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return. When, as sometimes happened, a dispute arose, he would reply with much love, and if he saw that what he said was not understood by those who listened, he would look at me with a smile, which indicated his feelings. It was on this account, from the eagerness he felt to be able to speak Tamil clearly, that he learned so rapidly.
“Once when he came by the way of Tenkarai to hold a meeting in my congregation, he saw a few heathen standing together. Although he desired to make known our Saviour to them, he was afraid that they would make a disturbance, and did not speak to them ; this he not only mentioned to me and to the members of the congregation, but thinking that he had denied the Saviour, he earnestly begged forgiveness for this
fault in prayer.
.. Moreover, among Christians also he exhibited an amiable disposition and a bright example. Although there were some well-known faults in the congregation, he did not despise the people on account of their faults, but was constantly putting forth efforts that they might, by whatever means, become true Christians. If you told him about a weak Christian, he longed to reconcile him and to establish him again in the Lord. He would see him often and question him, and advise him with patience, with thought of the Saviour, and with tears, leading him to reflect upon his fault, and not giving up till he had established him. Although a few of the members of the congregation spoke roughly to him, he would listen to them cheerfully and advise them with much tenderness. There is no one of my congregation whom he had not seen and conversed with. Besides every week, on the Sabbath, after the
afternoon service he went regularly to three houses for the
purpose of having prayer with the people. " There are facts which show that he was prepared for death. For once reflecting about himself, he said to me many times that he was a great sinner. That he should speak in this way was very surprising to me, for while I could not but believe that he was, as far as I knew, a teacher who possessed the spirit of our Saviour, the surprise was that he had such little thought of himself as to say in this way that he was a sinner. At another time, he began to converse with me about true faith, and asked me to describe briefly and accurately the faith which is necessary to salvation. To this I replied: "The faith which is necessary to salvation is an eye which is always turned to Jesus hanging upon the cross; it is an empty hand which is always stretched out to receive the forgiveness, righteousness, wisdom, and other blessings which He graciously gives. A person of such faith that he may win Christ and the righteousness which comes by Him, will count all things else but dung. Besides this faith is not dead but living. It works by love, it purifies the heart. This is the victory which overcomes the world. It is by such marks as these that the faith which we have will be found to be the true faith.' "Is this so?' he asked ; then,' he asked himself, have I such faith?'
66 At another time he spoke about death. That one who spoke thus about death had premonitions of his own death there is evidence from his own words. For when paying forty rupees, advance money, to a man to get a touring-cart made for him, he looked at the man and said, “If I die, you must give this money without the least trouble to Mrs. Scudder.' Finally, a few days before he died, when he was questioning me about the bliss of heaven, he enlarged upon the brief reply which I made, and closed by saying, 'Oh, that will be joyful, joyful.'
“ Alas! that one of such benevolence of heart, quick perception, love for souls, delight in prayer, true godliness, self-abhorrence, unfailing perseverance, and other noble qualities, who also had much learning, a keen intellect, humility of opinion, so patient a disposition, such vigor of body and youth, should die so suddenly, is certainly to us a great loss."
To his former comrades, both in college and in the theological seminary, the news of David's death brought personal sorrow; they had not thought of death in connection with one so flushed with life, so full of great capacities of labor. At Andover the Senior Professor, when the intelligence came, met his class in the lecture-room and spent an hour in a heartfelt tribute to the memory of one who had left upon the seminary the stamp of his individual power. “You could trace his course through this seminary,” said he, " as a river through a meadow, by the greenness of its banks. If he had died immediately upon leaving us, he would have done a life's work."
It needs not that mention should be made of the sorrow which this death brought upon the household which it entered. But the love of the father for his son, which I have not set forth as I ought, strong in the child's infancy, growing with his growth, sanctified by the sacrifice which it made in the world-wide separation, deepened by the unceasing interchange of
396 LIFE AND LETTERS OF DAVID COIT SCUDDER.
thought and words of affection, - this love, answered by the steadfast, tender feeling of the son, was permitted its fullest joy in the quick union of souls above. The father, growing in years, had not thought to be the one left behind. Nor was he long detained. The first intelligence of the death, travelling for six weeks, came in one short sentence upon the envelope of a letter from Madras to the Missionary House. On Friday, the 16th of January, 1863, came this message. On the Wednesday following, our father, going out in the morning through the city, felt weary and entered an office to rest, where suddenly, without pain, without the hour of trouble, he died.
It will not be thought strange that these two souls, so joined in life, should be reunited also at death. To our minds who knew them both they ever dwell together; and if it shall seem to any one reading this memorial of a brother that it was not necessary to record so uneventful a life, or that my partiality has magnified the worth of one little known to the world, let me answer that I have obeyed the request of my father, uttered the night before his death, with no thought that it would be his final charge to me. is not,” said he, “because I love my son that I think his life worthy to be published, but because I think that Christ will be honored and His cause advanced." In the spirit which led him to ask me to prepare this work, I have sought to perform it, and now offer it reverently to Christ and the Church.
A. B. C. F. M., meeting of, 92. Bloomfield, N. J., 88, 89, 90.
Bopp's Comparative Grammar, 134.
Brahmans, 180, 333.
Scudder, 387; letter to, from C.
Brethren, Christian, Society of, 78,
79, 101, 113, 116.
, tour through, 280, 293, Buck, Henry, letter to, 352.
Bullock driving, 212, 219, 220, 275.
Bungalow, description of a, 204.
Burial services, 382-384.
reference to, 242, 243, 244, 246,
Caldwell's, Dr., Comparative Gram-
Cameron, Ill., adventures at, 150-
father, 1; visit to, 12, 13.
Capron, Rev. W. B., 102; letter to,
117; reference to, 221.
Cares of missionary life, 367.
Caste, 243, 340.
Catechist, a, at work, 190; account
of D. C. S. by a, 378.
Cattle, disease among, 297.
Câvery river, 210.
Children, affection of, for D. C. S.,
142, 377; in India, 179, 180, 185,
186, 194, 236; missionary educa-