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This makes them prize the Mercy and praise ? Him for it. O my God, I see many of thy • Servants in conscience of their duty, expose

themselves to hazard in this place; I have also a duty here ; Thy Providenee has continu'd it on me; The present season indeed does acquit me from attending it for some time; But shou'd I not by removing, be a discouragement to thy Servants who are oblig'd to stay here? Lord, thou hast ordered and govern'd my whole Life hitherto, and every circumstance of it; I know I am now

under Thy Protection and Care; I know ? Thou art not unmindful of me, (pardon

my unworthiness to assure my self To,) O keep my Eyes fted fast upon Thee and upon

the Indications of Thy Will and Providence, ' that I may not be forward to do any thing • of my own Head, least I put my self out of • the way of thy Mercy and Protection. Thy People in the Wilderness, were not to stir < till the Cloud began to remove before them. ! Let me attend the motions of Thy Provi• dence with a constant Eye lifted up to Thee; ' if Thou callest me from hence, (by any Providence) let me go in obedience to thy Will. If Thou requirest me to stay here, and bear thy good Servants company, (for

thy suffering Servants are the purest of thy • Flock,) let me stay in obedience to the same

Will, and dispose my self to bear with them, the issues of thy pleasure upon us, that we máy glorify Thee by Life or by Death, or whatsoever thou shalt ordain to us. Hear ine, O Gracious Lord, in the multitude of E 2

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Will, and to receive the decrees of Thy In' finite Wisdom concerning me; prepare ( me always for thy Holy Presence, and ( whether I Live or Dye, let me be ever ' Thine. Grant the same Mercy to all Thy į Distresled Servants in this place; and as

Thou hast visited us with one common

trouble, so unite us in Thy fear,and make us o partake of the same Grace and Mercy : Lord

be Glorified in us, and let our Souls find ac

ceptance with thee,through the beloved our ' Lord Jesus Christ and only Advocate. Amen,

And least any inward Remorse might shock his Dependance upon God, I find himabout that time particularly diligent, to set all matters right between God and his Soul,that being the true Foundation of confidence in Publick Trou. bies. To this purpose is the following Meditation written upon Christmas-Day in the Morning, that very Year of Disorder and Confusion.

God hath said, In Quietness and Confidence shall be your Strength. But who can have

Confidence in God ? St. John hath told us, ' Hemhose Heart condemns him not. And who " is the happy Man whose Heart condemns ' him not ? St. Paul, by a reasonable Inference,

tells us, He that alloweth not himself in any

thing which he condemneth, (Rom. 14. 22.) " Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that

thing which he alloweth. And again, Hebio 18, (19. Where there is Remission of Sins, we have "boldness to enter into the Holiest by the Blood of © Jefus, because the Blood of Jesus Christ clean


? eth us from all Sin. 1 Joh. 1. 7. So then ? the pardon of our Sins gives us this confi. 'dence in God. Come, O my Soul, let us go 'to the Blood of Jesus that we may be cleansed

by it ; that our Body may be made clean by his Body, and our Souls wash'd by his

precious Blood : that we may obtain this ! Confidence, our only means of Strength and ! Support in this time of Danger.

The effect of these Exercises was a Resolution of not attempting to remove from Dublin during the War, whatever Dangers might threaten him there. He had quite different notions of the means of safety from the generality of the World, as you may see by the following Meditation written not long after the former.

It is not always the most fancied place for ' security is indeed the most secure. The

Remnant of Judah after the Captivity I thought Egypt most fecure. Whereas abi'ding in the place where they were, wou'd { have been most secure for them. And the

reason is, because it is God only can make

any placé secure to us. And a quiet Confi? dence in him, arising from an humble walk'ing with him, is the only means to engage ç him to secure our abode to us. If because

of the present Distress St. Paul advised the Coç rinthians not to Marry that they might bec

ter attend upon the Lord without Distraction, '(1 Cor. 7: 35.) the saine reason will hold ' against Projecting Removals, as a thing like• ly to distract our Thoughts in Distressed times, when we most need to have them recol.

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very minute compos'd and ready to lay hold ' on his hand at the appearance of Danger.

Thus armed with confidence in God, Mr. Bonnell waited the issue of our common Dan, gers: And as he put himself into Gods hands, To from God he had Safety and Protection,

and even Liberty during all our Troubles. See a Letter He was continued in his Employment within the Bishop out his desiring it, and 'twas happy for many

SimoreProtestants that he was fo; since whatever he Funeral Ser

receiv'd out of it, he distributed among them with a liberal hand. He fought out Opportunities of Relieving his Needy Brethren, and went about doing good to the Necessitous and Oppress’d. He boldly pleaded for them to those who were then in Power; and ventur'd, without Concern Interest, Favour, and even his necessary Sublistance (so couragious does Piety and Charity make Men) to get the Injur'd Protestants Reliev'd.

And indeed, as Bounty to the Poor was one of those Virtues which always Min’d Eminently in him, tho'none more industrious to conceal it than he, so I find him in more places than one, offering Arguments to himself why he shou'd in those times of Distress be more large in his Alms than he us'd to be at others. I thall here infert two Meditations exciting to Charity, one written in the Year 1688, the other in 1689. The first is as follows.

? Man lives not by Bread alone; much less by ? Goldand Silver;for Bread may maintain one, { when Money can't keep from starving, but

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by every word of God, by his Favour and Blersing ; It is his Command, and giving the Bler: sing that makes any thing Effectual to sustain us. And his command "can make what is left as effectual to sustain Thee, as what thou hast

given away and much more added to it wou'd ( have been. But without his Command, what

abundance can sustain thee? the Rust and che • Canker will eat it up,and thy Riches will make • themselves Wingsand fly away from thee.In' sure then thy Stock in a time of Trouble ..and Danger in the great Insurance Office in < Heaven. It will be done at a reasonable " rate, and all the World cannot give thee ' such security of being answer'd as thou wilt $ find there. Thou wilt certainly find thy • Principal here or hereafter with an hundred • fcld. 'Tis infallibly certain as God is true ; ! As God is God Thou mayît depend upon it.

The other Meditation was written June 19th. 1689.

"This Day being the Publick Fast-Day in England for this Kingdom, had for its se

cond Lesson in the Morning Luke 3d. where- in is Remarkable 7ohn Baptift's Discourse 'to the People. The Ax is laid to the Root of " the Tree: Now no longer to be forborn, \ either immediately to bring forth good ' Fruit or to be cut down: And to the Peo.

ple demanding what they should do ; his An' swer is, He that hath two Coats let him impart ? to him that hath none, and be that hath Meat " let him do likewise. Teaching us that in a ! time of publick Tryal, when matters are

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