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Returning to this state, he continued to labour in the aforesaid congregations with general acceptance, and not without considerable success, until his death.
He died March 24th, 1817, lamented by all who knew him. He left his wife with nine children, six sons and three daughters, on a farm of about 100 acres, four miles from Paris. Like the most of the faithful and honest clergy, he acquired but little of this world's goods for his children, but he left them a large interest in the Lord's great and precious promises. His wife survived him about four years and a half; and since his second son, in a course of theological studies, has been called away, in the mysterious providence of God, to join the ransomed above.
Mr. Rannells was in his person about six feet, and well proportioned. He was of an amiable friendly disposi tion, agreeable in his manners, solemn and affectionate in his official duties, orderly and punctual in all his transactions. To the pious and well informed his pul. pit exercises were always acceptable and improving, but it has been remarked that they varied exceedingly at different times. On some occasions they were far above mediocrity, on others they were below; owing to his natural temperament, the gracious presence or absence of his Master, or the circumstances and subject's which occupied his mind. In the great religious ex citement which prevailed in Kentucky in 1802 and 8, and which was attended with much irregularity, and finally produced gross heresy and schism, Mr. Rannels was among the first and foremost to raise the solemn voice of warning. It was then as a faithful watchmaħ
on the walls of Zion, that he gave some of the happiest specimens of his awfully impressive pulpit powers. To him and a few others, in those perilous times, the church in Kentucky, particularly the Presbyterian section, owed its defence and support, so far as human agency was employed by the King and Head, who is pleased by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
Mr. Rannells was, through his last sickness, which was lingering and painful, as remarkable for his faith, patience, hope, and child-like submission, as he had been for his piety and faithfulness in the cause of his Lord and Saviour. Death found him courageous in the prospect of a glorious immortality, and ready to depart to be with Christ, who holds the keys of hell and of death, and has proclaimed himself the Resurrection and the Life.
SKETCH THE LIFE AND LABOURS OF THE REV, WILLIAM WALLACE.-By Rev. JOHN M' FARLAND.
THE Rev. William Wallace was born in Pennsylvania 1786. At an early age he manifested a vigour and sprightliness of intellect, and a thirst for literature. At
the age of sixteen his father sent him to acquire the lan guages at the Lexington Academy, where he made great proficiency, and in a few years succeeded to the office of principal teacher in that institution, still pursuing a liberal course of study. In 1804 he came under serious religious impressions, and was admitted to the communion in the Associate Reformed Church. From this time he devoted himself to the holy ministry, and with diligence applied himself to those studies which, in that church, were deemed necessary to prepare for a course in theology. Being, however, under the necessity of teaching, and becoming attached to a young lady, the daughter of the Rev. Adam Rankin, he married her in April, 1805. The cares of a family, and various trying circumstances, from this period, perplexed his mind, and retarded him in his studies.Through uncommon vigour, application, and perseverance, he nevertheless became master of more solid and useful learning than many attain in circumstances the most favourable.
In the fall of 1809, his mind became infected with the New Light heresy, but through grace, and the faithful exertions of an affectionate friend, soon obtained relief; and having sometime previous to this commenced the study of divinity, he went on to the Theological Seminary in the city of New-York, to enjoy the instructions of the Rev. John M. Mason, D. D. There he continued one session, and then returned to Kentucky, where he pursued his studies until April, 1812, when he was licensed to preach by the Assɔciate Reformed Presbytery of Kentucky.
The winter of he again spent at the TheologiSeminary, his wife having died the preceding fall. At this time he was a very popular and impressive preacher, and had an invitation to settle in the state of NewJersey. He however returned to Kentucky, and spent some time in Lexington, and in some vacant congregations in the country, until he received a call from the Presbyterian Congregation in Paris, in 1817. Previous to this he had left the Associate Reformed Church, and joined the Presbytery of West Lexington; and had also married a second time. He laboured in Paris with great success, there being added about ninety to the church in one year. In the midst of this his career of usefulness, he was attacked with the malignant fever then prevalent; and, with that joyful hope which genuine christianity inspires, he departed this life September 10th, 1818, in the 33d year of his age. Few deaths have been more generally and seriously lamented than his; and few, in a ministry of many years, were more successful in turning sinners to the Saviour. His flock and particularly the young, and those just brought into the church by his ministry, appeared to lay near his heart in his last sickness, and for their sakes chiefly he desired his days might be lengthened, but at the same time he submitted to the will of God, and longed to be with Christ. They indeed suffered a severe loss, and will ever cherish in tender remembrance his labours of love for their salvation.
Mr. Wallace was of the middle size, had naturally a good constitution and great muscular activity and strength. His intellectual talents were of the first or
der. His imagination was strong and brilliant, often too ardent for his taste and judgment. His manner in the pulpit was bold and impassioned. His countenance, set with keen black eyes, beamed with intelligence, zeal, and magnanimity, blended alternately with the "fitful play" of christian benevolence, and the flush of holy in-. dignation. His attacks upon Satan's ranks filled them with dismay, and, being a child of affliction, he knew how to pour the balm of consolation into the wounded heart.
SKETCH OF THE LIFE AND LABOURS OF REV. JAMES M'CHORD.-By Rev. JOHN M'FAR
THE Rev. James M'Chord was born in Baltimore, 29th March, 1785. In the year 1790 his father removed to Kentucky, and settled in Lexington. At a very early period he was devoted to reading, and whether at school or at home, his mind appeared intent on some book, art, or science. At the age of twelve he was well acquainted with geography, arithmetic, history, the politics of the day, the works of Shakespeare, and the most eminent poets.