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towards God, Sober and Temperate our
selves, but useful to the World. It secures
our Hands from Violence, and Blood; our
Tongues from Falshood and Slander, and
our Hearts from Fraud and Cruelty ; it
renders us Faithful in every Trust; Firm
to every Promise : Sincere in all our Pro-
fessions ; Peaceable in our Stations ; Chari.
table to the Needy, and the most valuable
Members of Society. Without these happy
Effects of Religion, 'tis Superstitious and
False, Hypocritical and Vain. But Mr. Bon-
nell's Piety, when examin'd by this, or any
other Teit, will appear to be True, Genu-
ine, and sincere.
None cou'd be more Exact in every part of

His Fustice Justice. He had many Opportunities of and inte

S of and Integrity. Improving his Fortune, and met with Temptations, which few, but himself, wou'd have resisted. But tho' he dispatch'd all, who had Business with him, in the most obliging manner, and with great readiness ; yet he never knew, what Gratuity or Reward meant; confining his Gains entirely to his Salary, and never allowing the Importunity or Gratitude of any, to force Pecuniary ACknowledgments upon him. And when at one time, Three Pieces of Broad Gold, and a Guinea or Two at another, were left upon his Table, by Persons whom he had highly Oblig'd; he gave the Money all away, among those who had formerly been Officers in the Custom-t'ouse, and were then in Want; and acquainted his Friends with his Reasons

Obligable; by wo at of Broz


o many, ich ftriathy he all

for being so Scrupulous.He own'd he had

done Services to many, in getting their Bu(siness Dispatch’d, which striatly deserv'd ' considerable Rewards; but shou'd he allow * bimself to take them, he did not know ' how far such a Practice might prove a • Snare to him; might Tempt him to be (Unfaithful in his Office ; and Biass him

from his Duty: And that therefore the surest way to be Protected from all Bribery, was to keep it at a distance; and never ailow himself to take any thing, but < just what the King allow'd him; lest

any approaches to that Sin, however co'ver'd with Specious Pretences, might give can Advantage to Satan, to Betray him in

to it. And he told his Friends farther,

that the reason of this Declaration was, ( that his Principle might be in some mea< sure known ; that so he might be better carm'd against Gifts, and Presents; and ' neither Tempted to accept, nor put to the " Trouble of Denying them.

These were his Principles and Practices built upon the solid Foundations of Justice and Piety, and that noble Faith which overcometh the World. None ever complain'd who had Business with him that Money was necessary to procure Dispatch, or that Difficulties were Impos'd upon them, which Presents ( another name for Bribes) remov’d. " How different was his Behaviour from that which is complain'd of as too common in the World, and how few are proof against


e armi her Tempenying thiples

Temptations, which he not only conquer'd but despis’d? Were all who are employ'd in Offices of Trust, acted by his Fidelity and contempt of unlawful Gain, we shou'd noc hear so many Complaints as we do, of the Publick's being defrauded ; just and honest Causes wou'd not miscarry through the Po. verty, nor unjust ones succeed through the wealth and Power of those who maintain them ; but Justice wou'd flow in regular Channels, and be equally dispers’d to the Poor and Rich,

And so well was Mr. Bonnell's Character, Orphans frea for Justice and Integrity, Establish'd, that qrently como the Fortunes of Orphans, were frequently 1.

mitted to committed to his Management and Care;"

him. A Trust which he never declin'd, and always Discharg'd with a niost Conscientious Tenderness, which is a great Instance of his Charity,as well as Justice.

Nor was his Justice to Mens Fortunes, stricter than to their Character, and Fame. He rarely touch'd so nice a Thing as Reputation; and did it always with a Christian Temper and Tender Hand. But nothing like Detraction, was observ'd in his freest Conversation. He excus’d Mens Failings, as far as was Reconcilable with Christian Prudence and Sincerity; and put the best comment upon every Action it cou'd bear : And what he cou'd not Justifie, he wou'd pass lightly over. Not but that he was above that Ridiculous Complaisance of Applauding, every Person, and every Action, how



worthlefs soever the One or the Other might be: He was Blessed with too discerning a Genius, for such gocd natur'd Folly. Yet OA the other hand, none made greater Allowances for Humane Nature; for the various Tempers and Educations of Men; and he was feldom so severe on any as himself. His Conversation was not four'd, with Constant and Melancholly Complaints of the Impieties of the Age; and Railing at those Freedoms of Life, which tho’ he did not Praetise himself, yet he wou'd not condemn as Crimes, in those who us’d them. And as this is a Temper, very Excellent in it self; since it proceeds from that Charity, which Hopeth, Believeth, and Endureth all Things: So it is the more to be valued, because the want of it, has been complaind of, in Men of very Itrict Lives: Some Religious Severities, perhaps, disposing Men to Melancholly, and hard Thoughts of those who don't deny themselves every liberty, they have a dislike to. But with Mr. Bonnell, it was quite otherwise; he Rejoiced, when he cou'd speak well of any: And when he was forc'd to discommend, 'twas always done with Concern and Regret.

Equal to his Justice was his Charity, which like that of Heaven, Rejoic'd in doing Good to All. He had a true Concern for the Souls of Men: He Contemplated, so constantly, the amazing Love of our Saviour to Mankind, with his Bitter Sufferings to Redeem their souls ; that he was Acted, with some



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Degree of his Infinite Love, and Burn'd
with his Heavenly Flame. No Man in his
Station, cou'd take more Pains, to give all
he convers'd with, a true Relish of Piery
and Religion. He was continually differ-
sing good Books among young People, his
Clerks, and Servants, and Poor Families;
which he seconded with such constant In-
structions, npon all fitting Occasions, deli-
ver'd with such Kindness and Concern, as
cou'd not fail, of making great Impressions
upon many of them.

The same Divine Charity to the Souls of To the Af
Men, shew'd it felf, in his great and con- flicted.
stant Endeavours, to Direct and Comfort
those, who labour'd under Troubles and
Discontents of Mind. He had a very hap-
py Way of Calming uneasy Thoughts, and
Quieting disturbid Consciences. And in no
Work did he employ himself, with greater
Readiness or Success. For some Years, his
spare Hours, especially upon the Lord's Day,
were very much given to the Scrupulous and

Disconfolate; with whom, what he said, had 2. very great Weight; not only because he de

liver'd himself with great Clearness and Judg-
ment; but also because they were always
willing to be Convinc'd and Persuaded by
him, from the Opinion they had of his Sin-
cerity and Kindness; for he treated Afficted
Persons, with great Tenderness and Com-
passion. He first felt their Pains, before he
attempted their Cure; and Wept with them,
that with him they inight afterwards Re.

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