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conciling love, by removing (so far as lies in you) what is in the way of brotherly union. O Sir, the work is worthy of you! and if you saw, with what boldness the false philosophers of the Continent, who are the apostles of the age, attack Christianity, and represent it as one of the worst religions in the world, and fit only to make the professors of it murder one another, or at leaft to contend among themselves; and how they urge our disputes to make the gospel of Christ the jest of nations, and the abhorrence of all fleth, you would break through your natural timidity, and invite all our brethren in the ministry, to do what the herds do on the Swiss mountains, when wolves attack them ; instead of goring one another, they unite, form a close battalion, and face the common enemy on all sides. What a shame would it be if cows and bulls shewed more prudence, and more regard for union, than Christians and gospel Ministers!
O dear Sir, iake courage! Be bold for the reconciling truth. Be bold for peace. You can do all things, through Christ strengthening you; and as Doctor Conyers, you can do many things ---a great many more than you think. What if you go, Sir, in Chrift's name, to all the gospel ministers of your acquaintance, exhort them as a father, entreat them as a brother, and bring them, or as many of them as you can together; think you that your labour would be in vain in the Lord ? Impossible, Sir! O despair not! Charity hopeth all things, and as Kempis faith, " It trieth all things, and bringeth many things to pass, which “ would appear impossible to him, who despaireth, hateth, or “ careth not for the sheep." : If you want a coach, or a friend to accompany you, when you go upon this errand of love, remember there is a Thornton in London, and an Ireland in Bristol, who will wish you God speed, and make your way plain before you; and God will raise many more to concur in the peaceful work. Let me humbly intreat you to go to work, and to persevere in it. I wish I had strength io be at least your poftilion when you go. I would drive, if not like Jebu, at least with some degree of cheerful swiftness, while Christ smiled on the Christian attempt. But I am confident you can do all in the absence, and without the concurrence of him who is, with brotherly love, and dutiful respect, Hon. and dear Sir, your obedient servant in the gospel,
J. F. : To Mr. WILLIAM PERRONET. My dear friend,
Nyon, June 2, 1778. W H EN I wrote to you last, I mentioned two Ladies of
y your family, who have married two brothers, Messrs. Monod. Since that time, they have requested me, to send to your father the enclosed memorial, which I hope will prove of use to your family. As the bad writing and the language may
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make the understanding of it difficult to you, I send you the Cuba stance of it, and of the letter of the Ladies' lawyer.
While I invite you to make your title clear to a precarious eftate on earth, permit me, my dear Sir, to remind you of the heavenly inheritance entailed on believers. The Will, the New Testament by which we can recover is, is proved. The court is just and equitable, the Judge is gracious and loving. To enter into possession of a part of the estate here, and of the whole here. after, we need only believe, and prove evangelically, that we are believers. Let us, then, set about it now, with earnestnefs, with perseverance, and with a full assurance, that, through grace, we fhall infallibly carry our cause. Alas! what are estates and crowns to grace and glory ? The Lord grant, that we, and all our friends, may chuse the better part, which your brother, my dear friend, so happily chose. And may we firmly stand to the choice, as he did, to the last. My best respects wait upon your dear father, your sisters, and nieces. God reward your kindness to me upon them all!
I have had a pull back since I wrote last. After I left Mr. Ireland at Macon, to Morten my journey and enjoy new prospeals, I ventured to cross the mountains, which separate France from this country. But on the third day of the journey, I found an unexpected trial; a large hill, whose winding roads were so steep, that though we fed the horses with bread and wine, they could scarcely draw the chaise, obliged me to walk in all the steepest places. The climbing lasted several hours, the sun was hoi, I perspired violently, and the next day I fpit blood again. I have chiefly kept to goai's milk ever since, and hope I Thall get over this death also, because I find myself, blessed be God, better again, and my cough is neither frequent nor violent.
This is a delightful country. If you come to see it, and claim the estate, bring all the papers and memorials your father can col. lect, and come to share a pleasant apartment, and one of the finest prospects in the world, in the house where I was born. God bless you, my dear friend ! Believe me, Dear Sir, &c. J. F.
To J A MES IRELAND, Esq; · My dear Friend,
Nyon, Sept. 25, 1778. I Am just returned from an excursion I made with my brother, I through the fine vale in the midst of the high hills, which divide France from this country. In that vale we found three lakes, one on French ground, and two on Swiss; the largest is six miles long and two wide. It is the part of the country where industry is most apparent, and where population thrives beft. The inhabitants are chiefly woodmen, coopers, watch-makers, and jewellers. They told me, they had the best singing, and the belt preacher in the country. I asked, If any finners were converted under his ministry? They ftared, and asked, “ What I
meant by conversion ?” When I had explained myself, they said, “ We did not live in the time of miracles.”
