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nearly bordering upon Fruition, that ere long you are to rejoin the once faithful Partner of your Joys and Griefs, in an eternal, an infeparable Union; fuch an Union as the Perfec tion of that better State, where the Spirits of the Juft refide, will admir of; an Union of purified Souls in the Service and Enjoyment of their God, Glorious Hopes! animated by these let us hold on and hold out to the End, in a patient enduring of Afflic→ tions; in à calm filial Submission to the Will and Pleafure of our Father in Heaven; whofe Right to difpofe of all our Interefts, both perfonal an₫ relative, none can difpute; whose Power none can controul; and whose Goodness none can arraign. Such a
vi DEDICATION. Temper, or Difpofition of Mind, as I have here hinted at, is at once, greatly ornamental to the Profeffion of Chrif tianity, and highly honourable to our holy Religion itself. And, give me Leave to say it, fuch is the Ornament, Madam, of your Profeffion, and fuck is the Honour which you have done, and are still doing, to the Faith of Fefus. Forgive me, Madam, that I make these Strictures in your Character fo publick. I only do it with a View to encourage others in their Attempts to regulate their Paffions, and bring them under the Government of Reason and Religion, upon the fame afflictive Trials that you have met with. This is one great End which I hope to answer by prefixing this Addrefs
Addrefs to the following Difcourse,
to their Candour, and to the Candour
I am, amidst the best Wishes for your
2 TIM. iv. 7, 8.
I have fought a good Fight, I have finished my Courfe, I bave kept the Faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a Crown of Righteoufnefs, which the Lord the righteous Judge shall give me at that Day.
This with the fincereft fympathetic Concern for the Interefts of Religion in general, and the religious Interefts of this Society in particular; a Concern dictated both by Duty, Intereft, and Affection, that I now enter upon this mourn Service, as it is facred to the Memory and the Merits of your lately honoured Friend and faith al Minister in Chrift Jefus, whofe indefatigable Labours of Love and Zeal for your better, your immortal Parts, you have long been reaping the happy Fruits of; but whofe Face, alas! you muft now fee, and whofe Voice, alas! you must now hear no more. His "Silver Cord is loofed, his Golden Bowl is broken, his Duft is returned into the Bofom of its Parent Earth, and his Spirit to God, who gave it."
As of the nobleft Pile of Building, when the Pillars fail, we may fay the whole Superftructure is in Danger; fo of that beautiful Fabrick, Religion, when those who have long