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of Cincinnati, and upon an uncle of very ference about the same period. His first considerable and varied learning, who was circuit was West Wheeling. The second for years in public life, either on the judi- year he was stationed in the city of Pittscial bench or in the state senate of Ohio, burgh, under the charge of the Rev. T. M. and who was also an active member and Hudson. The third year, the station bea devoted friend of the Methodist Church. ing divided, he was placed in charge of His intellectual training commenced very Liberty-street Church in that city. The early, and he gave evidences of that pre- fourth year he was appointed to Mononcocity of mind which has characterized, gahela city. He was ordained deacon by more or less, most men of extraordinary Bishop Roberts in Pittsburgh, in 1835, powers. True mental greatness must be and elder in Steubenville, Ohio, in 1837, inherent; it is therefore, in its essential by the same bishop. attributes, original with the man, and can At the close of the fourth year he be discerned more or less under any dis- accepted the professorship of Natural advantages or obscurations of his youth; Science and the Vice Presidency in Alits peril is the physical precocity and cor- leghany College, where he remained ten respondent physical decay which usually years, and in 1839 was elected President accompany it. If this can be averted by of the Indiana Asbury University, which a suitable physical education, no evil will became, under his auspices, one of the be likely to ensue; the mind can never strongest literary institutions of Amerifail through its own activity, however can Methodism. Here he remained until early or however continuous that activity elected editor of the Western Christian may be; the physical stamina alone can Advocate in 1848. Shortly after his elecsuffer under it, and thereby disable the tion, he was tendered, by the faculty of mental activity. Dr. Simpson's western Dickinson College, the presidency of that life and hardy habits saved him from this institution, but would not accept it. The dangerous liability. While early and as- presidency of the Wesleyan University siduous in study, he also laid the founda was subsequently offered him. Dr. Simption of permanent and strenuous health. son received the title of A. M. from Dr. In addition to the ordinary branches, at Ruter at the Alleghany College in 1835, eight years of age he began the study of and that of D. D. from the Wesleyan Unithe German language, and read the Ger- versity in 1843. He was a delegate to man Bible through in the following year. the General Conference in 1844 and 1848.
When about twelve years old he com In the latter he had occasion to show his menced the study of Latin and Greek, devotion to, and mastery in the business first privately, and then at an academy in of the Church. In conjunction with the his native town. To these languages he Rev. J. C. Collins, he projected the Caliadded the study of French, and an exten fornia Conference-a measure then much sive mathematical course. When between questioned, but now found to be full of seventeen and eighteen years of age he wisdom. became a student in Madison College, then As president of a college, Dr. Simpson superintended by Drs. Bascom, Elliott and was unusually successful; he sent out Fielding, and received the appointment many of the most promising young men of tutor. During his stay in this institu- of education in the West. He retired tion he pursued the study of Hebrew, from this useful sphere of labor, and acwhich he had previously commenced. cepted the editoral chair for the sake of
In 1829 he united with the Methodist a new mode of activity as a new means Episcopal Church, and immediately en of self-development and usefulness. The gaged in active religious duties as a Sab- Western Christian Advocate quickly showbath-school teacher, and shortly afterwarded his vigorous hand. It took a decided as a class-leader. His health suffering, stand on some of the most important pubnotwithstanding his care and good consti- lic questions of the day. It incurred the tution, he turned his attention to the study animadversion of the secular press for its of medicine, and having completed the attention to the moral bearings of political usual course, was licensed as a physician | movements and measures, but vindicated in 1833. But feeling it to be his duty to itself always with a resistless logic and preach, he was licensed as a local preach- vigor. The action of Congress on slavery er, and recommended to the annual con received special attention from Dr. Simp
son, and his articles on that vexed subject is rather slight in form, but evidently lithe did much to produce the state of opinion and strenuous; his mien is not commandrespecting it which now prevails through ing; he stoops a little ; his facial contour out the West, not only in the Methodist is a sharp, small triangle ; his forehead is conferences, but in the community at a cap-ital refutation of phrenology. In large. There was as much courage as fine, the doctor is one of those characters ability displayed in his discussions of the whom all men of unfortunate faces glory subject.
