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science was concern’d, and always paid a great Regard to his Judgment.
And indeed so well was the Character of his Excellencies confirm'd among us, so generally was he Known, Esteem'd, and Lov'd in Ireland; fo Inoffensive was his Life, so free from Censure, or Blame; that I believe no Private Man was ever more Lamented. All Professions joyn’d in Testifying their Concern at his Death. It was look'd upon as a general Loss; and many who had never
Personally known him, Bewail'd it. His Behavi. If we consider Mr. Bonnell with respect to cur to his fe-his several Relations, we shall find him an veral Relatie excellent Pattern in every Duty, arising from 0733,
them. As he had been blessed with Reli
gious Parents, fo he ever acknowledg'd his Parents,
Obligations to their Pious Care. They began betimes to form his Mind to Religion : And as their Endeavours were so Bless'd from Above, that they made him a sincere Servant to God; fo of Consequence, a Dutiful Son to themselves. Thus in one place he speaks of his parents, some Years before his Marriage.
'My Chiefest Benefaétress on Earth, is my 'Mother ; She hath brought me to Heaven:
And Blelled be the Memory of my Father, which hath Influenc'd my Life, I have no ° Children to Bequeath these Blessings to, let "them Descend upon all the Faithful Chil. 'dren of Abraham; and diffuse themselves
the more, for not being confin'd to a Single Line, till after many Descents, they shall
come ecome at last, to meet themselves at the 'great Day of Jubilee. O all ye that love
God this is iny Legacy! The Blessing De'scended on me from my Father and Mother, 'I leave among you.
If we consider Mr. Bonnell either as a Son Governours: of the Church, or a Subject of the State ; * he had all those Qualities, which, were they * Universal, wou'd render our Church and
Countrey Flourishing and Happy. He pur,
If we consider him as a Husband, no Man ylifei
calling daily upon her, to join in Prayers and Praises to God with him
His Servants he treated with the same Civility, as if they had serv'd Him out of Good Will, and not for Maintenance and Reward. And when they were Sick, he behav'd himself to them, rather as a Father, than a Mafter ; omitting no Expence, nor Care which were necessary for their Recovery; And not only providing for their Bodies both in Health and Sickness, but being a Faithful Instructor and Monitor to their Souls. And those who had been his parents Servants, or Attended him in his childhood, and at School, were ever after the Objects of his Charitable Kindness: He Supported them when in Want, and took care of their Children, when they cou'd do nothing for them. .
In a Word, all his Friends and Relations, all who desired, or any way needed his Help, he study'd to Allist and Relieve ; Treating them with the most obliging Civi. lity ; Comforting them, when in Affliction or Trouble; Reproving them, when in Sin ; and Supplying them, when in Want : And all this without any other View or Design, than the conscientious Discharge of his own Duty; and that by all the Services he was able to do them, he might engage them in the Service of his Great Master, and make thein his Fellow-Candidates for Heaven.
I have thus given a Faithful, tho' Imperfeet Representation of Mr. Bonnell's Virtues, and am perswaded that the picture hears
fome Resemblace to its Original, whatever
his own masterly Hand. And no doubt the Go Whole will sufficiently convince us, That WA his Piety and Goodness were of a Strain very
rarely to be met with ; and that the more id we make him our Rule and Pattern, both in 3 Religious and Civil Life, the nearer we shall come to Perfection.
And now to give his Character in short. en Mr. Bonnell, like another Samuel, seems to His I have been consecrated to God from the
Eer. % Womb, and to have had his first Dawnings * of Reason inlightned by Grace. He made
early and quick Improvements in Knowledge live and Learning, greater in Religion and Piety.
He began his Journey to Heaven in the
constant in its Course, than They : Prayer was the Entertainment of his Health, and Support of his Sickness, his greatest Delight and Joy. He saw clearly through the Vanity of Life, and wisely consider'd how shortliv'd and unsatisfying all its Pleasures are ; and therefore propos'd to himself a Nobler End; and by an active Faith, look'd beyond the Grave. There he saw Joys which can never fail ; upon which he entirely fix'd his Heart, and all the Bent of his Desires; and continued constant at every Duty, which might help him forward towards the happy Mansions of Eternal Pleasures..
In his Conversation, there was an easie Cheerfulness, mix'd with a Religious Grae: vity, something that commanded and please! at once : And in all his Actions, in his Meen and Behaviour there appear'd an hnmble Modesty, a Natural Openness and sincerity: Nothing that was dark or designing, assu. ming or vain, positive or Morose ; but all Plainness, Gentleness, Meekness. He labour'd with great Application, to bring his Passions to a ready Submission, to the Dia Etates of Grace and Reason; and by the hap. py Methods he us’d, gain'd a mighty Conquest over them. He fix'd them upon proper Objects, and kept them within narrow Bounds: Or, if he ever allowed them greater Liberty, it was when, warmed by an active Zeal, he endeavour'd the Advancement of Piety, and the Suppression of Vice.