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evil.Such an one we are called to " Mark and behold.”
His mode of living was very simple and plain. There was nothing superb in his house, nothing superfluous or costly at his table, but a plenitude of wholesome fare attended with such a graceful welcome, and such an agreeable intercourse, that whoever visited him was more than satisfied, though he might not find all the foolish and gouty indulgences, to which he had been generally accustomed. In a letter to his dear friend Mr. L-e, in acknowledgment of a favor received from him, he remarks, “ My manner of life is happily adapted to the times, and as my wants are contracted, I feel none of the inconveniences which crowd upon many, who suppose the ministerial office must necessarily be attended with style, and therefore confound the distinction between a man of property and a minister. A more public situation for which I acknowledge myself unfit, may require an appearance with which I can with propriety dispense, and am bound to acknowledge, I can obtain all I want for myself and my dear wife, with the interest of £400 which she brought me, and the £50 per annum which my situation produces. But I must be given to hospitality, and an attention to this duty seems to
require a little augmentation for which I have trusted Providence, and Providence has honored the confidence reposed in it. The expence of a plain meal, beyond which I never exceed, differs from that of a feast. Wherever I bave been, the poor have closely attached to me, and in fact have been part of my family. For their sake I am thankful for such a friend as my dear Mr. L-e, who blesses me with his friendship, and honors me with his pecuniary favors, and affords me the pleasure, by giving me an opportunity to impart to others, which he himself feels in imparting to me.'
His family worship was early both morning and evening. Reading the scripture always made a part of it, and a portion of Henry's Exposition generally accompanied it. Singing also was commonly blended with it. He was remarkably fond of psalmody, and could sing well himself. But the prayer!—Though the frequency of the exercise, and the sameness of the circumstances tend to formality, and allow of little diversity, in domestic devotion; yet his addresses always seemed as new as they were appropriate, and as comprehensive and particular as they were short and free, * I shall
* Mr. Winter was never tiresome in domestic devotion. He often mentioned that Mr. Whitefield being at a friend's house,
never forget these exercises; they enlivened me however dull, and impressed me however insensible. I rose from my knees longing to be better; longing to be more like him; and thought of the exclamation of Philip Henry, when he closed the duty of the sabbath, “ Well if this be not heaven, it must be the way to it.” Many have expressed a wish that a collection of prayers was published, more peculiarly adapted to the use of families than any of those which have already appeared. Nothing would have supplied this want like a number of his ordinary devotions in the family, had they been secured in short hand.
Mr. Winter,, had no children- unless by adoption and kindness. Of this class indeed he had many. And it is worthy of remark, how singularly he attracted and attached all young people to him. And this was the case even with children, so that I believe no child was ever in his company but loved him: and when
field rose up
the master of the family one evening prayed himself. He was immoderately long; in the middle of the prayer Mr. White
and sat down in the chair ; and when the longwinded gentleman had done, said to him with a frown, “ Sir you prayed me into a good frame, and you prayed me out of it again.”
“ The service past, around the pious man,
As a husband he was a pattern of relative virtue. While writing this very paragraph, I have thrown my eye upon the copy of a letter, to a friend on his marriage, in which he observes: “Much of the happiness of the conjugal state, consists in reciprocal giving and receiving; bearing with infirmities common to men, and forbearing to avail ourselves of inadvertencies; closing the eye to failings, and opening it to a discernment of what is praise-worthy.-The study of mutual felicity will be well rewarded, and it is a duty we owe to ourselves, and to the partners of our lives.--The bond that is soon to be dissolved should be firm while it holds." To Mr. L-e, on his marriage, he writes among other things, “ May your wishes be succeeded to the uttermost, and your expec, tation of the felicity of the state of matrimony, be answered beyond conception. I could indulge myself in the multiplication of good wishes; they shall all be included in one-may every blessing unite to make you happy. They will if you set the Lord always before you, choose him for your best portion, and study to advance his interest among men. Mr. Matthew Henry's dying testimony will always prove true. A life of communion with God, is the happiest life in the world;' and his remark in the beginning of his Comment is as worthy of notice, that, • He who has a good God, a good wife, and a good home, needs nothing more.' It is the property of a good wife to make domestic happiness; and we seldom find men disposed to seek an addition to their happiness abroad, who by the the attentions of a bosom friend are made happy at home. When we do meet with instances to the contrary, it is in those whose natural depravity is not subdued. But dear Mr. L-e, has long since lived under the triumphs of grace; he has been walking in its paths, been guided by its instructions, and has adopted all that it inculcates. His choice therefore I am persuaded is favorable to his growth in grace; and whatever additional claims his new state may impose, he will be equal to, and live in the conscientious discharge of, till the end of life is answered,