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treasure. Blow hard the furnace of prayer with the bellows of faith. until you are melted into love, and the drofs of fin is purged out of every heart. There is a river that maketh glad the city of God; it is the grace that flow from his throne. Jelus is the veffi 1, the heavedy ark; get together into him, and sweetly fail down into the ocean of eternity. So shall ye be true miners, furnace-men, and targenren. Farewell in Jefus. 1. F.

Nyon, Alay 18th, 1779.
The Rev. Mr. Greaves.

My dear Fellow-labourer,

MY departore being delayed some weeks gives me much concern, although from the confidence I have in your pastoral diligence, I am easy about the flock you feed.

There was last week a visitation held here, and the clergy of the town took my part against the visiter aud others, who faid, “I was of a feat every where spoken against.” The conversation about it held fo long and was fo trying to my grain of huniility, that I went out. The matter, however, ended peaceably, by a vote that they should invite me to dinner. God ever fave us from jealous and persecuting zeal ! i I hope, my dear friend, you go on comfortably, doing more and more the work of a growing evangelist. Remember iny love to all I mentioned in my latt, to as inany of my parishioners as you meet with, and especially, to all our good neighbours, and to the society. God bless you all ; and enable you to persevere in prayer for yourself, for the fock (which I once more recommend to you with the lambs,—the children)

and for your affectionate brother, I. F. · Mr. Michael Onions.

. Nyon, May, 181k, 1779. My dear Brother,

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I HAVE complied with the request of my friends, to stay a little longer among them, as it was backed by

i small society of pious people gathered here. Three weeks ago, they got about me, and, on their knees, with many tears, besought me to stay till they were a little stronger, and able to stand alone ; nor would they rise, till they had got me to comply. Happy would it be for us all, if we prayed as earnestly to him, who can give us substantial blessings.

However, yesterday I spoke with a carrier from Ge-' neva, to take me to London, who said, he would take us at a fortnight's notice. The Lord is always ready to give our hearts a lift to the kingdom of grace, througlı which we must pass to the kingdoin of glory. May we be ready also ! The comfort of this journey is, that we all may travel together, though our bodies are asunder; for Christ the way is every where, and faith in his word is, like his word, one and the same, in every age and country. So is holiness the narrow way ; for in all places we may love God with all our heart, and our neighbour as ourself. I hope you, and all your serious friends travel thus ; and that your journey is like that of St. Paul, who travelled hard, as one running for a prize-even for a crown of life.

Give my kind love to all, who travel in this manner. Invite kindly all, who have not yet set out. Stir up earnestly those that loiter, especially Thomas Powis, over whom my heart yearns. Above all, give them the example of leaving the things behind, and presling towards the mark with renewed vigour. Tell your wife, I hold her to her promise, of being the Lord's more than ever, because the time is shorter for us both.

Tell your mother, I expect to find her a bruised reed in herself, and a pillar in Christ Jesus. The Lord bless your brother and his wife, with that child born, that son given, who fall live to restore to us those, whom death carries away. I hope Patty Cartwright, with her plrents, will be made strong in faith and patience, if not in the body. Tell Mrs. Ford, I hope the is betro ter in soul for her bodily weakness. If Mrs. Brooke is yet with her, I hope to find thein Gisters in Christ - more than in Adam. I experience here, that kindred

in the former is stronger and dearer, than in the latter. Tell Mr. Wafe, I hope lie is a widower in the Lord, devoting himself to the bringing up the Lord's family and his own; both of which require close attendance.

My love to your fellow-leaders, and by them, to the companies you meet in prayer ; also to Mr. Hattoni, and the preachers who help in the round. My love also waits 01 I. Tranter, T. Poole, and T. Banks, and all who meet in their houses. Tell them, I hope to find them growing up into Christ in all things, particularly, in beavenly zeal, and humble love. Salute all our dear friends, and neighbours for me. Farewell in the Lord. I am yours in him, 1. F.

Nyon, July 18th, 1779.

Mr. Thomas York.

