcely able to get home. As soon as he got home he took to his bed, and lay in the room even with his parlour. He requested Mr. R; to hold the usual prayer-meeting; and the door being left open, though the perspiration flowed down his face, he joined with great delight in the worship.
Monday, he continued very ill. Mrs. B. sent for the familyphysician. He did not complain of pain; and, on Tuesday > the doctor thought him better. Both these days his mind was in a sweet and happy frame, praying and praising continually, and speaking of mercy and the mild chastisements of the Lord;
Wednesday morning, he lay for some time without speaking. Mrs. B. asked him if he found himself weak or unwell. He Answered," Oh, no! I am happy, inexpressibly happy! I never was happy before! I know that my sins are all pardoned. I am justified through the blood of Christ. Was 1 in a trance? I thought I saw Heaven ; — I am going there. Oh! if you knew the manifestations t have had of the love of God, you would not wish to keep me from glory!" Mrs. N. coming in, he repeated the same things to her, and much more. She told liim, she hoped he would be long spared with his friends. He answered, "Oh ! do not say so! .1 could not live after what tilings I have seen; but they cannot be uttered with human tongue." From this time his face became so bright with joy, it was surprizing to behold :—before, he had a sweet tranquil look; but now, a joy which no one can have an idea of, that did toot see him. When the doctor came, which was soon after, be said, that he saw no dangerous symptoms, and that he was not worse; of which, when he wns informed, he answered," Living or dying, the Lord's will be done; but don't flatter yourself, for it has been clearly manifested to me, that 1 am going to glory !" and then turning to Mrs.N. he said? " To live is Christ; but to die is gain!" Part of this night he seemed to be doubtful of his state, and feared all he had seen was a delusion, and that he was too great a sinner to be saved; but towards morning the cloud was removed, and he then said, " Heaviness may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Christ s blood c'.eanseth from all unrighteousness: it is all of free sov«xeigu. grace, — all of grace!" After which, he prayed for an increase of faith, to lav hold of all the precious promise* of th« gospel. * N3"