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suitable dwelling, sent for medical aid, and supplied him with all necessaries. He visited him daily until he was convalescent. He found that the youth had received a religious education, but in a moment of wild recklessness had run away from his home and worked his passage out to India as a sailor. In the furnace of affliction and amidst the delirium of fever, the memory of the past and the prayers and admonitions of a pious mother rushed like a torrent of burning lava into the soul of the now prostrate sinner, conscience was awakened, he was brought to his right mind. He soon after joined a Christian church, found a good situation, and has long occupied an independent position in society which he adorns graces
of useful and consistent Christian life. As a preacher Mr. Boaz's extempore efforts were generally his best. So much was he the creature of feeling, that the slightest incident happening before he went into the pulpit would so disconcert him, that the effect could be easily perceived; and however carefully the sermon might have been prepared, its delivery would be a failure. But if he was in a right frame of spirit he could, when called upon suddenly, and consequently without any previous study, preach so as to make a deep impression upon his audience. A remarkable instance of this occurred during the Indian rebellion. As he was preparing to go into the chapel to conduct his ordinary Wednesday evening service, the alarming report was passed from mouth to mouth, that the rebels had massacred a number of Europeans, and were coming down to Calcutta. He at once changed his subject and preached an impressing and heart-stirring sermon from the words of Joab to Abishai his brother, “Be of good courage, and let us play the man for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the Lord do that which seemeth him good.”(2 Samuel x. 12.)
His ministry was blessed by the Great Head of the Church to the conversion of souls, of which the following is an instance. A gentleman who had spent the greater part of his life in the capacity of a lieutenant in the Royal Navy, settled in Bengal as an indigo planter. His wife was a member of Mr. Boaz's church. In the cold season, as is usual, they visited Calcutta. During their stay, the lady regularly attended the services at Union Chapel, but her husband would never enter its doors; in fact, he considered it a kind of degradation to enter a dissenting chapel. He used to drive bis wife in his buggy to the chapel, put her down on the verandah ; then go to the Episcopal church, and after service, call for her, and take her home. One Sunday morning they were overtaken suddenly by a heavy shower. Arrived at the chapel, the lady said, “You had better go no further, but come in with me, you will hear nothing offensive." Her husband had no alternative, if he proceeded further he would be drenched. With much reluctance he entered, but sat and listened attentively. When he went home he was silent and thoughtful. He retired to his room, and his wife overheard him engaged in secret and earnest prayer, for the first time in his life. In the evening, he proposed again to accompany his wife to chapel. From that day he was a new man, a devout and consistent Christian, and one of Mr. Boaz's attached friends.
Although Mr. Boaz had been providentially diverted from direct evangelistic labours amongst the natives, yet he never forgot that he was the missionary pastor of a missionary church. When he accepted that office, he was also appointed secretary and treasurer of the Bengal Auxiliary Missionary Society. The object contemplated was to raise funds in the country to defray the local expenses of the various stations connected with the Society in Bengal, but more particularly those in and around Calcutta,-such as the support of schools, teachers, and catechists. In the year 1846, there were connected with this Auxiliary, in Calcutta and its suburbs, four native churches, three catechists, and five preaching stations; the Christian Institution, containing with its affiliated schools, upward of 400 boys; and the girls' school, with a girls' boarding school, and three village schools. The funds necessary for keeping this machinery well employed amounted at that time to £1,670., and were raised to a great extent by the personal and written appeals of Mr. Boaz, both in private, and from the pulpit and platform.
He was also in the habit of visiting the Hindu festivals for the purpose of distributing tracts, exposing the sin and folly of the abominable orgies practised at such times. He was usually accompanied by one or more native catechists, who interpreted what he wished to say. Had these brethren gone alone they would, in all probability have been brow-beaten and insulted; but protected by the presence of an intelligent European, they were treated with respect and consideration. On one occasion he was roughly handled, and nearly lost his life. He went, with a brother missionary, to endeavour to put a stop to the cruelties of the Charah Pujá, at Bhowanipore. A large concourse of people was assembled, the Charah-pole was erected, and all the necessary preparations were made. One poor wretch, who was about to be swung, had the iron hook already thrust through his back, ready to be hoisted on the swinging-pole, when Mr. Boaz interfered, and warned the instigators of this deed of cruelty, of the responsibility they incurred should the devotee be killed in the attempt, as sometimes happens. The Brahmins, and their abettors, were enraged at this interference; a shout of defiance was raised by the multitude, brick-bats, dust, sticks, and other missiles flew about, all was uproar and confusion. The swinging, however, for that time was put an end to, and has not been resumed with the same eclat in the neighbourhood since.
Mr. Boaz's time and energies were very much devoted to the establishment and prosperity of the Christian Institution at Bhowanipore, the southern suburb of Calcutta, and which was founded by the missionaries for the benefit, in the first instance, of the children of Native Christians, by qualifying them for usefulness in the world and the church ; also to furnish a liberal education, including the science and literature of the West, for the natives of India, of all sects and classes, and to train an efficient and indigenous Gospel ministry. Mr. Boaz not only promoted the efficiency of the institution by sustaining the faith and encouraging the labours of others, he took an active part in its daily work; for, notwithstanding his pastoral duties, his literary and other labours, he visited it twice, and often three times, a week, and taught some of its classes. Its pupils, in ten years, rose from 70 to nearly 800. But the most important way in which he promoted its stability was by raising the funds necessary for its maintenance and establishment.