in as living vindications of their whole We are not aware that Bishop Simpson class, for he is unquestionably a man of has given to the public any other products decided intellectual strength. He has deof his pen than his editorials. His talents livered sermons and speeches in Boston are evidently those of the preacher and which have excited no little interest." He the practical workman. His style, as a was very popular, it is said, among the writer, shows no extraordinary traits; his farmers in the far west during his presipower with the pen is purely that of strong dential days — nearly as much for his sense and clear decisive logic. He has or uncouth clothes, as for his not probably practiced much the art of powerful talents. In his peregrinations “composing," with a view to the elegan- through the country they focked to hear cies or effectiveness of styleattributes him with enthusiasm, and delighted to rewhich, though but secondary to such in- cognize him as “one of themselves.” tellectual vigor as his, are nevertheless The superiority of Bishop Simpson is indispensable to any extended and per- of that intrinsic character which marks a manent literary success. Methodism is great man in anything that he undertakes. so practical, so exigent in all its tenden- He is generally very effective in the pulcies, that it hardly allows any of its sons pit—sometimes transcendently so ; and he to seek the kind of culture which secures is so in spite of some very obvious deinfluence and sway to the pen. The times fects. His voice is not good, and it usuare changing with it, however, in this re- ally assumes a shrill monotone, (the result, spect, and there are indications that before apparently, of too high a pitch,) which many years it will take a leading place would be pronounced, by any critic in orain the rapidly developing literature of the tory, utterly incompatible with true elocountry.
quence; yet is he eloquent in defiance of Dr. Simpson's face is expressive of calm the critics. The monotonous, declamatory decision, of persistent energy and discrim- tone, so common in the pulpits of Methodinating sagacity. He looks as if he ought | ism, and one or two other of the most to be a capital business man, a shrewd zealous denominations of this country, is and safe manager, and a first-rate pre- | the greatest detraction from their othersiding officer. A writer in one of the wise powerful ministrations. It would be Church papers thus rudely drew him, in laughed down, without ceremony, in the charcoal, during the session of the Boston legislature, or any other assembly than General Conference, some days before the Church. Its mischief is, that it is his election to the Episcopacy :-“He is unnatural—a bad habit ; and on that very editor of the Western Christian Advo account usually an inexorable one. “Accate, and sits a few pews in the rear of tion,” said Demosthenes, “ is eloquence ;" his confrere of New-York. The doctor, but the “ action " of the voice—its natural like our humble self, may very appropri- modulations—must be included. Once get ately thank Dr. Watts for that sublime on a high declamatory monotone, and you stanza,
lose the possibility of right, variable mod
ulations. A public speaker should be as The mind's the standard of the man,' &c.
natural as in conversation—the vocal man“ There are a great many fond tempta ner in which he would address a small tions playing about our editorial heart to group of friends around him, extended in 'puff' him, but we must give in' re force or loudness enough to be heard by a specting his face and head ; he must con- large group, that is by a public assembly sent, unconditionally, to take his seat —that is the true oratory ; and it should among the respectable class of 'homely' be conducted with all possible ease, selfmen, with, however, the relieving con- possession, and naturalness. The bishop's sciousness that he is in the majority. He manner is fixed, unalterable, we suppose ;
and we are not certain that it does not going to it. As they were walking toarise, partly, from a natural or constitu- gether, this brother discovered that he was tional (but yet defective) peculiarity ; still, a preacher, though, from his appearance, as bishops are usually models for imitation he supposed a local one from the country. among the younger clergy, the latter may On arriving at the church, he introduced properly enough be advised of some of him to the pastor, Rev. William Bishop. their liabilities. It would be well for them Although Mr. Bishop heard the name, he to recollect that Cicero tells us of a great never for a moment thought who it was. cotemporary orator who, notwithstanding Hesitating whether to ask him to preach, his superb powers, had some very gro- lest he should be ashamed of the effort of one tesque grimaces, &c.; and that the young whom he supposed to be a country farmoratorical aspirants of the day, in en- er, he at last gave the invitation, and the deavoring to imitate him, copied all his bishop consented. All fears of him were faults, but none of his excellences. Na- dispelled while he offered his first prayer. ture takes delight sometimes in resenting, During the sermon he enjoyed peculiar with ridicule, the mental coxcombry of liberty," and such a heavenly influence men who would be great, as monkeys rested upon the congregation that almost would be men, by putting on the mere ex- every soul was melted, subdued, or carried ternal dress of their superiors.
