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ty Seventh Years of his Age : A Time of Life too commonly given up to Sensuality and Va. nity. But here we see a Young Man instead of Indulging himself in Folly and Pleasure, Bemoaning and Confessing his Sins, earnestly Praying for Grace to resist every Temptati-. on, and taking more Pains to fit his soul for appearing at the Lord's Table, than others at that Age usually do to Cloath and Adorn their body's. The following Confession and Prayer, Written on Whitfon Eve in the Twenty Sixth Year of his Age, will sufficiently confirm what I say.

O my God, I know I am unworthy, and I believe I am much more; I see my Sins to

be very great, but when thou shalt open ' mine Eyes, (as I humbly entreat thee) I shall I see them much greater. I who had under. ' taken the highest Degree of Holiness find my

self not only to have come short of thy Righteousness, but to have run too much the ' other way. 'Tis true thy Merciful Provi"dence still raises me up, and sets me in the

way of Returning to thy Favour, neverthe

less my Sins cease not to be such,nor confusi" on to overspread my Soul. 'Tis too much " that I, whom thou hast Fed with thy Self,

should do so : But too too much that i should again present my self before Thee, to

have that Honour repeated upon me, and I § with all my Load of Sin, to receive the & Assurances of being made for ever happy $ with thee. My Soul flyes back from this ? Honour in the sense of my great Unwor


the thiness; but while methinks I hear Thee cry *. ' to it, as thou didit to Peter, If I wasla thee not d thou hast no part in me, I dare not refuse:

"I resolve then to force my self into thy Pree fence with all my Blushes and my Guilt,

I knowing if Thou dost not Feed me I have i no part in Thee : But Lord, I must come in a

'Dress fitting my Condition; not in a Gaw1 dy Wedding Robe, such as thy Happy Childe dren Triumph in, but in a Mourning Veil, 1. such as becomes one who is Widow'd of his 1 Innocence. Under this will I fhrowd my

'my self, with this will I hide my Guilty ! Blushes while I wait upon Thy folemnity. 10 'I will creep behind Thee my Saviour, and

find out thy Feet to wash with my Tears; and if I must needs partake of thy Feast, it

shall be only such Crumbs as fall from thy ( Table. I will not presume to reach my (Hand to the Royal Mess, nor serve my self ( with the Glorious Assurances of being uni

ted to Thee for ever, who am such sinful

"Duft and Ashes: But for this time it shall - " be enough and too much for me to find that - .:: Thou wilt be graciously ready to accept of

me upon my Repentance and Amendment, avoiding all Sin, and that there is a way open through the Wounds of my Saviour for my Admission to thy Mercy. Lord, Thou "art Privy to this whole Discourse, and Judgceft the sense of my Heart with which it is " Spoken; O Graciously pardon what thou

feest amiss in it, more than I can discern, and according to the appearing Integrity of


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it, to the utmost of what I my self can judge, « bé Intreated by me, thy poor servant, to

shew good unto me, and to strengthen me in thy Ways, according as I (unfeignedly) desire to walk in them.

Lord, if such a wretch as I might have '" leave to Expostulate with Thee, if Dust and " Ashes might have leave to speak to thy Ma" jesty, and a Sinner to Argue with his God; ' since such Desires to serve Thee are agreea

ble to thy Will, and pleasing in thy sight, ' and since thou art of Power sufficient to pre

serve those who are thus Devoted to the ' height of their Desires. Why may not my

humble Prayers now be heard, that I may ( be so strengthen’d with thy Grace from this

Moment, that I may proceed and go forward in all well doing, from Grace to Grace,

perfecting Holiness in thy Fear, and being • never more Guilty of any wilful Sin against 'Thee my God! But thus have I humbly en"treated of thy Majesty before, and with the

like seeming sincerity, to my own sense, as ' I now do, yet hast thou thought fit to let ç me sometimes fall: Looking forward, I see

still that my Life Depends on thy Favour; ' and that I muft Peris without thy Divine ' upholding. What can I do more, than thus • humbly to entreat thy Majesty, what can I • do more than to Fly to Thee, who I see " hast the Custody of all my Ways? 'Tis true "I am not to expect that any one Prayer should

last me for my whole Life, or that this petition now shou'd acquit me from waiting


ing Holin doing, Proceed ance from

like feemit thy Majesty befuave I humbly

"sound us to all I con Heart, and on and

upon Thee each Day for the same thing in li'due Form: But canst thou refuse any one

Prayer that is faithfully poured forth before "Thee in the Name of thy Dear Son for a " Thing agreeable to thy Will ? Hear then

this my humble Request, O Lord my God, 'according as I unfeignedly Desire to pour it • forth before Thee: Let me have Grace to 'serve Thee ; Let me be Delivered from all 'Sin and occasions of falling ; Let me have 'Grace to wait upon Thee with never cea"sing Diligence in well-doing, with humble

constant and earnest Prayer: Let me proceed in Holiness, Exemplariness, and all

Christian Graces ; make me both Inwardly į found in respect of my self, and outwardly 1. Influential to all I converse with ; that thy

Grace may be in my Heart, and on my Tongue, in my Looks, and in my Eyes, and shine bright in all my Actions. Deliver me from Temptations and offer'd Occasions ' of Falling, and may it please Thee, for Je

sus sake, to establish my Soul in such Truth,

as it may not go to seek out for it self op'portunities of Sinning, that it may be esta oblished in thy Fear and thy Love, and that

I may be preserv'd ever more in perfect In

tegrity and Honesty of Heart before Thee 'my God. This is it which I humbly beg,

and if I want Faith, it is because I know • my self unworthy to receive : But my hum

ble request being agreeable to thy Heavenly Will, I am bold to Assure my Soul, I shall not go wholly without an Answer, Amen. Comes for Ire- In the Year 1684, Mr. Bonnell leaving Mr. U land and en- Freeman in France, came directly from thence ters upon his into I eland, and took his Employment of AcOffice of Ac-comptant General into his own hands, which comptant Geo had been since his Fathers Death, manag’d by neral.

Others for his Use. This is an Office of much Business, and great Trust; in the discharge of which, he was so remarkably Diligent and Faithful, fo Dexterous in Dispatch, and so ready to oblige, that he soon equally gain'd the Esteem of the Government, and the Love

of all who were concern'd with him. Is desirous to But as Religion ever had the principal quit' all Secu-fway in his Affections, so a mighty zeal for lar Employ- that, a contempt of this World, and a Mind ments.

rais'd above its perishing concerns, had before this time given him strong desires of quitting all Secular Employments, and dedicating himself entirely to the service of God; It cou'd be no Worldly consideration which suggested that thought to him ; for the Temporal Advantages of his Office, were greater than what he cou'd have expected in a long time, from any Ecclesiastical Preferment; and his Station was besides, of sufficient Dignity and Credit. But in things relating to God, he conferrd not with Flesh and Blood; and no thing hindred him from actually entring into Holy Orders, but the consideration that his Employment was a great Trust, and that he must render an Account to God, not only for his Discharge of it, but for the Hands into which he shou'd put it: A Man of knowledge and Sufficient skill, but chieflywho had establishd

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