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laid hold of her, as he will one day of many who, like her, think themselves now very secure and strong. But the first-born of death will soon des vour that sort of strength; and hunger-bitten they are already. I have been an eye-witness of her distress under the spirit of bondage, in which the continued two or three years; and 'likewise, as you well know, of her happy enlargement, which The enjoyed for a long time. And I have narrowly watched her descent from the mo:int of transfiguration. She has been now for some time in the furnace; and I believe in my heart she will endure the fire, and come forth as gold. At present the walks very steady, humble, meck, and lowly, and appears to quit herself like one that feeth him who is invisible. She is the first fruit of Achaia unto the Lord; at least she was the first that publicly returned to give glory to God; and the was a stranger; and cleansed she is I verily believe. And, as there are many professors now standing where she once stood, and others in darkness and distress through legal bondage, I am in hopes that making the letters public will be a means to awaken some of the former, and encourage the latter. That they may be a caution to some,

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suength and encouragement to others, stir up jealoufy in many, and be blessed to comfort the weak and infant race, is, in this request, the view, and, when published, will be the earnest with and prayer of

Your truly fincere lover and friend,

VESPERTILIO TUMULIS,

PRELIMINARY

PRELIMINARY EPISTLES.

T. PHILOMELA, in the King's Dale.

BELOVED OF GOD,

May I not say, “ Hail! highly favoured, blessed art thou among women, when he that is mighty hath done so great things for thee, in remembrance of his mercy, as he promised to our forefathers in the faith, to Abraham, and to his feed for ever?”

It is jubilee with thee; the days of the Son of man are come, days of good things. And would it not be commendable in thee to act the part of the poor lepers in the fiege of Samaria ; that is, to inform the King's household of it? Dost thou well to feast at the banquet thyself, and to go and hide all the rest? If the Lord forms a person for himself, it is that he may few forth his praise. · The poor woman with her issue obtained virtue from the Covenant Head privately, and was going to withdraw, in hope of escaping the cen

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sure and displeasure of the Jews. With the heart The believed unto righteousness. Thus God prepared her heart; but with the mouth we must make confession unto salvation. This was left undone till God created the fruit of her lips, and then she was called forth to make confession of her faith. By these means the word sounds out, which raises curiosity in fome, desires in others, it encourages many, and provokes noț a few to jealousy and emulation.

We must render to Cesar the things that are Cesar's, and unto God the things which are God's. To smuggle foreign goods robs the prince of his revenue; and to hide the heavenly flame under a bushel robs God of his praise. “ Were there not ten cleansed ? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. Go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.” The nine were selfseekers, moved to pray for a temporal cure only; felf-interest drove them to it, and base ingratitude kept them from acknowledging the cure; and, by this art of smuggling the benefit, they escaped the reproach of Christ, which Mofes so highly esteemed, and did not lose their reputation among the scribes and pharisees. But, alas! these could have no faith; for “ how can you believe (faith the Saviour) who receive honour one of another, and not the honour that cometh from God only ?” We are to weep with them that weep, and re

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joice with them that rejoice. I was in company with his excellency the Welsh ambassador at your groaning, when your bearing pains and birth throes were upon you; and we both took a part of your burden ; and I am informed that you felt the spirit of heaviness get lighter upon you from that hour. But where is my part of the caudle ? I travailed in birth again and again till Christ was formed in thee. And now this work is done ; but what account have I had of it? and, therefore, how can I rejoice? Ephraim is comforted; but there is a promise of comfort to his mourners. And again: 6 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters : behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their ways and their doings, and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem ; and they shall comfort you when ye see their ways and their doings.” Ezek. xiv. 22. Where is my share of this promise ? This part of the price is withheld.

The comforts of hope, the testimony of a good conscience, and the pleasing accounts of God's giving testimony to the word of his grace, is the promised reward of the labourers in the Lord's vineyard, and is no finall part of the penny a day. If I might intrude upon a little of thy time, I should be glad of some short account of thy calamity when we fell into company at the G ; and how thou camest into that deplorable state.

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