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Heirs to his paternal Inheritance; and ina stead of entertaining the least repiring, thought for want of Illue, he thanked God for the opportunity that was put into his hands, of testifying his Love and Devotion towards him. And I believe tbere never was a Settlement of that kind made with greater Piety and Prudence the Qualifications of those who are to receive benefit by it, are strict Obligations to the Vertues of a Christian Life ; he bas laid down such Rules for the managing of it, as in humane Probability, may attain their Erd; and has provided for all those Difficulties which might threaten to render it ineffectual; which was all the labour of his own Brain, and received only its form from the skilful in the Law ; 'tis poffible the World may see the whole at length, since it may serve to direct those whose hearts God shall touch with fuch charitable Dispositions. Thus while the World lasts be will be clothing the "Naked, feeding the Hungry, visiting the Sick, (having made a yearly allowance for their Necesities) inftruéting the Ignorant, and powerfully perswading the Poor to apply themselves to the Service of God, by making it the means of their support to obey him. Happy Soul! Thy joy of doing Good will be still encreasing by the Blessed fruit thy


Zeal will bring forth even after thy Death; and if in this Life where we see through a Glass darkly, and where our best Services are allayed with the Infire mities of our frail Nature, a good Man often thinks no Pleasure comparable to that of Glorifying God; what an unconcei. vable Happiness muft it be in the next Life, where all the Excellencies of the Divine Being small be clearly discovered, and where Love is pure without the least mixture, and inflamd to its utmost cas pacity ; to find that he still glorifies him whom he Loves, and continues to make him yet loved by others. And this his charitable Temper appeared not only in his Actions, but also in his Discourse, which was governd by favourable InterpretatiOns of what others either did or said; and where things were apprehended by him, so apparently wicked and unrighteous, that they would not admit of his Candor, there be shewed his Charity in judging favourably of those Dispositions of mind wherewith they were done, ascribing them, if he could lay hold of any Colour and Pretence, to the most excusable Principles.

He excelled in all the suffering Vertues which are the peculiar Beauties of Christianity, and which the wise and


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good Providence of God, called upon bim to'exercise ; as Patience, Meeknels, Trust in God, dependance upon him for Succour, Self-denial, cheerfully taking up the Cross, forgiving Injuries, and doing good to thole that despitefully used him; and had be alwaies lived in a calm we could not have formed So just an Idea of his worth ; for we must be in a suffering state, and exposed to the weight of many and great afflictions, before we can be assured how patiently and contentedly, how cheerfully and couragiously we can undergo them; and agreeable to this 'tis remarkable that Plato to finish his Character of a Righteous man, wakes him pass through a scene of sufferings to justifie the principle of his vertue ; fleeting pains of this short life well recompenced with everlafting joys.

His conduct in the work of the Ministry sufficiently evidenc'd to the world, bow truly he ansuered that important demand in Ordination; Whether he trusted he was inwardly moved by the Holy Ghost to take upon him that Office and Miniftration?

The constant application of his time and pains to the discharge of bis Pastoral Duties ; the great neglect he always shewed in solliciting Preferments, and his readiness and chearfulness in parting with that


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Station he was placed in, when he apprehended the keeping of it inconsistent with the peace of his mind, is a clear proof that the only design he aimed at by engaging in the Sacred Function, was the Service of his Blessed Master, and the Salvation of the Souls of Men; and that be espoused his Profession as a happy Instrument of doing good, rather than of being rich and great.

The last scene of his Life, bis Sickness and Death ftill maintained the character of strict Piety and Christian Devotion ; and when I fhall tell the Reader that his admirable Book of Death made Comfor. table, the last effort of his Charity for the Salvation of his Brethren, was the subject. matter of his own practice, and the conftant exercise of his devout mind under that tedious and lingering sickness, which put a period to his days; be тау fied, that he died the death of the Righteous,

and that his latter end was like his. 'Tis true, Good men alwaies die well because qualified for that happy state upon which they enter ; though the circumstances of their death be never so sudden, and though the nature of their Disease deprives us of their edifying example, in the exercise of death-bed vertues; yet when God gives time, and the advantage of an undifturb'd understanding, the pious soul is


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carefull to make use of such Blessings, for the securing a happy Eternity.

in order to this purpose our dying Saint, whose lamp was never without oil, thought his fickness a proper season to trim it, and to provide for the Bridegroom's coming ; he prudently settled all his tenporal affairs, and after his large Legacy for charitable wjes, he acknowledgʻd the kindness of his particular Friends by some gratefull Remembrance, and rewarded the services of his Inferiors by decent Gratuities. As to the concerns of his Soul, be carefully reflected upon all the Actions of bis past Life; diligently examined his Writings, whether they afforded any matter for Repentance, (a practice bighly necesary to be imitated, by those who have been ingaged in Controverhe) he heartily bewailed all his Miscarriages, and made those solemn profesions of bis Faith, which the Church requires, and which have a great Tendency to strengthen and confirm those that survive: be freely forgave all the world, and was ready and willing to make Compensation for any wrong that could be charged upon him; he dayly joyned in the publick Prayers of the Church, and frequently received the Blelled Sacrament, once as the Viaticum of a dying Christian, with the benefit of Abfolution


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