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fear of man, and love of the world, are the principal fins, by which Satan binds his captives in the fe parts. Materialiím is not rare ; Deifin and Socinianism are very common ; and a set of Free-thinkers, great admirers of Voltaire and Roseau, Bayle and Mirabeau, feem bent upon destroying christianity and govern. ment. “With one hand (said a lawyer, who has written fomething against them) they shake the throne, and with the other, they throw down the altars.” If we believe them, the world is the dupe of kings and priests. Religion is fanatacism and supe ritition. Subordination is Davery and tyranny. Christian morality is abfurd, unatural, and impracticable; and christians. ity the most bloody religion that ever was.
And here it is certain, that by the example of Christians so called, and by our continual disputes they have a great advantage, and do the truth immenfe miichief. Popery will certainly fall in France, in thrs, or the next century ; and I make no doubt, God will use thofe vain men, to bring about a reformation here, as he ufid Henry the Eighth to do that work in England : so the madnels of his enemies shalt, at last, turn to his praise, and to the furtherance of his kingdom.
In the mean time it becomes all lovers of the truth to inake their heavenly tempers, and humble, peace. ful love to Mine before all men, that thofe mighty adverfarie3, teeing the good works of professors, may glorify their Father who is in heaven and no more blalıheme that worthy name, by which we are all called Christians.
If you ask, What fystem these men adopt? I an: fwer, that fome build on Deisin, a 'morality founded on felf-prefervation, self-interest, and self-honour. O. thers laugh at all imorality, except that which being neglected violently disturbs fociety; and external order is the decent covering of Fatalism, while Materialism is their fylten.
O dear Sirs, let me entreat you, in these dangerous days. to use your wide influence, with unabated ztal, against the scheine of these modern Ceitufes, Por. phiries, and Julians ; by calling all profeffors to think and speak the same things, to love and embrace one another, and to stand firmly embodied to refift those daring men : many of whom are already in England, headed by the admirers of Mr. Hume and Mr. Hobbes. But it is needless to say this to thofe who bave made, and continue to make such a stand for vital christianity ; so that I have nothing to do but pray, that the Lord would abundantly support and ftrengthen you to the last, and make you a continued comfort to his enlightened people, loving reprovers of those who mix light and darkness, and a terror to the perverse: and this is the cordial prayer of, Rev, and dear Sirs, your affectionate son, and obliged ser, vant in the gospel, 1. F. · P. S. I need not tell you, Sirs, that the hour in which Providence Ball make my way plain to return to England, to unite with the happy number of thofe who feel, or frek the power of Christian godlinefs, will be welcome to ine. O favoured Britons! Happy would it be for thein, if they knew their gospel privileges! My relations in Adam are all very kind to me; but the spiritual relations, whom God has raised me in England, exceed them yet. Thanks be to Christ, and to his blafphemed religion !
Macon in Burgundy, May 18th, 1778, The Reo. Dr. Conyers.
Hon. and dear Şir,
I LEFT orders with a friend to send you a little book, called The Reconciliation ; in which I endeavour to bring nearer the children of God, who are divided about their partial views of divine truths. I do not know whether that tract has in any degree, antwered its design : but I believe truth can be reconciled with itself, and the candid children of God one with ano. ther. O that some abler hand, and more loving heart, would undertake to mend my plan; if it be worth mending, or draw one more agreeable to the word
of God! My eyes are upon you, dear Sir, and thofe who are like.minded with you, for this work : difappoint ne not of my hope. Stand forth, and make way for reconciling love, by removing (so far as lies in you) what is in the way of brotherly union. O Sir, the work is worthy of you! and if you faw, with what boldness the false pbilosophers of the Continent, who are the apostles of the age, attack christianity, and represent it as one of the worst religions in tbe world, and fit only to make the professors of it murder one another, or at least to contend among themselves ; and how they urge our disputes to make the golpet of Christ the jest of nations, and the abhorrence of all flelh, you would break through your natural timidity, and invite all our brethren in tlie ministry, to do what the herds do on the Swiss mountains, when wolves attack them ; instead of goring one another, they unite, form a close battalion, and face the common enemy on all sides. What a shame would it be, if Cows and bulls she wed more prudence, and niore regard for union, than Christians and gospel Ministers!
