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to time vouchsafed unto us and our family? We will offer unto Thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving with an unfeigned heart-every day will we bless Thee, and praise Thy name for ever and ever.

"O God, lighten our souls with Thy saving truth, and fill our hearts with cheerfulness, innocence, and gratitude. Grant that we may love Thee above all things; for in Thy love is peace, and in Thy presence is fulness of joy.

"Correct us, O Lord, but not in thine anger, whensoever we go astray; forgive all our failings and infirmities, and for Jesus's sake blot out all our sins. Let Thy Holy Spirit direct, guide, sanctify, and preserve us unto the end. Grant, O Lord, that we may have faith to ask Thy blessings in the true spirit of Christian humility, and grace to receive them in such a manner as may be acceptable in Thy sight. Above all, let us remember, at all times, and upon all occasions, that Thou art a God, "unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid;" that living in a constant sense of Thy presence, we may walk uprightly before Thee all the days of our lives; that so when we come to be laid upon the bed of death, we may be able to resign ourselves into Thy hands, O most merciful Father, in perfect confidence of Thy love, and with the same calmness and composure with which we now commit ourselves to rest-knowing that Thou, Lord, wilt preserve to the uttermost all those who put their sure trust in Thee. Into Thy hands, therefore, we commend ourselves, our families, and all our concerns; for Thou art our God, and we will be Thy

servants alway. Amen, for Thy dear Son, Jesus Christ's sake, Amen."

No. IX.


"O blessed Jesus! I have now passed over another Easter-Day, when, by Thy rising from the grave, Thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers. O grant that I may be found in that blessed number. To this end, O Lord, I beseech Thee to cleanse, purify, and sanctify me by Thy Holy Spirit, that the remainder of my days may be spent to Thy honour and glory. I know, O Lord, full well, that through the infirmity of my nature I cannot long together stand upright, and that through my manifold sins I am sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before me. But, O adorable Saviour, Thou knowest that I love Thee, and that my heart's desire is to serve Thee as Thou oughtest to be served. Cast me not away, then, O blessed Lord, from Thy presence; take not Thy Holy Spirit from me; but by Thy all-sufficient grace, so strengthen, 'stablish, settle me, that all my thoughts, words, and actions may be well pleasing in Thy sight.

"Hear this imperfect prayer of an unworthy minister and humbled sinner, O blessed Lord Jesus, for thy mercy's sake. Amen."

No. X.

On sending a small Work to the Press.

"Frail sinner that I am, Thou knowest, O blessed Jesus, that I love Thee. Prosper, I beseech Thee, all my undertakings in Thy service; and grant that this humble one, in which I am now engaged, may in some degree be instrumental in preserving Thy true Church in this country. Grant this, O blessed Lord, for Thy truth's sake. Amen."

On his Annual Distribution-1809.

My poor's day. Distress increasing among the poor-thank God I gave comfort to many. Lord, Thon hast given me abundance; grant me therewith a grateful heart and a liberal hand, that of Thine own, I may be always ready to give unto Thee; and that I myself in the end may be accepted of Thee, for Jesus's sake. Amen."

"Mrs. A: D. left us on her return home, after having spent three weeks with us. In a very handsome manner, she desired to give her mite towards my asylum, putting twenty pounds into my hands. May it be laid up for her in heaven. Amen.”

North-Bradley, Sept. 1808.

"Small congregation as usual, at morning service. Alas! alas! how few are in this place— at least, of those who belong to the Church—

whose hearts are with God. No additional communicants, although I have spent so many hours this last month with two families on this important subject. May God, in his good time, open their eyes to the importance of it. Blessed Lord, if it be thy good will, prosper the labours of thy minister, imperfect as they are, in this place. O let the light of Thy truth shine into the hearts of this people, that they may understand the things that belong to their peace before they are hid from their eyes; and let not any unworthiness of the minister, prevent Thy blessing from descending freely upon the people committed to his charge. Amen, for Jesus's sake, Amen."

"Mr. Hey spent the day. He told us a curious anecdote of some of the Dissenters in Yorkshire, who, in speaking of the Church of England ser vice, described it thus: they disliked it, because there was so much paper and packthread to be got through, before they could come at the figs,"


"Preached at Christ Church for the benefit of the sufferers by the late inundation. I was unfortunately overpowered by my subject; but, thank God, the collection did credit to the attendantsit amounted to £53: 8s."-1809.


"Received a note at Church from a member of my congregation, requesting to see me: had a long conversation with her on the state of her mind. God grant that I may become the instrument of administering true comfort to her."

Good-Friday. "Preached to an overflowing congregation-more crowded than I ever saw the Church before. God be praised! May this, through his blessing, continue and prosper."

At Bradley. "Buried William Francis this morning. Great sinner that he was, I trust that he truly repented. Appointed Sunday next to preach a funeral sermon on his subject: God grant that it may be productive of good effect. To this end I most earnestly beseech Thee, O God, unworthy minister as I am, to bring the subject home to the hearts of those whom it may concern; that, inconsiderate as too many of them now are, they may, through Thy grace, see and understand the things which belong to their peace, before they are hid from their eyes."

"Preached on the death of the late William Francis. All the Meetingers attended: every part of the Church crowded, so that there was scarce standing room-upwards of a hundred at the door, unable to get in."

"Went to Bradley for the week. The poor increasing. God grant that my attention to them may proportionably increase, and that I may not experience the curse of riches treasured up to their owner's hurt."

"Called on Mrs., who, I believe, is nearly in a dying state. Every one who well considers what this world is, and as a Christian looks beyond it,

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