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attain to; such as a Gracious Countenance, ' an humble Mien, an Unaffected Modesty, ' and a Chearful and Sincere Frankness in ' Declaring, that we are the Servants of * God, and devoted to Him ;, or speaking

Words, drawn from the Soul of Piety, which amount to such a Declaration as those of the Apostle, If any Man love not

the Lord Jesus, let him be accursed. But then ' these words, must not be borrowed from

others, or even from Scripture it self, but originally our own; for any one may speak good Sentences by roat. There are some Expressions, that tend not so much to fhew (a Devotedness to God, or Resolutions or

Desires to serve him, as our Nearness to 'Him. These are carefully to be avoided ;

for tliey tend too much to heighten a good • Opinion of our selves; are apt to move ' Envy or Censure, and may happen in some measure, to deprive us of that Nearness;

by caiting a little damp upon our Con< sciences, and causing God to withdraw ' His Favours, such are, Accounts of Tran

sports and Elevations that God gives us in his Service; and very endearing Expremions in mentioning of God; as, my

dearest Lord, my Sweet Jesus, my Loving & Father, instead of saying only God; which ' I have heard some Persons use upon too e ordinary Occasions, when one cou'd not well suppose, that they had a present, lively Sense, and Feeling at their Heart, of what they spoke, answerable to the

heigth of the Words : For none can have a Sense in their Hearts, adequate to such

Words as there, but it will put them into <a Transport, which will either express it

self in a Flood of Tears, or in Silence; and hinder them from readily going on with other Talk. There are other Expressions which are the Language of our

Hearts, immediately to God himself: And ¿ it is ill-to use our selves to Speak or Write

these, but when our Hearts indeed go, an long with them, and have intercourse with

God. But it is hard to suppose, when we ? use them too frequently, our Hearts can ? always go along with them: And this

gives Matter of Offence to good People, ? and is a Prejudice to our Selves: For if we use to speak such Words, as ought to

be, spoke, only to God himself, without & speaking them indeed to Him with out

Hearts, it will certainly Indispose our

Hearts, to speak to him in those Words, < when we wou'd. Because we shall get a ! way of speaking such things by roat, and

not be able to discern, when indeed we < speak to God, and when we don't. .

My Conversing with you, has put me s upon speaking and writing more things of

this fort, than I did before; except in my 6 Closet, or in my private Papers ; in which ; I feldom allow'd my self to use any Expres

fion, but what proceeded immediately from my Heart ; or to say my God, instead of God, unless my Heart boild with a fulness,

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6 to Express it self, in those Terms; fo " that I trust, those Papers are the Transcript

of my Heart. But I can't say fo, of all I • have writ to you: Indeed I can't tax my " self with any thing in particular, to the ' contrary: but having writ so much I have < a fear upon me, that something may have

been said rather to the Occasion, than from e the present Sense or Feeling of my mind. • Tho' I do not censure you for this Lan(guage, believing it to proceed from your • Zeal, and the lively Senle you have of God; ( yet this Caution against it, will not be aI miss in the Course of your Life.

It were easie to add other Instances of Mr. Bonnell's Piety, and to enlarge upon these : But I must proceed to consider him with refpect to the Duties we owe to our selves, and our Neighbour; as well as those we owe to

God. Home he per. As to the Duties we owe to our selves, I formod the Du. have shew'd how he discharg'd some of them ties we owe to by what I have faid of his Humility and Meekour selves. ness, Mortification and Self-denial. These

being duties, which in many Instances of Action, have an immediate Reference to our selves; as in others, they have to God and our Neighbour. But the general duty which we are to perform to our selves, and which compreherds all others under it, is a due Regulation and Government of our Passions, and Affections; and none cou'd keep a strict. er watch over these than Mr. Bonnell did : He consider'd humane Nature with great

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James Bonnell Esq; Application and particularly hoviour Passions Act within us, what Feeds and Inflames them; And how they are to be Check'd and Subdu’d, made Governable and Calm. To this purpose he speaks in one place.

"Passions of the Mind are like a Running

Gout ; It is the same Morbific Matter, " that shews it felf, sometimes in the Knee, then in the Elbow; That causes Giddiness in the Head, Sickness in the

Stomach, and Cholicks in the Bowels : It " is the same Morbific matter in the Soul,

(Irregular Passions and Unmortify'd Affe• ctions) that shews it self, sometimes in - Love, sometimes in Aversion; then in

Envy, then in Ambition; sometimes it is Love of Esteem, fometimes of Beauty ; some« times of Riches and Grandure, and abun

dance of like Variety. Seldom above one

of these is Predominant at a time, and then
ç the Party is free from others; and all

commonly is, as the Bodily Temper varies.
These come and go by Fits unaccountably;
but while the foot of the Matter Lives in
C our Hearts, we are still under the Power

of the Disease; which we nourish by things
< that are Pleasing; as we do the Gout, or

Scurvy, by Meats that please our Palate. 6 We seldom contract or encrease these Di. · stempers, by eating of Rhubarb or Aloes ;

but by high Sauses and delicious Meats. < We indulge our pleasing Passions, and they ' <bring us under the smart of the more painful Onęs. Cease to Desire (says Seneca) and

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you will cease to fear. Who shall deliver us from the Body of this Death Thy Cross, co blessed Saviour, is a sufficient Remedy cio all: For who can allow themselves to ' Love, or be overmuch Pleas'd with their

Fellow-Creatures, who stand under the « shadow of this direful Tree? Had not < the Blessed Virgin, and the belov'd Dir

ciple something else to think of, while they stood there, than gratifying their

Minds in worldly Amours ? But we are ' not always to stand there ; it is not requir'd

of us. Yes, while we are in this World, in which our Lord Suffer'd, we are always

to be there, more or less; because we care always to be free from the Slavery of those Affe&ions, from which he dy'd to

fer us free: And to be most there, when "we find our selves in most danger of be

ing pleas'd. For if we keep our felves < from being pleas'd, God hath command' ed Nature, to keep us from being displeas'd. If we mortify for his fake, those

Affections which are pleasing to us, he will C certainly deliver us from those, that only <bring Torment. And they that are Christ's, Chave Crucifi'd the Flesh, with its Affections and « Lusts.. .

To the same purpose, in another place he expresses himself thus.

Ć What a Round do Passions make in our ( miserable Souls ; we fight againft a Dea į sultory Enemy, which shifts and changes as often as we agress it. As the Humours of

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