In the year 1847, Mr. Boaz returned to England, to seek a renewal of strength, being weakened by the enervating influence of an Indian climate, and by his incessant labours. He also hoped to make his visit subservient to his efforts for the extension of religious education in India, in which he felt so great an interest. He reached London in time to take part in the May Meetings, and the first in which he spoke was the Anniversary of the Sunday School Union. He succeeded in raising, during his stay in the United Kingdom, £4,974. 6s. 5d. towards the erection of a new building for the Christian Institution. He also received the degree of LL.D. from King's College, Aberdeen. He again took part in the anniversary of the Sunday School Union in 1849; and, in closing his address, said, “ This may be the last time that I may address you. Your meeting was the first assembly that I addressed when I returned to England, and your proceedings on that occasion warmed my heart; and when I heard to-night the beautiful anthem with which you commenced, my heart again warmed, and my eyes filled with tears; and now, witnessing thousands of young persons engaged in manifesting their love to Christ by seeking the good of young people, I cannot avoid saying, 'Go on.' Lead young souls to Christ. Educate them on earth for the enjoyments of heaven."
Dr. Boaz was married in September, 1849, and shortly after left
the shores of England with his wife; and, on April 8th, 1851, had the pleasure of laying the foundation stone of the new building for the Christian Institution. He then told the spectators that, while the Directors of the London Missionary Society were deliberating as to whether they should give their sanction to his proposed appeal for funds, he made a tour into the country, and, while residing with a gentleman in a small but beautiful village, his friend suggested that he should give the congregation with which he was connected some account of this new College. Dr. Boaz did so, although not sanguine of much success in a pecuniary point of view. After the service, and while waiting for his friend at the door of the chapel, there came up a little village girl, who wished to speak to him. “What is it you wish to say ?” “I want," said she, looking up into my face, and accompanying her earnest looks with a determined expression of countenance, “I want to give something to that College of yours.” “ You, a little girl, what can you give towards £5,000. and the building of the College ?" "I will give all I have,” was the reply; and, putting her little hand into a deep pocket, she pulled out her all, and placing it in Dr. Boaz’s hands, said with emphasis, " There, there it is.” Dr. Boaz added, “ When I looked upon that girl and her gift, I thanked God, and took courage. This was the foundation stone of the £4,974. 6s. 5d. which God enabled me to receive in England; and I promised that when this stone should be laid, I would tell this for a memorial of this interesting English girl.”
We cannot venture to enter upon the detail of Dr. Boaz’s labours after his return to India. We have been compelled to omit all reference to his extensive and long-continued engagements in connection with periodical religious literature, nor can we speak of his home-life and correspondence. For all these, we must refer our readers to the volume which has furnished nearly all the interesting information we have been privileged to communicate respecting this honoured servant of Christ, who was personally known to many of them. We must hasten to the closing scenes of his active and useful life.
In the year 1857, the declining health of Mrs. Boaz and one of her children compelled her return to England, and she was soon followed by her husband, who arrived in London in February, 1859, broken in constitution and much changed. He needed rest and refreshment, but he could not cease from labour. His career had been one of activity, and he was determined it should be so as long as the sands of life continued to run. The week after his arrival, he engaged in public services in the metropolis, occupying the pulpits of some of his brethren, and pleading the cause of missions.
He came home with the intention of returning and spending the remainder of his days in India, but after a residence of some months in England, it became evident that his work in that country was finished. He therefore felt it his duty to resign the pastorate into the hands of the church who had shewn their esteem for him by contributing towards his support in England. From the time he left India till the end of June, 1860, they allowed him 300 rupees, or £30. a month, and from that date till the following December, 250 rupees a month.
In May, 1860, he was again seen on the platform of the Sunday School Union, encouraging the teachers in their work; and he was diligently and usefully employed in advocating the claims of missions throughout the United Kingdom. His last missionary tour was through Yorkshire, and on Friday, October 11, 1861, he returned from Bradford to the bosom of his family. In answer to an enquiry as to his health, he replied, " The old complaint; I feel ill, and am glad to get home.” But he was as cheerful as usual, and spoke of what he had seen, and heard, and experienced in Yorkshire. He passed a very restless night, and the next morning the family physician was sent for, who was of opinion there was no immediate danger to be apprehended, but recommended rest and quiet. Dr. Boaz was engaged to preach the next day at Stoke Newington, and to attend a missionary meeting at Brighton on the following Tuesday. Not till Saturday evening would he consent to put off these engagements. In the evening, about eight, Behari Lal Singh called to take farewell, as he was about to leave for his native country. Dr. Boaz seemed exhausted and weak from the loss of blood. He gave his Native friend a copy of the Bible, and several copies for other Native Christians in India, which had been subscribed for by friends in England. This was his last act on earth; and then, in a feeble voice, he said, while tears suffused both their eyes, "Labour for Christ among your countrymen, and see that you meet me in heaven." These were the last words he spoke to any person beyond the circle of his own household. Thus, his last act was a gift to India, and his last conversation was with a native of that land, for the welfare of which he had so long laboured.
During the night, he continued very restless, but neither he nor any of his family thought that the hand of death was upon him : there was no symptom of dissolution; but, about midnight, without a word or a sigh, he gently fell asleep in Jesus. On Thursday, October 17, his remains were interred in the Abney Park Cemetery, where rest the ashes of so many of his brethren in the ministry.