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I God's providence) ever be able to alter my love to
the country, and resolution to return and settle my · family and posterity in it: but having reason to
believe I can at this time best serve you and myself con that side of the water, neither the rudeness of the
season, nor tender circumstances of my family, can sover-rule my inclinations to undertake it.
« Think, therefore, (since all men are mortal) of
some suitable expedient and provision for your safeity, as well in your privileges as property, and you will find me ready to comply with whatsoever may render us happy by a nearer union of our interests.
Review again your laws; propose new ones that may better your circumstances; and what you do, do quickly, remembering that the parliament sits the end of the next month, and that the sooner I am there, the safer I hope we shall be here. "I must recommend to your serious thoughts and care, the king's letter to me for the assistance of New-York with three hundred and fifty pounds sterling, as a frontier government; and therefore exposed to a much greater expence in proportion to other colonies; which I called the last assembly to take into their consideration, and they were pleased, for the reafons then given, to refer to this. : "I am also to tell you the good news of the governor of New-York, his happy issue of his conferences with the Five Nations of Indians, that he hath not only made peace with them, for the king's subjects of that colony, but (as I had by some letters before desired him) for those of all other governments under the crown of England on the continent of America, as also the nations of Indians within those re'fpective colonies: which certainly merits our acknowledgments.
I have done, when I have told you, that unanismity and dispatch are the life of business, and that I © desire and expect from you, for your own fakes, since sit may so much contribute to the disappointment of K 3
those those that too long have sought the ruin of our young country.' ( nesses in and to an evil generation. So prays your < friend and brother through the many tribulations " that lead to the rest and kingdom of God. handsome seat at Rushcomb near Twyford in Buckinghamshire, where he had his residence during the remainder of his life. '
May it please the PROPRIETARY and GOVERNOR,
V speech, delivered yesterday in council; and 'having duly considered the same, cannot but be un' der a deep sense of sorrow for thy purpose of so 'speedily leaving us, and at the same time taking
notice of thy paternal regard to us and our pofterity, 'the freeholders of this province, and territories an
nexed, in thy loving and kind expressions of being ' ready to comply with whatsoever expedient and pro' visions we shall offer for our safety, as well in privi' leges'as property, and what else may render us happy
in a nearer union of our interests ; not doubting the " performance of what thou haft been so lovingly s pleased to promise, we do in much humility, and as 'a token of our gratitude, return unto thee the un· feigned thanks of this house.
Subscribed by order of the house,
- Joseph Crowdon, speaker.'
The next month he took shipping for England, and safely arrived at Portsmouth about the middle of December; and the same month came up to London: after his return, the bill, which, through his friends solicitations, had been postponed the last sessions of parliament, was wholly dropped, and no farther progress made in that affair.
About two months after this, viz. on the eighth of the month called March 1701-2, King William died; and the princess Anne of Denmark ascended the throne, who began her reign with moderation and clemency, and declared for maintaining the act of toleration.
Our author, being in the queen's favour, was often at court, and for his conveniency took lodgings at Kenfington; where he wrote " More Fruits of Solitude, « being a Second Part of Reflections and Maxims re“ lating to the Conduct of Human Life.” After which he removed to Knightsbridge, over against Hydepark corner, where he resided for some years.
About this time, a bill to prevent occasional conformity was brought into the house of commons; on
which occasion he wrote a sheet entitled, “ Consideraof a « tions upon the Bill against Occasional Conformity.”
In the year 1703, he wrote a preface to a book eris published by Dan. Philips, M. D. entitled, “ Vindi
u ciæ Veritatis, being a Defence of the Quakers Prin« ciples, from the Misrepresentations of John Stilling" Aleet, a Clergyman in Lincoln:hire:” and in the same year he published a preface to a collection of Charles Marshall's writings, entitled, “ Zion's Travel
lers Comforted :” and in the next year a preface to the written labours of John Whitehead; all which the reader may find in the front of the books they were designed for.
Anno 1705, he wrote a short epistle, by way of exhortation, to his friends the Quakers, being as fol. lows, viz.
My Dear Friends,
01 up, the Heavenly Power of God, both ministers and hearers; and live under it, and not above ļ it, and the Lord will give you dominion over that which seeks to draw you again into captivity to the spirit of this world, under divers appearances; that the truth may shine through you, in righteousness and holiness, in self-denial, long-suffering, patience,
and brotherly-kindness; so shall you approve yourç felves the redeemed of the Lord, and his living wit
In this year he again visited the meetings of his friends in the western parts of England; where he had good service, and his testimony was effectual to the information of many.
In the year 1706, he removed with his family to a convenient habitation, about a mile from Brentford, and eight from London, where he dwelt some years; and frequently attended the meeting at Brentford; which his friends, as well for the accommodation of his family, as the general service of their persuasion, then first appointed to be held there once a month..
In the year 1707, he was unhappily involved in a suit at law with the executors of a person who had been formerly his steward; against whose demands he thought both conscience and justice required his endeavours to defend himself. But his cause (though many thought him aggrieved) was attended with such circumstances, as that the court of chancery did not think it proper to relieve him ; wherefore he was obliged to dwell in the Old Baily, within the rules of the Fleet, some part both of this and the next ensuing year, until such time as the matter in dispute was accommodated.
Now" although the infirmities of old age began to visit him, and to lessen his abilities of continuing his service in the work of the ministry with his wonted alacrity; yet he travelled, as his strength and health would admit, into the west of England, as also the counties of Berks, Buckingham, Surry, and other places,
In the year 1710, the air near London not being agreeable to his declining constitution, he took a
In the year 1711, the works of an ancient friend of his, John Banks, being ready for the press, he dictated to a person, that wrote it from his mouth (as he walked to and fro with his cane in his hand, and gave occasional answers to other matters intervening) the following preface, which being the last piece he published, and observable for its concise and pithy expresfions, we here insert.
· The PREFACE to John Banks's Journal.
FRIENDLY READER, THE labours of the servants of God ought al
I ways to be precious in the eyes of his people, and for that reason, the very fragments of their " services are not to be lost, but gathered up for edi
cation; and that is the cause we expose the follow' ing discourses to publick view: and I hope it will
please God to make them effectual, to such as se
riously peruse them ; since we have always found the "Lord ready to second the services of his worthies - upon the spirits of the readers, not suffering that ' which is his own to go without a voucher in every I conscience, I mean those divine truths it hath pleased him to reveal among his own children by his own blessed Spirit, without which no man can rightly perceive the things of God, or be truly spirituallyminded, which is life and peace. And this, indeed, ' is the only BENEFICIAL evidence of heavenly truths,
which made that excellent apoftle say in his day, “ We know that we are of God, and that the whole « world lieth in wickedness:” « For in that day, true « religion and undefiled before God and the Father, « conlisted in visiting the fatherless and widows in « their afflictions, and keeping unspotted from the
. « world;"