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The slightest suffering received from Him is an inestimable blessing : another jewel added to your crown. Go on, then, my faithful partner, doing and suffering his blessed will, till out of great tribulation we both enter his kingdom, and his joy, and his glory everlasting.
“I do not doubt your punctually observing your good and wise mother's advice, both in this and all things : and I rejoice in hope of finding you on Wednesday se’nnight well in all senses.
“Will you allow me to own I envy poor happy Miss L? if the time of her departure is indeed at hand. Surely she is taken from the evil to come; and we shall find her again in the New Jerusalem, where is no more death, or curse, or pain, or sighing; but all tears are wiped away from
“Yesterday my brother and I passed with our friends at Shoreham. All inquired after you in the kindest manner ; but Mr. Perronet's language concerning his daughter * would lose much by repetition. They all join with us in the most affectionate salutations. So does Mrs. Blackwell, and Mrs. Dewal, and Grace Murray, and T. Butts, and many more than I have room to mention.”
“My dearest of Friends, Happy, happy Mr. Parkinson ! I feared he would take his flight before I saw him. Yet I seem to feel he blessed me at his death. Let my last end be like his! Comfort his poor sister till I come.
"I parted with Miss Bosanquet, Mrs. G and Miss Edwards to-day at the Lord's supper. It was a feast indeed! We called on our absent friends to be partakers.”
“My dearest Friend, -It is late; yet I must write to tell you how impatient we all are to see you. The Preachers will guard you to town. Do not refuse even brother Oddie, or brother Oliver. If none of them are ready, brother Sheen, or Mr. Lewis, will, I know, attend you as far as Marlborough. Shall not Isaac meet you at Reading? on what day?
“I have preached three times within five days : on Tuesday evening at the Foundery, on looking unto Jesus: afraid I spoke too plain. This evening Mr. Grimshaw preached at Zoar. My strength continues. Thank God for that.
• The name by which this venerable man used to call Mrs. Charles Wesley.
Bring my account-book. We depend on having you
next week." The Lord prosper your journey! Adieu !”
My dear partner will look for me at the heels of my letter. Yesterday I saw Mrs. Bird. At her baptism she was quite overpowered, and struck speechless. Now she tells me, in going home that night such joy sprung up in her heart as she never felt before: a joy unspeakable, and full of heaven. It lasted all night. She could have rejoiced to give up her spirit then, knowing she should be saved eternally. Since then she has been frightened at the withdrawing, or, at least, abatement, of her happiness. I told her she must expect temptation, as well as comfort; and our Lord's own baptism was immediately followed by temptation.
She grows in grace. Her husband, a poor backslider, is much stirred up. They earnestly invite you to their house in town or country. Mrs. Hogg joins. She also is awakened by a loud and extraordinary call to prepare for her dissolution.
“ Yesterday I visited our loving Miss Hervey, who breathes nothing but love to you. I spent two hours with Mrs. and Mr. Venn. The former stands her ground as yet. I saw Miss Chambers and Mr. Downing; drank tea at Vauxhall, with Mrs. Kiteley; got two hours' useful conversation with our friends at Lewisham ; and, returning, found at my lodgings faithful John Downes. I have already seen cause for rejoicing in my longer continuance here."
“London, Easter-eve. May the choicest blessings of God go along with these lines, and meet you well at Ludlow ! On Friday I trust He will grant me my heart's desire, even the sight of one I love next to Himself. I am apt to believe you left our happy friend waiting still for the consummation of her happiness. She may hover some time at the gate of paradise. I cannot oppose 'her wish, for nurse and you to go with her,' if I might make the third. But my bestbeloved friend has many happy days yet to employ in that service which is perfect freedom.
“O what great troubles has He showed you! and yet did He turn and refresh you ; yea, and brought you up from the depth again! He will also bring you to great honour,
and comfort you on every
side. And if He makes me an instrument, I cannot but be comforted myself.
"My strength is as my day. George Whitefield has taken off great part of my labour. I let him preach yesterday at the chapel, Seven-Dials, reserving myself for the watch-night. In consideration whereof we had service this morning an hour later. These things I mention in proof of my great carefulness, and in hope you will follow a good example.
“My “sure-footed mare' gave me no fall, notwithstanding your malicious supposition. You would do well, instead of affronting her, to find a better : but that I neither expect nor desire. Only I would exchange her for one or two good chaise-horses.
“You will remember the travellers on Wednesday; and look for no more news from me till you see me. The Lord be your happiness always ! ”
“The Foundery. My most beloved Friend,–Our last Lord's day deserves to be had in remembrance. I read the whole service, except the first lesson ; preached near an hour, and never with greater enlargement. After the sacrament we could have prayed for ever. The Spirit rested upon us; and it seemed as if every soul was a watered garden.
