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LONDON, Přinted and Sold by Joseph Downing in Bar

tholomerp-Clofe near Smithfield. 1707.





TOUCHING THIS Sermon and its Subject.

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1 and Preach'd in much hast; My Dear Friend's Death being a great Surprise to Me, who was then but just come up from my Home, into the City, and very full of Business, which bad been as Unexpected as it was of Concern. ment 10 me. From such haft and discomposure it necessarily came to pass, that I could neither do the numerous Congregation 1 was to Preach 10, that Service; nor the Deceased, that Juftice, which I willingly would have done to both. But having endeavoured what I could, in those Çircumstances, and finding my poor Performance accepted ; I could not deny a copy of it (fuch as it was) to the importunity of fome, whose Grief and Weakness suffer d them not to be Hearers: Nor do I think it Reasonable now, at the Instance of the same Persons, to withstand the Publication of it; which is but a poor Duty

to the Memory of one, whom I Lovd so highly, and kinem so well. · I am heartily glad to see a more perfe&t Dee lineation of this great Example, from the hand of one, who had more time, and better Informations, than could then be obtaind by me. And however fome may think, that both the Author of the foregoing Life, and my Self, have set our Deceased Friend's Character above what there was real ground for ; I must take the Liberty facredly to Proteft, that I think we have both hitherto, come short of his Intrinsic Worth. · Had I not had a very high Sense thereof, I flould not have chosen the Text I have made use of, for the Discourse at bis Funeral: My First Subjeet would not have answered my Second: But I truly believed that if ever Soul on Earth, felt it self United to that Glorious Company of the Spirits of Just Men made perfect above, His Soul did. I had bad for several Tears,(as of 'ten as we could meet,) moft Intimate Conver. fation with him; and when we were diftant from one another, no less conftant Correspondence by Letters: And I must profefs I have often been warmed, and almost Transported, even by his Letters, as well as bis Discourse : Nor have I, among the many Acquaintances I have had. met with any of lo devout and beavenly a Spia rit; one Person only excepted, who I hope is yet in the Land of the Living; and, I pray God, be tong may be fo.

I can scarce think there is any serious unpreju. diced Person, that, but in a Tolerable Degree, knet Mr. Bonnell, who must not say, if he


be true to his own sense of things, that His Cone versation was in Heaven, in every (even tbe stricteft) Sense of the Phrase. He was truly a Citizen of the New Jerusalem. His Temper, bis Discourse, (tban which commonly there is nothing more shews the Abundance of the Heart) His whole Life, and all his Ations; his way of Converfing in the World, and in a fort, bis very Meen, bespoke him such. A sweet and unaffe&ted Contempt of this World, appear'd in bis Behaviour. As far as I have been able to See or Learn, in all the opportunities he had to enrich himself (which were not a few) Momcy neither stuck to his Fingers, nor his Heart. He liv'd in the midft of much Business, (and the greatest part of it very troublesome) with a Mind full of composedness; with Affections free frons being Intangled by earthly concernments, or the secret Witchcraft of Seen and Sublunary Goods,

His Soul was above the Frowns of Great ones, as well as the Careffes of the Common fort ; Faith. ful to all, in what was their true Interest. His singular Prudence and Dexterity in managing that great and necefl'ary (though most difficult and commonly unwelcome) Office of Reproof has been touched by the Hand I before mentioned. I could relate some happy Instances, thereof, did not the Circumstances of some Survivor make it Inconvenient. .

. I will add thereto, the mention of only one on sher Holy Art, which he was as Great á Mester of, as any I have known. Let the Company wherein he was, be talking of whatsoever they bape pened to fall on; He would without Affectation,


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