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The end of the Commandment is Charity, out of a pore heart, and of a good conscience, and of
By faith....choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures
.............Heb. xi. 25.
PUBLISHED BY J. SOULE AND T. MASON, VOR TUE METEODIST
EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES.
Abraham Paul, printer.
| SHORT time after I was appointed to the Birmingham District, the papers of the late Mrs. Fletcher were put into my hands. I was informed at the same time, that the venerable person whose life was recorded in them, had mentioned me as one that she wished should prepare and publish her papers; and that an application to that effect would have been made to me before that time, but that the distance of my former appointment had prevented it, Mrs. Fletcher having laid an injunction on her friend, to whom, by will, she had committed them, not to give them absolutely into the hands of any person whatsoever.
I examined those papers with no common interest. They gave an account not only of the writer's own life, but involved, in some respects, that of her admirable husband. I was certain that those records were desired, and would be received, by the most pious in these kingdoms, not as a common religious biography, but as the record of an uncommon work of God; and that they would not be expected to fall short of any account which has come forth in that great revival of scriptural Christianity in our day, concerning which we have so often been constrained to say, What hath God wrought?
I have often wished to see such a display of that work as would show its genuine nature and fruits, free from
the colouring of those writers who were not directly
A general History of this work, including all the
Religion is nothing less than the life of God in the