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the Lord. Mr. Ireland sends me word, Mr. Romàine told him, you were not very well. Take care of your, felf. Lay nothing to heart. Should your breast be weak, preach but once on Sunday ; for you know the evening sermon is not a part of our slated duty. I fay this, that you may not over do, and lie by, as I do. God direct, fustain, and comfort you in all things!
Our Lord Lieutenant, being Virred up by fome of the clergy, and believing firmly that I ain banished from England, has taken the aların fill more, and for. bidden the ministers to let me exhort in their houses ; threatening them with the power of the fenate, if they did. They all yielded, but are now alhamed of it. A young clergyman, a true Timothy, has opened me his house, where I exhort twice a week; and the other clergymen, encouraged by his boldness, come to our meetings.
Give my kind pastoral love to all my flock in general, and to all who fear God, and love Jesus, and the brethren, in particular. May all fee, and see more a. bundantly, the salvation of God. May national distress be fanctified unto them; and may they all be loyal subjects of the King of kings. May the approaching new year be to them a year of peace and gospel grace, Remember me kindly to all our neighbours, whom I mentioned by name in my preceding letters. I hope Molly takes good care of you. God bless her! That you and the flock may fare well in Jesus is the hearty prayer of yours, 1. F.
Nyon, March 7th, 1780, The Rev. Mr. Greaves,
My dear Brother,
I LONG to hear from you. I hope you are well and grow in the love of Christ, and of the souls bought with his blood, and comınitted to your care. May you have the comfort of bringing them all into the pastures of the gospel, and seeing them thrive under your pastoral care. I recoininend to your care the most helpless of the flock;— I mean the children, and the sick, They most want your help; and they are the most likely to benefit by it ; for affliction softens the heart, and children are not yet quite hardened through the deceitfulness of fin.
I beg you will not fail, when you have opportunity, to recommend to our flock, to honour the King, to ftudy to be quiet, and to hold up, as much as lies in us, the hands of the government by which we are prop tected. Remember me kindly to Mr. Gilpin, and to all our parishioners. God give you peace by all meansy as, in his mercy, he does to your affectionate friend and fellow-labourer, 1. F.
Nyon, March 7th, 1780. . Mr. William Wase.
My dear Brother,
I AM forry the building has come to so much more than I intended; but, as the mischief is done, it is a matter to exercise patience, relignation, and self-de, nial ; and it will be a caution in future. I am going to tell part of my little eftate here to discharge the delt. I had laid by 501. to print a small work, which I wanted to distribute here ; but, as I must be just, before I presume to offer that mite to che God of truth, I lay by the design, and shall send that suin to Mr. York. Money is scarce here, at this time, that I fall fall at à very great loss; but neceflity and justice are two seat laws, which must be obeyed. As I design. on my return to England, to pinch until I have got rid of this debt, I may go and live in one of the coitages belonging to the vicar, if we could let the vicarage for a few pounds ; and in that case, I dare fay Mr. Greaves would be so good as to take the other little house.
My dear friend, let us die to sin, hold fast Jefus, thie way, the truth, and the life, walk by faith in him, and not by the fight and passions of the old Adam. I hope the sun of affliction, which burns poor England and us, will ripen us all for glory Give my best love to all our friends in Christ, and tell tliem, that the hope of seeing them does me good, and that I truft, they will not turn it into bitterness; which would be the cafe, if I should find thein out of the narrow war, and out of the kingdom of righteousnefs, peace, and joy in' the Lord. Salute dear Jolin York ; hold up liis hands for ine, and bid him Itand fast in the Lord; leaning upon the cross of him, who bruiled the fire pent's head, and overcame death, hell, and the grave, by pulling out fill, the sting of death. Farewell i!? Jesus Christ. 1. F.
