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would take to and keep in the way, that brought their parent peace and joy at the last.
So Mr. and Mrs. Perronet are no more ; and Lazarus is still alive! What scenes does this world afford ? But the most amazing is certainly that of Emmanuel crucified, and offering us pardons and crowns of glory. May we ever gaze at that wonderful object, until it has formed us into love, peace and joy! We thank you for the sweet name you still call us by, and we heartily take the hint and subscribe vurselves Your affectionate, grateful friends, and ready servants in Christ, L. and M. F.
Dublin, Aug. 23d, 1783. The Right Hon. Lady Mary Fitzgerald.
Honoured and dear Madam,
I SEE the truth of those words of our Lord, Ir me ye shall have peace, coinfort, strength and joy ; Be of good cheer. We came here to see the members of our Lord, and we find you removed, and removing farther still, than you now are. What does this Providence teach us? I learn, that I must rejoice in the Lord above all his members, and find them all in him, who fills all in all; who is the life of all our friends, the joy of all our brethren. If our Lord is your life, your strength, and your all, you will remove in vain
to the North or South ; you cannot go from your fpiCritual friends ; they will meet you in the common cen
tre of all life and righteousness; there, they will bless you, rejoice in your joy, and sympathize in your forrow.
If Providence calls you to England by Scotland, by which route your Ladyship apprehends so much dif. ficulty, you know, we must, at least, go to heaven by a way equally painful the narrow way, the way marked with blood, and with the tears and cross of the Son of God; and if we follow him weeping, we Thall return with everlasting joy on our heads. Even
now the foretaste of those joys is given to us through hope, for by hope we are saved. Let our faith and hope be in God, rooted and grounded in 'him, who gives vital heat to our hearts, and who fans there the spark of grace which his mercy has kindled; and may that spark, by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, become a fire of holy love, heavenly zeal, and heavenly glory. Such power belongeth to the Almighty. He that spared not his own Son, and has promifed us his Holy Spirit, which is the mighty stream of his grace, and the mighty flame of his love, will not deny us that power, if we wait for it in his appointed ways; and ask it in the all-prevailing name of Emmanuel, God with us.
My dear partner, who, like myself, is deeply fenfible of your Lady ship's kindness in remembering us, joins me in thanks for your obliging note, and in cordial wishes, that all the defires of your believing soul may be granted you, both for time, death, and eternity. We fubfcribe ourselves with grateful firicerity, Honoured Madam, Your devoted Tervants in our bleeding Lord. I. and M. F.
THE many and great favours, you have loaded us with, during our long stay under your hospitable roof, prompted us to make the earliest acknowledge ment of our obligations, and to beg you would receive our warmest thanks for such unexpected, and undeserved tokens of your brotherly love. But the defire of filling our only frank has hindered their be. ing more early traced upon paper ; though they have been, are now, and, we trust, Ihall ever be deeply en. graven on our hearts. You have united for us the Irish hofpitality, the English cordiality, and the French politeness. And now, Sir, what shall we say? You
are our generous benefactor, and we are your affectionate, though unprofitable servants. In one sense, we are on a level with those, to whom you show charity in the streets : we can do nothing but pray for you, your dear partner, and yours. You kindly received us for Christ's fake; may God receive you freely, for his fake alfo! You have borne with our infirmities:the Lord bear with yours also! You have let your servant serve us ;--the Lord give all his servants and his angels charge concerning you, that you hurt not your foot against a llone, and may be helped out of every difficulty! You have given us a most pleasing resting place, and comfortable apartment under your roof, and next your own chamber : the Lord grant ; you eternal rest with him in his heavenly mansions! May he himself be your habitation and resting place for ever; and place you and yours with his own jewels in the choicest repository of precious things ! You have fed us with the richest food :-May the Give er of every perfect gift fit you for a place at his table, and may you rank there with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob ! You have given us wines :--Inay you drink, with Christ himself, the fruit of the vine, new in your Father's kingdom! You have given us a rich provisi. on for the way : when you cross the flood, the deep flood of death, may you find, that your heavenly Lord has made fuch a rich provision of faith, righteoufness, hope, and joy for you, that you may rejoice, . triumph and fing, while you leave your earthly friends to go home! which, by the by, is more than we were enabled to do ; for instead of singing in our cabins, there was very different melody.
