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cany Vows, immediately set upon it; and
very great did I find the Benefit, of being Sequestred from the World, and enjoying my self alone: It inur'd my Mind to Devotion, and kept it sensible and tender, and accustom'd me to Acts of Mortification and · Self-Denyal. These Days, if the Weather were Fair and Calm, I wou'd usually spend in the fields ; if ocherwise, in some Empty Chamber in the College ; in the absence of 'my Chamber Fellow, in my own Chamber;
or in my Stúdy, if he were there : But not so as to give him, or any else, the least su'spicion of this Practice, all the time I was
His Advancement in Learning, kept equal Pace with his Improvements in Piety and Years; for he prosecuted his Studies with In, defatigable Diligence, and perform'd all his Academical Exercises with General Approbation: And when sometimes his eager pursuit of Learning wou'd occasion a Thought to arise in his Mind, that a whole Day every Week, was what he cou'd not spare from his Studies, with Indignation he wou'd Reject that Suggestion, as coming from his Spiritual Enemy; He consider'd (as he expresses it) that it were just in God to punilh such Thoughts, by biafting all his Studies; but if be chearfi-lly gave that time to God, bis Goodness wou'd supply that and more to him, having promised to add all things to those, who first seek the Kingdom of Heaven, and his Righteousness.
commfulness to Difficulties of what
Removes into From Catherine Hall (after he had taken his Mr. Free- Degrees in Learning, he remov'd into the inan's Family Family of Ralph Freeman of Aspeden Hall in
Hertfordshire, Esq; and undertook the Education of his Eldest Son; a Trust, which he ever Esteem'd one of the most Weighty in the World, and which none shou'd undertake without earnest Resolutions of Conscientiously Discharging it. And 'twas very happy for Mr. Freeman, that he found one who had all those Qualifications, which he cou'd wish in an Instructor and Friend for his son: Great Sweetness of Temper, join'd with a sound and pea, netrating Judgment; a Sedate Gravity to command Respect, mix'd with an easy Chearfulness to gain Love; a happy way of Explaining the Difficulties of Learning, having clear Notions himself, of what he undertook to make Intelligible to his Pupil; a noble Genius and lively Fancy, temper'd with Discretion and Prudence; and what was more valuable than all these, great Stridness of Life, and an excellent Talent at Recommending Piety to Young Persons, which is a peculiar Art; few knowing how to cloath Religion in its True Dress, most making it rather a Burthen than a Pleasure to Beginners, so as ra
ther to frighten them from it, than engage : them to love it. * This Gentleman, Mr. Bonnell, very happily · Instructed, making the most Difficult parts of Learning, Plain and Easy to him; but his Principal Aim was, to give Young Mr. Freeman right Notions of Religion and Virtue ;
ni which he not only endeavour'd in his constant ols Conversation with him, but for His use Comali pos’d many Pious Meditations, with short ReEdi Rexions and Advices upon the daily Occur. ch is rences of Life. EN: He continu'd in Mr. Freeman's Family till Goes into xu the Year 1678, and then went with his Pupil Holland with goul into Holland, and stay'd near a Year in Sir Le- Mr, Free, optu oline Jenkins's Family at Nimeguen very much man. ad al to his Satisfaction. From Nimeguen he went in 21 in the Emballadors Company through Flanet ders and Holland, and so return'd for England.
From that time he continu'd with his Pupil till To the Year 1683, when Mr. Freeman was sent elf into France and Italy. In 1684, Mr. Bonnell wat went into France, and met Mr. Freeman at bis Lions; and in His Company Visited several -un- Parts of France : And so great was his Tender;? nessand Concern for Mr. Freeman,that he being
taken Dangerously Ill of the Small-Pox at Tours,
that Distemper, tho''twas what he never had ; cing and upon his being able to use them, supply'á
him with many Excellent Meditations, and of En ten join'd with him in Prayers and Thanksour givings for his Recovery. 13 By bis Prudent Behaviour, and Ingenions 3. Conversation at Nimeguen, he procur'd Sir
Leoline Jenkin's Esteem and Friendship, who bil in his Letters to Mr. Freeman's Father, highly of Applauded Mr. Bonnell's Conduct, and was his ever ready to serve him with his Interest at tie Court, when his Affairs required it. And, be; with Respect to his Pupil Mr. Freematia
never' Man took truer Pains to Instruct and Accomplish him,to Improve him with Knowledge, and Adorn him with Piety; so he con. tinually reap'd new Satisfactions from the Success of his Labours; but chieffy the most De : lightful Part of them, his Endeavours to give Mr. Freeman a Right Sense of his Duty to God, and fix the Impressions of Religion in his Mind. They frequently join'd together in s Prayer, and every Day their Devotions fed the way to their Studies; the Te Deum and some other Psalms being the first Business of it. And i tho he kept Mr. Freeman Close to these Exercises, yet he manag'd them fo, as that they might not prove Uneasy to a Youthful Mind. And to this Day Mr. Freeman retains a most Grateful Sense of Mr. Eonnells Care of him, and has own'd in the kindest manner since his Death, That it was his Prudent Management and Good Inftruktions, which kept him from follom.ng many Ill Examples of great Looseness and Imo kide morality:: and hindred him from running into 01 many Mischiefs be shou'd kardly otherwise bave avoided: That when he was absent from him, he constantly re-minded him by Letter, of his former King good Inftru&tions; which had the greater Imprel- tie fions on bim, a's knowing they were meant in great Kindness. . .
. . And no doubt, Mr. Freeman will always to Reflect with Pleasure, on the Advantages he la Enjoy'd by Mr. Bonnell's Conversation and me Example so many Years; will consider how Invaluable a Blessing that was, and what reafon he has to Praise God for it; lince such an
Instructor, and fo Faithful a Friend, might have preserv'd many Men (had they been so happy as he was ) from those Fatal Miscartiages which have ended in their Ruine: And
that therefore he lies under particular Obli. | gacions to God, for fo Diftinguishing a Mark i of his Favour and Goodness; which I am pera
swaded, he will always anfwer, by following the Instructions, and imitating the Life of his Excellent Friend.
Were the Generality of our Gentry, Bless’d with Instructor's of Mr. Bonnell's Temper and Piety; his Gravity, Prudence, and Holy Life ; with those who are acquainted (as he was) with the Methods of Gentile Conversation, can Dive into a Young Gentleman's Genius, and rightly form his Mind, we shou'd soon see a happy Change in their Principles and Lives: Religion would have their first and Principal Regard ; and it would be no part of their Character, to be Vicious or Prophane. Such ought to be Enquir'd after, for this Noble Trut, toho are not narrow in their Fortunes, nor servile in their Natures, and have had a Generous Education Themselves ; such whose Presence čarries Awe along with it, and whose Lives are fit to be made Patterns to their Pupils. And when such excellent Persons are found, they are to be Treated in such a manner, as may bring both their persons and Emo ployments into Etteem and Credit ; as may plainly shew, that They and their Labours are highly Priz'd and Valu’d. By this means the greatest Truft in the Common-Wealth, and