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derness and sympathy which you have manifested towards me, during my present long and threatening bodily infirmities. In this time of affliction, I have received from you as a people, and from numerous individuals in this place, liberal tokens of love. I pray God to reward you with spiritual and everlasting blessings. To Him who hath the
hearts of all men in his hand, be the glory, for rendering you the instruments of dispensing his favours. Whether I am to realize a recovery to health, and a return to my public labours, or whether the present illness will terminate in my removal from the world, is to us unknown. Let it be the daily prayer of all who seek God, that "Christ may be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death."
Our entrance into the invisible world, and on our eternal state, is swiftly approaching. Like the former generations we must sleep in the dust of the earth, and with them, and with all who shall go down to the grave, we shall be awakened at the resurrection, by the voice of the archangel, and the trump of God. With all the living and the dead, we must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, and receive our final sentence.
We must, before the assembled universe, give an account to him of our conduct towards each other as minister and people, and of all the actions of our lives. I pray God, that you may all be my joy, and crown of rejoicing, in the day of the Lord Jesus. "Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy; to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever." AMEN.