“Although the number of communicants was so great, I dismissed them at one; laid hold on Miss Wells, and carried her to dine with me at sister Phips's; and then to sister Boult's, and the Foundery. There again my mouth was opened, to warn, and to encourage. My subject was, 'If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land; but if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured by the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.' In the society I was unexpectedly required to pray for Mr. Lindsey, for Mr. Waller, and for a friend in Bristol, and her two children. Those prayers were given, and therefore sealed, prayers. We continued in fellowship and in prayers till eight. Then I was less weary than in the morning.
“The pain in my face, which began to revisit me on Saturday, was carried off this night. I rose with it on Monday morning; yet it did not hinder my expounding the fortysixth Psalm, and meeting the select band. I rode over to Low-Leyton, and spent an agreeable day with loving Lady Piers, and courteous Mr. Howard, both of them full of kind inquiries concerning you and your family. In the evening I met on the road my friend Mr. Lloyd, and rode another hour
with him. I received strength to preach this morning at the Foundery; and the Lord of hosts was with us. Mr. Phené took his last leave of me, full of gratitude, both to me, and our children ; who, out of their little, have contributed sixty pounds for the relief of their distressed brethren in Germany: besides five guineas for himself. The Lord Jesus be your portion, and bless you and yours for ever! Adieu !”
“Frith-street, near Seven-Dials, April 16th. My very dear Friend,—We go on well. I administered the sacrament yesterday morning at five in Spitalfields, and here at nine. The Lord was comfortably with us. A third time I preached to a vast congregation at the Foundery, and bestowed an hour or two on the whole society. They are in no manner of danger of loving me too little. We had a blessed time of it, which so renewed my bodily strength, that I walked on harts' feet to Mr. l'anson's: he, his wife, and a troop accompanying us. Many kind inquiries, be sure, there were after you and your family. I preached at five this morning, and had a good number of communicants. Brother Wright and his sister salute you. Him I shall probably bring with me to Bath; but more probably Robert Windsor. On this day three weeks we purpose taking horse, not without hopes of meeting you at Bath. My stay at Bristol will be very short; yet my stay may be longer at Brecknock. But observe! we come and go together: therefore give our friends no expectation of my leaving you behind me. Look you to nurse Sennick : as much air and sunshine as you please; but not a grain of salt, or a bit of meat, for Jackey.
"I have met Lady Piers at my host's. She bids me say to you, in her name, everything that is kind. I must break off. The Lord bless you with the Spirit of grace and supplications! Adieu !”
“ Seven-Dials, Feb. 15th. My dearest Partner,—Abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Let us trust Him for each other. He never faileth them that seek Him. And whoso putteth his trust in the Lord, mercy embraceth him on
“At one yesterday my host took me in his chariot to Lady Huntingdon’s. Not finding her, we drove on to Major Galatin's. Here we dined and drank tea. She carried me to the chapel. Mr. Simpson read prayers. I preached, from,
‘And the Spirit and the bride say, Come,' &c. Great power was with the word. Many cried after Christ, yet not so as to disturb us. I was much refreshed myself.
“I stayed till nine, conversing with Mrs. Galatin and William Perronet. I lodged rather than slept at the chapelhouse. An old woman's hooping-cough made me keep a watch-night against my will.
“I breakfasted this morning with William Wright's poor widow, and Betty Duchesne. Then I found my friend in New Norfolk-street. Our joy at meeting was equal. We soon got to her Isaac; and my soul was all sympathy.
“On friends deceased full heartily we wept; and prayed too, according to God. Before twelve she carried me to Sir Charles Hotham, just snatched again from the brink of the grave. Young Lady Hotham, and Gertrude, Miss Melly, with Mrs. Cartaret, and Cavendish, joined me in fervent prayer and love. There were many kind inquiries after you, , be sure, and after Mrs. Grinfield. We had above an hour of close conversation. I dined at Major Galatin's; and am now got away to salute my dearest Sally. “And now let me inquire concerning our son Charles ;
"The last, not least, in love.' How many more teeth can he show? Can you bear to hear him in the night, and not rise to-help him ? no: but to hurt yourself. Can you forbear listening after his cries, or hearing them in your dreams ? Mrs. Galatin drank her son's health to-day, and wished it too, and his and his mother's company. Many are of her mind. I can give them no hopes of seeing you, till, if it please God, you have weaned your next child. In the summer her Ladyship promises you a visit.
“My heart is with you all, and yet in the work here. I trust the Lord sent me hither. Help together by your prayers. Be very particular about yourself. The Lord be your strength and peace! Adieu ! ”
“Feb. 18th, 19th, Westminster. My dearest Friend,My strength suffices for my moderate work. As I do not expose myself to the night-air, my teeth, head, limbs, are very quiet. I am sorry that poor Mrs. Vigor has been so ill ; but hope she has quite lost her pain.