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FOR THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, AT TIIE CONFERE.

OFFICE, 200 MULBERRY-STREET.

J. Collord, Printer.

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MRS. MARY FLETCHER,

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REV. JOHN FLETCHER,

VICAR OF MADELEY, SALOP.

OOMPILED FROM HER JOURNAL AND OTHER AUTHENTIC

DOCUMENTS.

BY HENRY MOORE.

The end of the commandment is charity, out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned,-1 Tim. i, 5.

By faith,.--choosing rather to suffer affliction with the peoplo of God, than to njoy the pleasures of sin for a season,-Heb. xi, 25. These are they which follow the Lamb whithorsoever he gooth, Rev. xiv, 4

NEW YORK:

PUBLISHED BY T. MASON AND G. LANE,
FOR THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, AT TIIE CONFERENCR

OFFICE, 200 MULBERRY-STREET.

J. Collord, Printer.

KARVARD COLLECE LIBRARY

BEQUEST OF WILLIAN MCMICHAEL WOOOWORTH

PREFACE.

A 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 hus. band. 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 con. strained 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 con. cerned in it; or of those who might be so anxious about its public reputation as to forget that the circumcision of the heart is justified only by those children of the light and of the day who prove its power, and cry, Abba, Fa. ther, by the Spirit of 'adoption ; and whose praise is not of men, but of God. It is much to be desired also to see such an account made living and powerful by being per. sonified ;—to see an individual thus walking worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.

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