I was better satisfied in passing through a part of the vale which belongs to the King of France. I saw a prodigious concourse of people, and supposed they kept a fair, but was agreeably surprized to find it was three Missionaries, who went about as itinerant preachers to help the regular clergy. They had been there already some days, and were three brothers who preached morning and evening. The evening service opened by what they called a conference. One of the Missionaries took the pulpit, and the parish "Priest proposed questions to him, which he answered at full length and in a very edifying manner. The subject was the unlawlulness and the mischief of those methods, by which persons of different sexes lay snares for each other, and corrupt each others morals. The subje&t was treated with delicacy, propriety and truth. The method was admirably well calculated to draw and fix the aitention of a mixed multitude. This conference being ended, another Missionary took the pulpit. His text was our Lord's description of the day of Judgment. Before the sermon, all those who for the press could kneel, did, and sung a French hymn to beg a blessing upon the word ; and indeed it was blessed. An awful attention was visible upon most, and for a good part of the discourse, the voice of the preacher was almost lost in the cries and bitter wailings of the audience. When the outcry began, the preacher was describing the departure of the wicked into eternal fire. They urged that God was merciful, and that Jesus Christ had shed his blood for them. “ But that mercy you have flighted (replies the Judge) and now is the time of justice; that blood you have trodden under foot, and now it cries for vengeance. Know your day--- slight the Father's mercy and the Son's blood no longer.” I have seen but once or twice congregations as much affected in England. . One of our Ministers being ill, I ventured a second time into the pulpit last Sunday; and the Sunday before, I preached fix miles off to 2000 people in a jail yard, where they were come to see a poor murderer two days before his execution. I was a little abused by the Bailiff on the occasion, and refused the liberty of attending the poor man to the scaffold where he was to be broken on the wheel. I hope he died penitent. The day before he suf. fered, he said he had broken bis irons, and that as he deserved to die, he desired new ones to be put on, lest he should be tempted to make his escape a second time. . I rejoice with you in Jesus, and in the glorious hope of that complete salvation his faithfulness has promised, and his power can never be at a loss to bestow. We must be saved by faith and hope till we are saved by perfect love, and made partakers of heavenly glory.
I am truly a stranger here. Well then, as strangers let us go where we shall meet the assembly of the righteous gathered in Jesus. Farewell in him, you and yours,
LETTER from Miss B, to Miss M.
L in, 1776. W H AT you speak of your state, I fully understand : what
V you want, is an indwelling God: He will bring all with him: Fear not therefore, but plead the accomplishment of that · word, “ I and my Father will come, and make our abode with
him.” All is in Jesus, and he is yours by faith. O that from this hour you may claim him as your own. He that hath bid you say, “ My Father,” chuses you should, in the fulness of the word, claim him as such. My dear friend, there is more implied in that word, “ Claim him as your own," than at first you may imagine. Remember, in him all fulness dwells, and to him that believeth all things are poflible. Do you want to feel him your pardoning God ? hear him every moment renewing the loving proclamation, “ Him that cometh unto me, I will in no wise całt out; " and behold it sealed with blood divine. Do you want to feel his all-cleansing blood, and to be enabled like Enoch to " walk with God ?" Come to him then with holy boldness : ask that your joy may be full; hear him saying, “ If ye being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him." You may now therefore come with the utmost free. dom, and cast your whole foul on that Saviour who is made unto you all you want.' Thus strive every bour and moment to look unto him ; and may you and I never forget, that believing views are transforming views. It is needful to bear on our mind, “ The wisdom of God is foolishness with men.” The simple way of Salvation by Faith is too low a stoop for any but those who are stript of their own righteousness: And yet they only are truly wise who learn this way. Let me recommend to my dear fifter, an earnest Jacob-like Spirit of Prayer. This power of Faith will fetch all from Jesus. You do not need Holiness to get Faith, but Faith to fetch down Holiness into your Soul. I am a blunt writer, and usually say, in a few words, what is laid on my heart: and this I feel for you, Only believe, and yours is Heaven. God explain it to your heart! Oh! may he take your will and affe&tions, and fix them for ever on himself. Whatever great mountain stands between, Faith will say, “ Be thou removed," and it shall be done. Nothing exalts Christ but Faith, nothing else sets the Crown on his head. Fear not ihen : “ See the Lord your keeper stands, omnipotently near:” his arm is stretched out to save. O may a sight of Christ by Faith, prove to your soul, as the river of Jordan to the lofty Syrian, who at length humbly washing became perfectly whole. I am, &c.
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LETTER from Mrs. S. to Miss M.
, 1793. IT is not the talking a deal about religion that helps the foul so
1 speedily forward, as a proper description of the straight way before us, in as concise a manner as possible to put into language. God has shewed you his willingness to save, therefore the first mark you must aim at, is, a clear sense of pardon. But this you can only retain, after it is given, by being resolute in your mind to hang upon God continually, resifting every unbelieving thought: keep saying in your mind continually, “ I will believe : I will not fear." This you must keep constantly in fight, till God shines upon your soul, and then resolutely hold fast, and press after a greater nearness to him. When he opens the way, we have then ftrength and power to take the kingdom of heaven by violence : but if we shrink back and say, “I am not worthy ;” we grieve the Spirit of God, let the opportunity flip, and find unbelief stronger than ever : But even in this case, there is no other remedy but exerting the little faith we have left: To fall a reasoning about it, finks the soul into its own weakness, so that we find neither will nor power to exert ourselves, but grow harder and more careless, till we oblige God to send some alarming circum. stance to quicken our diligence.
Would we act wisely, we should resolutely cast our souls upon him without a moment's delay, saying, “ I will not let thee go until thou bless me, and grant thy confirming Grace to establish the Truth so deep in my heart, that I may never give place to foolish reasonings any more.” The only way to get forward, is to use the little Faith we have; and the only way to keep forward, is to persevere in the same exercise of faith. Many I have known who attained faith by continually saying to the Lord, “ I will believe;" and still keep on in the same way till they get their faith so strengthened as to be able to lay hold on all the precious promises of God. While we keep constantly crying to the Lord, unbelief and evil reasonings cannot get in. The enemy, although he vex and hurry our minds at first, yet he must fly, if we perfift in calling upon the Lord, and all foolish reasonings are kept off.
When we come to God, whether by secret or ejaculatory prayer, we must come with all the faith we can, expecting that he will listen to our complaints, and is ready to send an answer down into our hearts. You cannot expect too much from God, nor too little from man: But you must hope against hope. The Lord will iry us, to see whether we will continue to hang on him or not ; therefore never think of giving up, but say with Job, “ Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him." It is the halle of unbelief Vol. XIX. March, 1796.