away on a tide of exultant joy. Mr. In spite, we repeat, of his peculiar de- Bishop was perfectly astonished. Soon fect of voice, Bishop Simpson is one of after the bishop had taken his seat and the most powerful preachers now extant the intensity of feeling had a little subamong us. He follows the old plan of sided, the pastor said to him :"homiletically” dividing and sub-dividing “Are you a traveling preacher, brother ?" his subjects ; his “ skeletons" or "plans" “ Yes ; I have been an itinerant for sevare usually very thoroughly defined, and eral years, and now travel a very large the parts taken up serialim with nice circuit." precision. His verbal style is clear, di- “ What conference do you belong to ?" rect, and rather plain ; he throws abund- “I did belong to the Pittsburgh, but I ance of apt and brilliant illustrations over cannot say that I am now attached to any his subject; (this is, in fact, one of his particular conference.” most striking excellences :) his emotions “ What did you say your name was ?" kindle and glow, brightening the declama- Simpson.” tory monotone of which we have spoken Simpson! Simpson! not Bishop Simpmore and more, and sweeping over the audience like an increasing gale on the “Why, they call me bishop sometimes," bending grass of the prairie. There is a was the reply. heart-subduing emotion with it also, that In the excitement of the moment the gives it a profoundly devout effect; the pastor sprang to his feet and informed the hearers, from the first, look eagerly at the congregation that they had had the pleasure speaker; they soon begin to wipe their of listening to Bishop Simpson. The day eyes; and before he is through, you will will not soon be forgotten by the Method be very apt to hear not a few outspoken, ists of Lancaster. spontaneous responses to the stirring ap- But we have not designed to prolong peals of the preacher – especially in a these sketches. Dr. Simpson ought never western audience.
to have been elected bishop. We helped His neglected and inferior personal ap- by our own vote to make him such ; but pearance adds, by contrast, to the strong we have twinges of conscience whenever impression of his discourse. The news- we think of the fact. If our repentance papers report that some time since, trav- could undo the wrong we then did him, eling east, he arrived in Lancaster-a we would vote down our old vote ; but, place in which, personally, he was un- alas! some sins are irrevocable. The known-on Saturday evening, and being doctor is not at all the man for such a unwilling to travel on the Sabbath, he re- place; but so grave a charge requires mained until Monday. On Sunday morn- proof, and we cannot detail ours here ; ing he set out from the hotel to find the we must defer it till our sketch of Bishop Methodist Church. On his way he hap- Ames, against whom we must bring the pened to inquire of one of the members same charge in our next number.
HAT a wonderful effect the pet
names of children has on the fond parent! How tenaciously the endearing manner in which the little one answered your call clings to the memory, and how fondly yet sadly all his little sayings and doings are recalled, none but those who have experienced the loss of a sweet child can realize.
Satisfied though you may be that the one whom you so tenderly loved is in a brighter habitation than the wealthiest of monarchs, who dwell here below, can possess ; that his companions are angels and himself an angel, still it is natural to mourn the demise of one whom you had loved with a father's love or cherished with a mother's holy affection. It was this fine feeling that in- | Despair was in our last farewell, duced the sweet poet, Moir, to write the
As closed thine eye;
Tears of our anguish may not tell beautiful poem which we here present
When thou didst die; to our readers, on the death of a child Words may not paint our grief for thee, whose pet name was “Casa Wappy," and Sighs are but bubbles in the sea whose early departure was a source of
of our unfathom'd agony, deep grief to the poet.
Casa Wappy !
To bless us given;
Å type of heaven ;
So dear to us thou wert, thou art Thy spirit caught no taint from earth;
Even less thine own self than a part
Of mine and of thy mother's heart,
Humbly we bow to Fate's decree ;
Do what I may, go where I will,
Thou meet'st my sight:
A form of light!
Casa Wappy! Methinks thou smil'st before me now,
With glance of stealth ; The hair thrown back from thy full
In buoyant health :