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TAmes Bonnell, Esq; was born at Geroa the Mr. Bonnell's
14th of November 1653. He was Son Birth and (by Rebecca Daughter of Thomas Sayer Familya
near Norwich, Esq; ) to Samwel Bonnell, Merchant, who resided some time at Genoa, " B
and many years at Leghorn, where the great Trade he carry'd on, bis Sweet and Obliging Behaviour, but especially the Piety and Inte. grity of his Life, procur'd him great Credit and Esteem. His Grandfather was Daniel Bonnell of London, Merchant, His Great Grandfather Thomas Bonnell, A Gentleman of a Good Family near Ipres in Flanders, who to avoid Duke D'Alva's Fury then cruelly Pero fecuting the Protestants in the Low Countries, Transported Himself and his family into England, and settled at Norwich; where he was so well Receiv'd, and fo much Esteem'd, as to be afterwards chosen Mayor of that City : Thus a Zeal for Religion professed in its greatest Purity, was Mr. Bonnell's Hereditary Virtue; what he deriv'd from his Ancestors, and constantly maintain's himself in times of greate
est Difficulty and Danger. His Father's Samuel Bonnell, Father of fames Bonnell, af.
ter being Bred up under Sir William Cour. t'een, Knight, one of the greatest Merchant's of his Time, and for some time Entrusted with the sole Management of his Affairs, apply'd himself to the Italian Trade at Leghorn, which he did with such Success, that about the Year 1649, he was worth at least Ten Thousand Pounds, and his Credit much greater than his Fortune: But both were foon Impair'd by several Accidents, by great Lolfes at Sea, but particularly by his Zeal for the Royal Family, of whore Sufferings he ever had a most Ten. der Senie, and whom he privately supplied with considerable Sums of Money. And there
yet yet remain Letters to him from the then Queen Mother, King, Crarles the Second, and his Brother the Duke of York, Acknowledging his fast Friendship to thein, and the Supplies they had jo seasonably receiv'd from him, and recoma mending Mr. Killigrew io him, whom they sent to promote their Interests in those parts. All the Losses and Misfortunes which befel him, he bore with great Submission to the Will of God; and Compos'd many Devout Meditations upon thole Melancholly Occasions, which yet remain among his Sons Papers; most of which were for his Wife's use, and sent to her when he was forc'd to be Absent from her: And both those Papers, and the Informations of some who knew him, particularly the Reverend Mr. Strype, Minister of Low-Leyton, near London, Nephew to Samuel Bonnell, and his Son's constant Friend, do all concur in this, That he was a Man of great Sweetness of Temper, Sincerę Virtue, and Exemplary Piety.
About the Year 1655, Samuel Bonnell Re- His Father mov'd with his family into England; and up- Settles in on the Restoration of the Royal Family, the England, and Services he had done them, and his known is made Ac-, Abilities for such an Employment, procur’d.com him a Patent to be Accomptant General of the me
heneral in Ireo
landa Revenue of Ireland, his Son's Life being Inclu. ded in the Parent with his own. But this he was not long posers'd of, for he Dy'd in the Dies Year 1664, leaving his Son James Bonnell and One Daughter to the Care of his Wife, a Wo.
man of singular Piety and Prudence, both · which the employed in the Education of her
Services he haion of the Rind; and up
Son, chiefly in giving a right Tindure to his Mind, and seasoning it with the Love of Virtue and Religion.
After he had been Instructed in the first Rudiments of Learning in Dublin, he was sent co Trym-School, and committed to the Care of the Reverend Doctor Tenison, now Lord Bishop of Meath ; by whose Instructions he equally Improv'd in Learning and Religion ; and so great sense had he of his Masters Kind. ness and Care, that he mentions it more than once in his private Papers, with very grateful Acknowledgments: And his Lordhip doch still remember with Pleasure, Mr. Bonnell's early Accomplishments, and was pleas'd lately thus to express himself to me by Letter concerning him; He then signaliz'd himself for Smeetness of Humour and Good Nature, and was from a Child of a most Innocent and Gentile Behaviour, never inclin'd to any Vice, but strictly Religions, and extraordinary Ingenious: And made such great Progress in his Studies, that he went early to the University, and acquired a great deal of Learning in a short time, as I found when he return'd to this Kingdom and came to Vific me.
But as Mr. Bonnell, through the whole course of his Life, was chiefly remarkable for his great Piety; so it is the History of his Piety the Reader is here chiefly to expeet; and tho I shan’t omit any of the Material Pallages of his Life, yet I shall principally enlarge upon his Piety: And that took very early Poseslion of his Heart, and prevented the Suggesti ons of Satan, and Temptations of the World.
amon rom the begin of Piety. Lordicht them no fra
The First Books he read with Pleasure, were those of Devotion ; and the Care of his Parents and Instructors was so Bless d by the Grace of God, that he set out betimes in the way to Heaven; prosecuted his Journey with indefatigable Diligence, and persever'd in it to the Last.
And that Mr. Bonnell's Piety was of this early Growth, I shall sew by inserting here at large, his own Account of it, which I find among his Private Papers.
From the Beginning of my Life (says he) "I had a great Sense of Piety. Lord ! My Cor-Witten An
rupcions I had from Nature, I brought them no 1675. in I with me into the World ; this was thy the Twenty • Grace, thy Gift, thy Undeferv'd Favour. De
Undebruin Fovou i Second Year of (remember the great Delight I took in Read- "is ' ing Books of Devotion at Ten Years Old, and said then to my Mother, If we were as Hcly as David bow Happy shou'd me be? At Eleven
Years Old, I us’d to get up from my Bed-fela ' lows on Sunday Mornings, to say the Prayers <for that Day out of the Practice of Piety,(which I was sent me as a Token from a Friend, and o which I was pleas'd with, as an Invaluable
Present.) At Twelve I remember I found it · Difficult at Waking to begin with God, (as "the Praćtice of Piety directs) and therefore I
Writ out the Words which are there pro< pos'd to be said, and put them under my
Pillow, to have them ready at Waking. At k Thirteen I had read several Books of Piety < and Devotion. In the Perusal of the Pra
Etice of Piety, I was pleas'd with the Proposal of a Methodical course of Religion, and