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unacquainted with our concern to promote their happiness; yet they are men, they are brethren of the human race: agreeable to that saying, God hath made of one blood all nations of men.-Few of them, indeed, can either speculate on our conduct respecting a melioration of their state, or pray for us; yet they are no less the proper objects of our benevolence, but rather deserve a greater degree of compassion on that account.
As it is our design at this time to make a collection for promoting the general design of that worthy Society, which has existed for some years in this metropolis, in order to effect the Abolition of the Slave Trade, I would earnestly exhort you to make a liberal contribution for their assistance. The members of that benevolent Society have done worthily. They deserve the assistance and the thanks of every friend to moral justice, and to humanity. Let us therefore endeavour to strengthen their hands, and to promote the righteous cause in which they are united: not doubting but the wisdom, the rectitude, and the benevolence of our British legislature will ere long be manifested, in totally abolishing the English commerce in man; and in providing for the gradual emancipation of Negro Slaves in our West India islands.
To conclude, my Brethren, as each disinterested individual that is tolerably well informed respecting the subject before us, and maturely reflects upon it, cannot but detest both the trade and the slavery against which I plead; so every one is bound, by the authority of God, and by the regard which is due to his own immortal interests, to guard against every corruption within, and every temptation with
out, that would render him a slave to sin. Because it is possible for a man to be just, kind, and humane to his fellow-creatures; while he is under the power of strong disaffection to God, and a subject of Satan's dominion. Having the love of God shed abroad in our hearts, and possessing the liberty of righteousness, it would be incomparably better for us, after having been bought and sold like beasts, to be slaves in the West Indies; than to enjoy all the liberties of British subjects, and to continue under the dominion of our own depravity. For, whatever may be our situation as to secular bondage, if we do but possess peace in our consciences through atoning blood, and freedom from the power of corruption through regenerating grace, we are the freemen of Christ, and heirs of immortal glory,
BEING THE SUBSTANCE OF
OCCASIONED BY THE
DEATH OF MISS ANN WILLIAMS:
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE, SEPT. 24, 1772,
WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS, THROUGH HIM THAT LOVED US.
Rom. viii. 37.
1 CORINTHIANS XV. 55, 56, 57.
O death! where is thy sting? O grave! where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ!
THE Sovereign Disposer of all events, having lately deprived us of a worthy member and an amiable young Sister, by the relentless hand of death; I shall, at the request of her honoured relatives, attempt an improvement of the striking words I have now read, for our spiritual edification and mutual comfort. And O, that a divine blessing may attend our meditations, on so important a part of sacred writ! That while we remember the death of our much-esteemed friend, we may not forget our own: and while we reflect on that sweet serenity and lively hope, with which she met her last enemy; it may be our steady concern and unspeakable happiness, to enjoy the same heavenly consolation, and be ready for the same solemn event.