A'yon, Sept. 1517, 1780. " The Rey. Mír. Greaves,
My dear Fellow-labourer,
I HAD fixed the time of my departure for this: montı; but now two hinderances stand in my way.. When I came to collect the parts of my manufcrint, I found the most confiderable part wanting ; and, after. a thousand searches, I was obliged to write it over again. This accident obliged ine to put off my jour. ney ; and now the change of weather has brclight back fome fyiptoms of my disorder. I speak, or rather whisper, with difficulty ; but I hope the quantity of grapes I begin to eat will have as good an effect upon me, as in the last two autuins. Have patience then a little while. If things are not as you could willi, you can do, but as 'I have done for many yearslearn patience by the things which you suffer. Crolling our will, getting the better of our own inclinations, and grow-, ing in experience, are 110 mean advantages ; and they. may all be yours. Mr. Ireland writes me word, tliat if I return to England now, the winter will undo all I have been doing for my health for many years. Howe, ever, I have not quite laid by the design of spending the winter with you ; but don't expect me till you see nie. I am, nevertheless, firmly purposed, that if I do not let out this autumn, I hall do fo next fpring, as early as I can.
Till I had this relapfe, I was able, thank God, to exhort in a private room three times a week; but the Lord Lieutenant will not allow me to get into a pul. pit, though they perinit the schoolmasters, who are laymen, to put on a band and read the church prayers ; so runs the prejudice. The clergy, however, tell me, that if I will renounce my ordination, and get Presbyterian orders among them, they will allow me to preach; and, on these terms, one of the ministers of this town offers me his curacy. A yong clergyman of Geneva, tutor to my nephew, appears to me a truly converted man; and he is so pleased when I tell him, there are converted fouls in England, that he will go over with me to learn English, and converse with the British Christians. He wrote last summer with such force to fome of the clergy, who were stirring up the fire of persecution, that he made them ashamed, and we have fince had peace from that quarter.
There is little genuine piety in these parts ; nevertheless, there is yet some of the forin of it ; so far, as to go to the Lord's table regularly four times a year. There meet the adulterers, the drunkards, the swearers, the infidels, and even the materialists. They have no idea of the double damnation that awaits hypocrites. They look upon partaking of that sacrament. as a ceremony enjoined by the magistrate. At Zurick, the first town of this county they have lately beheaded a cler. gyman, who wanted to betray his country to the Enperor, to whom it chiefly belonged. It is the town of the great reformer Zuinglius ; yet there they poisoned the facramental wine a few years ago. Tell it not in Gath! I mention this to Thew you there is occafion and great need to bear a telimony against the faults of the clergy here ; and if I cannot do it from the pul. pit, I must try to do it from the press. Their canons, which were composed by 230 pastors, at the time of the reformation, are so spiritual and apostolic, that I design to translate them into English, if I am fpared,
Farewell, my dear brother. Take care, good, conftant care of the dock committed to your charge; els
pecially, the sick and the young.' Salute all our dear parishioners. Let me still have a part in your prayers public and private ; and rejoice in the Lord, as throurli grac, l'am enabled to do in all my littl: tribulations. I am your affectionate friend and fellow-labourer, 1. F.
Nyon, Sept. 15th, 1780.
Mr. William Wase,
YOU are also entitled to many thanks ; receive thein f: om me, till I can return you something more fubftantial. Give my love and thanks to the preachers, who come and help us. Enforce my little exhortation to the fòcieties in much love. Go and comfort for me Mrs. Palmer and Mrs. Cartwrigot; and tince God has · placed you all in a widowed state, agree to take Jesus
for a never dying friend and bridegroom. Your Maker is your husband. He is all in all, and what, then, have you loft ? Chrift is yours and all things with him. The resurrection day will soon coule. Prepare yourfelves for the marriage feast of the Lamb, and till then rejoice in the expectation of that day. I sympathize withiourlickly friends, widow Matthews, M. Bluinner, E. Whittaker, I. York, and S. Afton.. Salute them kindly from ine. Help them to triin their lamps, and wait for the Bridegroom. Bid them not be discouraged. Thank Thomas and Nelly Fennel for their love to the preachers, and give them mine, as well as John Owen, &c. by whom, I send it to the little companies they meet with, to call for strength, comfort, and help, ia time of need. Fare ye all well ii Jesus, I say again, farewell. I am, yours, I. F.
Nyon Sept. 151h, 1730..
Mr. Thomas York.
My dear Friend,
YOU see by my letter to Mr. Greaves, that I am in good hopes of seeing you, at the latest, next spring.