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afford more confolation than what he now feels. He says that he wishes he could write; he has sufficient matter for an endless epistle. God's goodness to this poor man has provoked some to jealousy; nor can I say that I am altogether without heat from this flame; for, although I know it is better than life itself to have a good hope through grace, yet I want also to be favoured with the fulness of that love that casteth out all fear. For, let me be favoured with what encouragement I may while hearing, I cannot retain it. I remember, two years since, you told me to watch the good hand of God, for you said you had no doubt but I hould soon hear of some poor souls to whom the word would be made a blessing. Last year Mrs. Etches escaped the dismal regions, and Mrs. Few found the door of hope. And this year this poor man has been favoured with a sweet sound from the jubilee trumpet. The former I rejoiced at; nor could I refrain from tears at hearing the latter : but I will leave you to judge of my feelings, when the contefied prize of the bosom is poffeffed by another, which is what I have so long and so earnestly fought. But in this I fail not: I always beg of God to let his word run and be glorified whenever you come down among us. But can I be wrong if I covet earnestly the best gifts for my own soul?


Adieu, my ever dear, my valuable, and ever blessed friend: accept my most unfeigned and most fervent love yourself; tender the same 10 my dear Lady $ ; and, with kind remembrance to all friends at Cricklewood, conclude me, in the best of bonds, ever

Yours most affectionately,


Downlıam, Aug. 7, 1809.


Little Downham, Isle of Ely:

M ary's artless and simple account of the poor man's deliverance came fafe to hand, and it is a most humbling and self-abafing consideration to me, being a true copy of a living epistle, and a sweet exhibition of the unparalleled condescersion and humiliation of God, in setting the broad seal of heaven to the commission of the most defpicable and the most abhorred of all ainbaffadors; but God, knowing that I am much hated, hath therefore given me another son.

And if a multitude of various looks can speak, and countenances can proclaim, and if I have any skill in reading the risings and fallings, the goings and comings, the approbation and then the fear, the risings in hope and sinking in dread, the shining with oil and the weepings of love: I say, if I can read these inward motions by the countenance, which is a true index of the heart, you will, cre long, acquaint me with the birth of another fon, unless he be one that comes from some distant place. It is a poor young man that I allude to, a face that I have often seen in the barn; both his ears were most assuredly unstopped, and he heard the voice of the charmer, and moved

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in concert with it; his countenance and my mouth kept pace and footed it together, until the damping conclufion of 'I add no more' put a stop to the dance; it was so confpicuous, that I could but observe it, and he was too much lost in amazement to think of concealing. I mentioned the circumstance to you and Mr. M. afterwards, though neither of you could inform me who he is; but we Thall not lose him in the crowd, for, when the voice of pardon says to the prisoner,

"Go forth,' then they that fit in darkness muft shew : themselves, Isaiah xlix. 9. He must appear, for

all such fhall return and give glory to God, if nineteen hypocrites depart without it.

I was not a little surprised, when we first walked together in the garden, at the poor man you speak of; both his words and his countenance expressed a most hearty welcome, and his hand the most cordial reception; such falutations and cmbraces are seldom lavished away upon the offscouring of the earth. I expect no less, either by word or look, than to be considered and received as an enemy, a deceiver, a troubler of Ifrael, or as a spy upon the nakedness of the land. But, as every good work proclaims the workman, so a man's gift, especially the gift of the Holy Spirit, makes room for him. If the word is a hammer, it breaks the rock; if a fire, it diffolves the moun· tains; if a candle, it searches Jerusalem; if a voic: of thunder, it alarms the secure; and, if as th:


piercings of a sword, entrances and inroads into the heart and conscience are made. “A wise 'man,” saith the proverb, “ scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof,” for whenever the word enters the power of the Spirit is clearly manifested, and a full proof of the ministry is made; and convinced souls dare not hate, though they cannot love; and, if they cannot approve, they dare not reproach ; for our call, commission, and authority, are all manifested and established, even in their own confidence as well as in their own conscience ; for such believe and tremble, feel and are affrighted. .. But nothing makes us so welcome to the most

distant fraternity of Jesse, as the horn of unction, when we are sent to pray over those who are sick of sin and of self, and to anoint them with fresh oil in the name of the Lord. And it appears, by the man's cordial reception of me at my coming, that the Comforter had shewed him beforchand things to come, though his understanding might be unfruitful upon this head; because he gladly received the spy, when joy and peace foon followed; for there is no beauty in our feet upon the mountains until the oil of joy anoints the eyes of the Spectators; and even this is but a faint discovery of the glory of his image who is the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

The poor man is a true copy of the power of the gospel, and an excellent portrait of its fim

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