O dear Sir, take courage! Be bold for the reconciling truth. Be bold for peace. You can do all things, through Christ strengthening you; and as Doctor Conyers, you can do many things, a great ma-, ny more than you think. What if you go, Sir, in Christ's name, to all the gospel ministers of your acquaintance, exhort them as a father, entreat them as a brother, and bring them, or as many of them as you can together; think you that your labour would be in vain in the Lord ? Impossible, Sir: 0 despair not! Charity hopeth all things, and as Kempis faith, “ It trieth all things, and bringeth many things to pass, which would appear impossible to him, who despaireth, hateth, or careth not for the sheep.”
If you want a coach, or a friend to accompany you, when you go upon this errand of love, remember there is a Thornton in London, and an Ireland in Bristol, who will wish you God speed, and make your way plain before you ; and God will raise many more to
concur in the peaceful work. Let me humbly intreat you to go to work, and to persevere in it. I wish I had strength to be at lealt your postilion when you go. I would drive, if not like Tehu, at least with some de. gree of cheerful f'wiftness, while Christ finiled on the Christian attempt. But I am confident you can do ali in the absence, and without the concurrence of him who is, with brotherly love, and duriful respect, Hon. and dear Sir, your obedient servant in the gofpel, 1. F.
Nyon, June 2d, 1778.
Mr. William Perronet.
My dear Friend,
WHEN I wrote to you last, I mentioned two ladies of your family, who have married two brothers, Meffis. Monod. Since that time, they have requested me to send to your father the enclosed memorial, which I hope will prove of use to your family. As the bad writing and the language may make the understanding of it difficult to you, I fenj you the subsance of it, and of the letter of the Ladies' lawyer, as follows:
While I invite you to make your title clear to a precarious eltate on earth, permit me, my dear Sir. to remind you of the heavenly inheritance entailed on be. lievers. The will, the new testament by which we can recover it, is proved. The court is just and equit. able, the Judge is gracious and loving. To enter into possession of a part of the estate here, and of the whole hereafter, we need only believe, and prove evangelically, that we are believers. Let us, then, set a. bout it now, with earnestness, with perseverance, and with a full assurance, that, through grace, we shall infallibly carry our cause. Alas! what are estates and erowns, to grace and glory? The Lord grant, that we, and all our friends, nay chuse the better part, which your brother, my dear friend, so happily chose. And may we firmly stand to the choice, as he did, to the last. My best respects wait upon your dear father, your sisters, and nieces. God reward your kindness to me upon them all! - I have had a pull back since I wrote last. After I left Mr. Ireland at Macon, to shorten iny journey and enjoy new prospects, I ventured to cross the moun. tains, which feparate France from this country. But on the third day of the journey, I found an unexpected trial; a large hill, whose winding roads were so steep, that though we fed the horses with bread and wine, they could scarcely draw the chaile, obliged ine to walk in all the steepest places. The climbing lasted several hours, the fun was hot, I perspired violento ly, and the next day I spit blood again. I have chief. ly kept to goat's milk ever since, and I hope I shall get over this death also, because I find myself, blefled be God, better again, and my cough is neither frequent por violent.
This is a delightful country. If you come to fee it, and clain the estate, bring all the papers and me. morials your father can collect, and conie to share a pleasant apartment, and one of the finest prospects in the world, in the house where I was born. God bless you, my dear friend ! Believe me, Dear Sir, &c. I. F.
Nyon, July 15th, 1778. James Ireland, Esg.
My dear friend,
I HAVE ventured to preach once, and to expound once in the church. Our ministers are very kind and preach to the purpose : a young one of this town gave us lately a very excellent, gospel termon. Grown up people stand fast in their stupidity, or in their felf. righteousness. The day I preached, I met with some children in my wood walking or gathering strawber.