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I have been so well, that my friends here thought of giving me a wife ; but what thould I do with a Swiss wife at Madeley? I want rather an English nurse ; but inore Kill a mighty Saviour, and, thanks be to God, that I have. Help me to rejoice in that never dying, never moving Friend.
Having heard that my dear friend Ireland has dif. charged the greatest part of my debt, I have not sent money ; but I hope to bring with ine 100l. to make up that gap, and reimburse my friends in part, till I can do it altogether. But I shall never be able to pay you the debt of kindness I have contracted with you. I look to Jefus, my surety, for that : May he repzy you a thousand fold! Remember me kindly to Mrs. York, Mrs. Harper, and all that yet remember your obliged friend and brother, 1. F.
Nyon, Șept. 15th, 1780, To the Societies in and about Madeley,
GRACE and peace, truth and love be multiplied unto you all. Stand fast in the Lord, my dear brethren. Stand fast to Jesus ; stand fast to one another ; stand fast to the vow we bave so often renewed together upon our knees and at the Lord's table. Re. folve to save yourselves altogether. Don't be founloving, fo cowardly, as to let one of your little company fall into the hands of the world and the devil; and agree 10 crucify the body of fon altogether.
I am still in a strait between the work, which Providence cuts out for me here, and the love which draws me to you. When I shall have the pleasure of seeing you, let it not be embittered by the forrow of finding any of you half-hearted and lukewarm. Let me find you all strong in the Lord, and increased in humble love. Salute from me all that followed with us fifteen years ago. Care still for your old brethren. Let there be no Cain ainong you, no Esau, no Lot's wise. Let the love of David and Jonathan, heightened by that of Martha, Mary, Lazarus and our Lord,
shine in all your thoughts, your tempers, your worde, your looks, and your actions. If you love one another, your little ineetings will be a renewed feast and the God of love who is peculiarly present where two or three are gathered in the name of Jesus, and in the fpirit of love, will abundantly bleis you. Bear me fill upon your brealls in prayer, as I do you upon mine; and rejoice with me, that the Lord, who made, redeemed, and comforts us, bears us all upon his. I am yours in him. I. F.
Nyon, Feb. 14th, 1781. Mr. John Owen.
· I THANK you, my dear brother, for your kind lines. I have deferred answering them, till I could inform you of the time of my departure hence, which you will fee in my letter to Mr. Wale. I hope you help both Mr. Greaves and the preachers, to stir up the people in my parish. Be much in prayer. Strength. en the things that remain and are ready to die. I bope you take counsel with Michael Onions, Mrs. Palmer, and Molly Cartwright, about the most effectual means to recover the backsliders ; and to keep together to Christ and to each other those who fill hold their fhield. Salute them kindly from me, and tell them, that I hope they will give me a good account of their little companies, and of themselves.
If I were not a minister, I would be a schoolmaster, to have the pleasure of bringing up children in the fear of the Lord ; that pleasure is yours ; relish it, and it will comfort and strengthen you in your work. The joy of the Lord, and of charity is our strength. Salute the children from me, and tell them, I long to thew then the way to happiness and heaven. Pray have you inastered the stiffness and shyness of your temper? Charity gives a meekness, an affability, a child-like fimplicity, and openness, which nature has denied you, that grace might have all the honour of it. Let me find you thining by thefe virtues, and you will revive me much, God bless your labour about the sheep and the lambs.
I need not tell you to remember me to your friends, Lot excepting your brother-in-law. your liter, and your niece Sally; to whose friendlhip I recommend my yod-daughter Patty Cartwriglit. Go to Janes Hinklo platil, zive him my love, and ask lis for me and his old brccbrea. Give the same common to T. Fennel and Nelly witli refpect to Samuel Süretton and his wife ; Likewife to Sergeante Lees with respect to his brother Blon.15; and to l. Tranter; T. Buks, and T. Pool with refpect to their friends about thein. Remeinber We to all triends. Tam yours affectionately, 1. F.
P. S. Real' the following note to all that fear God, and love Jefus and each oilier, alleinbling in Madeley churcbi:
My dear Brethren, ... My heart leaps with joy at the thiought of coming to see you, and bless the Lord with you. Let us not itay to praise himn till we fee eacli otber: Let us fee him in lois Son, in his word; in his works, and in all the members of Chrift: How flow will post horses go, in comparison of love!