My dear Sir,

PROVIDENCE is fill gracious to me, and raises me friends on all sides. May God reward them all, and may you have a double reward for all your kindness. I hope I am getting a little strength. The Lord has blessed to me a fpecies of black cherry, which I have eaten in large quantities. As a proof that I am better, I can inform you, that I have preached once in this country ; but as I was going to venture again, I had a return of my spitting blood, so that I defiled. For a fortnight past, I have catechised the children of the town every day ; and I do not find much inconvenience from that exercise. Some of them seem to be under sweet drawings of the Father, and a few of their mothers begin to come, and defire me with tears in their eyes, to stay in this country. They urge much, iny being born here, and I reply, that as I was born again * in England, that is, of course, the country which, to me, is the dearer of the two. My friends have prevailed on nie to publish a poem on the Praises of God, which I wrote many years ago. The revising it for the profs is at once a business and a pleasure, which I 80 through on horseback. Help me, by your pray

ers, to ask a blelling on this little attempt; and may the God of all grace, who deserves so much our prailes for the unspeakable gift of his dear Son, give us such a fpirit of thankful praise, that we may bless and praise him, as David did formerly.

Remember me in brotherly love to all your family, and to all friends about you, especially, to those who fear God and love the gospel. Let us grow in humble love, which becomes those, who believe themselves re. deemed by the blood of the Son of God, to be a peculiar people, zealous of kind offices, and all manner of good works

I wish I could procure you an estate in this fine country, as I hope to do Mr. Perronet, one of the phyficians who shewed me so much love, when I lay fick at Paddington. His grandfather was a Swils, who was naturalized in the reign of Queen Anne. By calling upon some of his relations, I have found, that he is entitled to an estate of some thousand pounds, of which he is coming to take poffeffion. So Providence prepares for ine a friend, a kind physician, and a fellow-traveller, to accompany me back to England ; where one of my chief pleasures will be to embrace you, if God fpare us to meet again, and to assure you, how much I am, my dear friend, your obliged servant,

1. F.

Nyon, Dec. 25th, 1779. The Rev. Mr. Greaves,

My dear Brother,

GLORY be to God for his unspeakable gift! May that Jesus, that eternal, all-creating, all-supporting, all-atoning, all-comforting Word; which was with God, and is God, and came in likeness of Gnful flesh to dwell among men, and to be our Immanuel, God with us ; may he by a lively faith, be formed in our hearts, .and, by a warm love, lie and grow in the iman. ger of our emptiness, filling it always with the bread that comes down from heaven! Though abfent in

body, I am with you and the flock in fpirit. You are now at the Lord's table-0! may all the dear souls, you liave just now preached to, receive Jesus Christ in the pledge of his dying love ; and go home with this lively conviction, o God has given me eternal life, and " this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath « life : I have the Son, I have life, even eternal life. 66 The way, the truth, the life, and happiness, are " mine ; and now return unto thy rest, O my soul. " Lord, let thy fervant depart in peace ; for mine eyes 66the eyes of my faith have seen, the hand of my « faith hath handled, the mouth of my faith hath tasted " thy falvation ; a salvation present, unspeakable, and os eternal.”

Glory be to God in heaven! Peace on earth! Love and good-will every where ; but especially, in the spot, where Providence has called us to cry, Behold! what manner of love the Father has testified to us, in Jesus, that we, children of wrath, should be made children of God, by that only begotten Son of the Most High, who was born for our regeneration, crucified for our atonement, raised for our justification, and now triumphs in heaven for our fanctification, for our fullredeinption, and for oựr eternal glorification. To him be glory for ever and ever ; and may all, who fear and love him about you, say for ever, Amen! Hallelujah !

Out of the fulness of my heart I invite them to do su ; but how shallow is my fulness to his! What a drop to an ocean without bottom or shore ! Let us, then, receive continually from him, who is the oves flowing, and ever present fource of pardoning, sanctifying, and exhilarating grace ; and from the foot of the Wrekin, where you are, to the foot of the Alps, where I ain, let us echo back to each other, the joyful, thankful cry of the primitive Christians, (which was the text - here this morning) Out of his fulness we have all received grace for grace.

I long to hear from you and the Aock. How do you go on ? Answer this and my last together; and let me know, that you cast joyfully all your burdens on

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