However, we could foon with grateful, joyful hearts, look back from the British to the Irin fore, and greet in fpirit the dear friends we had left there. The Lord bless and increase them in fpiritual, and, if best for them, in temporal goods also ! The Lord crown them and theirs with loving kindness, and mercies equal to the love of our God, and the merits of our Saviour! And now, dear Sir, what shall I add ? I
cannot now even see my bible but through the medium of your love, and the token with which it alternately loads my pocket and my hand. I cannot even seal a letter with a good wafer, but' I find a new call to repeat my thanks to you. I would begin again, but my scrap of paper is full, as well as my heart ; and I must spare a line to tell you, that I had the pleasure nf seeing our kind benefactress Mrs. Smyth safe at Bristol, with her little charge and Lady Mary. We beg cur thanks to John, Mr. and Mrs. Jchnson, and all, who were kind to us for Christ's fake, and for yours. We remain, Dear Sir, Your most affectionate and most obliged pensioners and servants, I. and M. F.
Madeley, Nov. 1783. To the Society in Dublin,
TO all the dear Brethren, who after kindly inviting John and Mary Fletcher, patiently bearing with them, and their infirinities, and entertaining thein in the most hospitable, Christian inanger, have added to all their foriner favours, that of thanking them for their most pleasant and profitable journey.
Brethren, and dearly beloved in the Lord. We had felt shame enough under the sense of your kindness and patience towards iis, and of our une profitableness towards you, whan at Dublin. You needed not have added to our shaine by the new token of your love, the friendly letter we have received from you. We, we are indebted to you, dear brethren, we owed you the letter of thanks, you have gratuitously fent. But in all things you will have the pre-eminence, and we are glad to drink the cup of humility at your feet. May the Lord, who can part a fea by the touch of a rod, and could at first cause th: earth to bring forth abundantly all manner of trees and plants without fced, so bless the feed of the word, which we sowed in great weakness among you, as to
make it produce a full crop of hụinble repentance, cheerful faith, triumphant hope, and the fanctifying influences of God's Spirit in your hearts, in all your families, in all your affeinblies, and in your whole fociety! If your profuse liberality towards us, abounded to the comfort of our poor brethren, we doubly rejoice on your account, and on theirs.
When we see so many of your dear names, we re. joice in hopes, that as they fill and confirm an epiltle dictated by overflowing love, fo they are enrolled on the list of the dear people, whom our great High Priest bears, not on the breast-plate as Aaron, but on his bleeding hands, and in his very heart, which is the overflowing and everflowing fountain of divine and brotherly love. We cannot reinember your faces ; we remember what will last longer than your features, your work and labour, your repaits of love, together with your prayers and lighs. May that seed fown be watered by the Redeemer's blood! We ask it with tears of gratitude and joy, while we, on our bended knees, spread your names, as you have kindly put them, and your wants, fo far as we remember them, before the Fatlier of mercies, and the Author of every perfect gift. Let our worthless names still find a place in your memory, when you remember your brethren distant in the flesh, but near in the Spirit : ainong such vouchsafe to reckon, Dear Brethren, your very affectionate and truly obliged servants in Chrift, I. and M. F. .
Madeley, Nov. 1783,
To Mrs. Dolier.
AND were my dear brother and sister Dolier pleased by the receipt of a letter from such an unworthy worm? Oh that I could convey fome word from the mouth of my adorable Lord to your hearts ? Oh that he would permit me, liis poor creature, to drop a sentence, which might prove an encouragement to my dear friends in their way! You ask, “ Shall I