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HIS complete Edition of the late Rev. Mr.
WHITEFIELD's Works (printed under the Direction of his Executors) it is presumed, will be highly acceptable to all his Friends, as the just and proper Monument of his Memory and Merit; and both pleasing and useful to the Public in general, but especially to those who desire to cherish and
promote the Spirit of primitive Christianity,
To the Sermons and Tracts formerly published, and which are now ranged in their proper Order, are also added other Pieces, on the most important Subjects: together with a valuable Collection of Letters, selected and prepared by himself for Publication ; in which is displayed, that native Spirit and Simplicity, so eminently conspicuous in his Life and Conversation. His Friends, and even his Enemies (should there be any such) will here openly behold his unwearied Diligence, undaunted Firmness, noble Disinterestedness, and exceeding Usefulness in the Work of the Ministry; also, his remarkable Fidelity in Friendship, exemplary Piety, and fervent Zeal for the Prosperity of pure and undefiled Religion. The Letters and Works can stand in no need of
any Recommendation : Connected with the account of his Life, (now drawn from original Papers) they exhibit a plain and undisguised View of the worthy Author, in all parts of his public Service, as well as in his private Retirements, and inward Trials; faithfully shewing the Whole of that living Temple, which was sacred to God, and happily instructing Mankind in the Ways of Godliness and eternal Life,
L E T T E R S.
L E T T E R I.
TO Mr. G. H. Dear Sir,
Oxon, July 18, 1734. AVING heard the melancholy news of your brother's death, I could not help fending you a line, to let you
know how much I am concerned. Indeed, I cannot say, I am so much grieved on his account, as for that forrow, which the loss of so valuable a youth must necessarily occafion to all his relations. No! I rather envy him his blessed condition. He, unquestionably is divinely blessed, whilst we are still left behind to wrestle with unruly passions, and by a continued looking unto Jesus and running in our christian race, to press forward to that high prize, of which he, dear Youth, is now in full fruition. These are my true sentiments about his death; I leave you to judge then, whether I had need be concerned on his account; and surely was it to be put to your choice, whether so religious a young man Thould live or die, no one could be so cruel, as to wish to detain him from his wished-for glory. Be not then too much concerned at his death, but let us rather learn that important lesson, which his whole life taught us : “ That there is nothing comparable to an early piety.” I thought to have spent many agreeable hours with him in christian and edifying conversation, when I came to Gloucester ; but he is gone to more agreeable company, and long before now has joined the heavenly choir.
I shall only add, that as your brother imitated our blessed Saviour in his life, so I pray God, he may resemble him in Vol. I. B
his death, and be a means, like his beloved Redeemer, of reconciling all former animofities, which is the hearty wish of, dear Sir, Your sincere friend and humble servant,
L E T T E R II.
To Mr. G. H. Dear Sir,
Bristol, Sept. 10, 1734. HIS morning I wrote to you in hafte, expecting Mr. .
1. would soon be going ; but to my great satisfaction, he came hither this night, and soon afterwards, your very much wished-for letter was brought to hand; which (after ten thoufand thanks for so many repeated favours) I shall now beg leave to answer. You tell me " Mr. P. likes N.” GOD be praised ! That he hath recommended something to my perusal. I'll read it, God willing, with care, at my return; " That he wants to know my quality, state, condition, circum“ stances, &c." Alas! that any one should enquire after such a wretch as I am. However, since he hath been so kind, pray tell him, that as for my quality, I was a poor, mean drawer ; but by the distinguishing grace of God, am now intended for the ministry. As for my estate, that I am a fervitor; and as to my condition and circumstances, I have not of my own any where to lay my head. But my friends, by God's providence, minister daily to me, and in return for such unmerited, unspeakable blessings, I trust the same good Being will give me grace to dedicate myself without reserve to his service. "To “ spend and be spent” for the welfare of my fellow-creatures, endeavouring to promote the gospel of his Son as much as lies in my poor power. But “ observe his “ humility,” says Mr. H. Aye, catch an old Christian without profound humility, if you can. Believe me, Sir, it is ncthing but this flesh of ours, those cursed seeds of the proud apostate, which lie lurking in us, that make us to think ourselves worthy of the very
air we breathe. are opened by the influences of divine grace, we then shall begin to think of ourselves as we ought to think, even, that God is all, and we are less than nothing. Well, you may cry, O happy temper, could I but learn of Christ to be meek
When our eyes