" Quick as Teraphie fizines we inove, • To ieigo with Christin endless day.".
Meet me, as I do you--in fpirit; and we shall not stay till April or May to bless God together : Now will be the time of unicn and love.
Nyon; Feb. 14th, 1781.
i . MrWilliain Pase,' ..
· ly dear Friend,
. I THANK you for your kind remembrance of me. I need not be urged to return; brotherly love draws me to Madeley, and circumstances drive me lence. With pleasure I fee' the days lengthen, and liaften the liapny hour, when I shall fee the little flock rejoicing in God, as, through mercy, I do. I am exeeedingly glad that there is a revival ou your fide the water, and that you are obliged to enlarge your room.
I wish I could contribute to shake the dry bones in hiy parish ; but I have no confidence in the flesh; and what I could not do, when I was in my strength, I have little prospect of doing now that my strength is broken. However, I don't despair ; for the work is not mine, but the Lord's. If the few who love the gospel would be simple and zealous, God would again hear their prayers for those, who are content to go on in the broad way. I thank you for your view of the iron bridge. I hope the word, and the faith that works by love, will erect a more solid and durable bridge, to unite those who travel together towards Sion.
My friend Ireland invites me to go and join hiin in the south of France ; and I long to see, whether I could not have more liberty to preach the word among the Papists, than ainong the Protestants. But it is so little I can do, that I doubt much, whether it is worth while going fo far upon so little a chance. If I were stronger, and had more time, the fear of being hanged should not detain me. I trust to set out next month, and to be in England in May ; it wont be my fault, if it is not in April.
I am here in the midst of the rumours of war. The burghers of Geneva, on the side of the opposition, have difarmed the garrison, and taken poffeffion of one of the gates. I had, however, the luck to get in and bring away my nephew, who is a student there. Some troops are preparing to go and block them up. The Lord may at this time punish the repeated backslidings of those Laodicean Christians, most of whom have turned ir.fidels. This event may a little retard my jour. ney, as I pass through Geneva. It also puts off the printing my manuscript, for there is nothing going on in that unliappy country but disputes, and fights, and mounting of guards. Reinember me. in much love to Mr. Greaves, Mr. Gilpin, and the preachers who la. bour with us. On ! my friend, give yourself wholly up to the Lord, and you will have that peace and joy, through Christ, and righteousness, which will be worth a little heaven to you. Adieu. Yours, 1. F.
i Nyon, March, 1781. Afr. Michael Onions.
I THANK you my dear brother, for your kind remembrance of me, and for your letters: I hope to bring my fuller thanks to yeu in perfon. Come; hold up your hands. Confirm the feeble knees. Set up an Ebenezer every hour of the day. In every thing give thanks; and in order to this, pray without cealing and rejoice evermore. My heart sympathizes with poor Molly Cartwright. Tell her from !ne, that her hufband lives in him who is the resurrection, and that I want her to live there, with him. In Christ there is no death but the victory over death. 0! let us live in him, to him, for him, who more thait repairs all our losses. I long to rejoice with her in hopes of meeting our departed friends, where parting and trouble shall · be no more.
My love to your wife ; tell her she promised me, to . be Tefus's; as well as yours.' I trust her inother ripensa faller for glory, than for the grave. I hope to firidheri quite mellowed by the humble love of the gospel. My. love to John Owen, and to all'our other leaders, and by them to the few who do not tire by the way. With regard to the others, take theni in the arms of prayer and love, and carry tliem out of Egypt and Sodom, if they aie loth to come. Despair of none. You krowciiarity hopeth all things, and brings many things to país. All things are poffible to him that believeth, all things are easy to him that loveth. God be with you, my dear brother, and make you faithful unto death. It is my prayer for you, and all the fociety, and zit my deri neighbours, my dear parishioners, to viliom I beg to be remembered. I have no place to write their names ; but I pray they inay all be written in the book of life. God is rierciful, gracious, and faithfal: I let my fell to his loving-kindness ;' witnet's my heart and hand, 1. F.