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eminent services, among other brethren, this our dear friend, was principally exercised, and the Lord was with him, and made way for him, in the hearts of the rulers of the land. So that his faithful labour was often crowned with success to the comforting and rejoicing of the hearts of many suffering brethren.
He was a good example to the flock, in his diligently frequenting of first and week-day meetings for public worship, and other meetings for the service of truth, so long as his ability of body remained; willing to take all opportunities for publishing and promoting the truth; zealous to support good order and discipline in the church of Christ: and as he was not suddenly for taking hold of any, so he was as exemplary in not being forward to cast any off, in whom there appeared any thing that was good, being always desirous to encourage the good in all, condescending to the weak, but admonishing the faulty, in the spirit of meekness and wisdom, that they might be preserved in love. to truth, and come into the unity of the one Spirit, which is the bond of peace.
We may truly say, he was a tender father in the Church, and as such was of great compassion, sympathizing with Friends under affliction, whether in body or mind; a diligent visiter of the sick, and labouring to comfort the mourning soul: careful to prevent, and diligent in composing differences.
Dear Friends, much more we might say on the behalf of this our dear deceased friend: an elder worthy of double honour. But it is not with us to give large encomiums of the dead; we have rather chose to give but short hints of some of the christian virtues and qualifications he was endowed with, believing there is a witness in the hearts of many yet remaining, that doth testify for him, and his faithful labours and service in his day; desiring the Lord may raise up many, in the room of this, and other worthy elders, some of which are lately removed from us, and, we believe, taken into mansions of glory, in the kingdom of God.
It pleased the Lord to visit this our dear friend, with some severe pains, and weakness of body, so that he was disabled for some weeks from getting to meetings, but he often expressed his desires for the welfare for the church of Christ, and that Friends might live in love and unity.
He continued in a patient resigned frame of mind to the will of God, waiting for his great change, rather desiring to be dissolved and be with Christ, saying, the sting of death was taken away. He expressed a little before his departure, that he had a renewed sight, or remembrance of his labours and travels, that he had gone through from his first convincement; he looked upon them with abundance of comfort and satisfaction, and admired how the presence of the Lord had attended, and carried him through them all.
He departed this life in great peace and quiet, the eighth day of the first month, 1722-3, about the eighty-seventh year of his age; and we firmly believe," he died in the Lord, and is at rest from his labours, and his works follow him."
He was a minister of the gospel about sixty-eight years, and was buried the thirteenth of the first month, in Friends' burying ground, near Bunhill-Fields, amongst many of his ancient brethren, being attended by a very large number of Friends and others.
Signed in and on the behalf of the monthly meeting, at Devonshire-house, the fifteenth day of the third month, 1723.
THOSE SO GENERALLY BELIEVED AND APPLAUDED
ONE GOD, SUBSISTING IN THREE DISTINCT AND SEPARATE PERSONS,
The impossibility of God's pardoning sinners, without a plenary satisfaction,
THE JUSTIFICATION OF IMPURE PERSONS, BY AN
FROM THE AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE TESTIMONIES,
AND RIGHT REASON.
"But to us there is but one God the Father, of whom are all things." 1 Cor. viii. 6. He retaineth not Micah vii. 18.
"Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity? his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy." "For I will not justify the wicked." Exod. xxiii. 7.
London-Printed in the Year 1668.
PHILADELPHIA-REPRINTED BY JOSEPH RAKESTRAW,
Fo, 256, NORTH THIRD STREET.
IT was the fault of some in ancient times, that they made void God's law by men's traditions; and certainly I may now assume the same complaint. For whilst I take a serious prospect of the spiritual nature and tendency of the second covenant, which God Almighty, in the fulness of time, by his prophets, prophesied to make and perfect; and also the accomplishment thereof by Jesus Christ, and what was brought to pass amongst the primitive believers; methinks I do not only see an utter abolishment of ceremonial worships, but the inscribing that spiritual law on the heart, and infusion of holy fear to the inward parts, whereby each person became capacitated to know so much of God, as suited with his present state, from an infallible demonstration in himself, and not on the slender grounds of men's lo-here interpretations, or lo-there: for the kingdom of God is within, where himself must be the teacher of his people. But on the other hand, when from the noise of every party's pretensions to, and contentions for their own way, as most infallible, I am induced to an impartial examination of them; alas! how have all adulterated from the purity both of scripture record, and primitive example! receiving for unquestionable doctrines, the fallible apprehensions, and uncertain determinations of such councils, whose faction, prejudice, and cruelty soon paralleled the foregoing heathenish persecutions. And yet that the results of persons so incompetently qualified, should at this day in their authority remain unquestioned by the nations, is matter both of astonishment and pity. But an implicit faith has ever been the consequence of ignorance, idleness, and fear, being strong impediments to a judicious inquiry, how far professed and imposed opinions have their consistency with reason, and the true religion. But that which most of all deserves a lamentation, is, that Protestants, whose better arguments have confuted the plea of such as made tradition, and men's prescriptions unquestionable in circumstantials, should themselves, by print and practice, so openly declare and contend for its authority in essentials; as must be obvious to any that observe their zealous anathemas against whomsoever refuse a compliance with them in doctrines, manifestly bottomed upon men's nice inventions.
This is the right state of the controversy that is maintained by us, contemptibly called Quakers. against the world, and the undoubted reason of our severe treatment at its hands. The end of God Almighty's raising us, being for no other purpose, than to de