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He was very strict in observing and keeping holy the Lord's-Day : and with a becoming seriousness would reprove, or admonish those that he saw linned it, and idled it away. He was a diligent Pious Attender on Public Worship;and had such a value for Sermons, and love to 'em, that he did not reckon hearing enough, but has thought it worth his while to write those that he found most Benefit by ; some twice, fome thrice over.
As his Education had been amongst the Baprifts, so he had not been Baptiz’d in his Infancy. The first thing he came to Converse with me about, was concerning the nature of this Ordinance, and what was needful to prepare an adult Person for it. My time, and other circumitances forbid a relation of what paffed on this Head. It is enough to publish, that the Result of all was an earnest defire to comply with the Institution ; and to have it done as speedily as might be. Going into the Country soon after, I advised him to consult with his father about it, which after he had done, upon his return to London he renewid his Request ;
and with great Solemnity and entire Satisfa&tion he was Baptized *, which I here mention as an undoubted Evidence, and proof of his Uprightness and Sincerity; in not being will ng to omit, or go on in the neglect of any thing which he was convinc'd was a Duty.
ALL this while Religion lay warm at Heart ; and he was better in Reality, than in Appearance. He was a true Lover of those he faw Piously inclined'; making it his great Concern to Impress all his Intimates with a Sense of the Weight, and Importance of the great Truths of Christianity. There is more than one in this place that have reason to bless God for their Acquaintance with him.
THIS is the promising Youth that's taken from amongst us; and concerning whom, after all that has been said, it mult now be added He is Dead. But the conGderation of his peaceful End, and now happy Condition, should check our Grief
and Lamentations. This leads us to give fome account of;
II. THE End of this person. Herë I can only relate what I have from those that were about him, and conversed with him in his Sickness: The Nature of his Distem per * being such, as rendred it altogether improper for me to visit him. Tho' at first he was very desirous to have feen me, and often mentioning my Name; yet was very well satisfied in my Absence, when he was told the Reason: It may be I might have been able to have said fomething more on this Head, if I could have attended him, than now I can; but scarce. ly to have remembred better what did pals than the Person to whom I am beholden for the Relation. And we have enough to confirm the Truth of all the aforemen. tion'd Observations upon the peaceful Death of a Good Man, in his Hippy Endi
He had great Comfort in Reviewing À paft Life. He had indeed a deep Senfc
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of his Sin and Imperfections ; but a true peace in the Thoughts of what God had done for his Soul, and what he had been enabled to do for God: The Blood of a Redeemer was what he depended upon ; and the Righteousness of Christ what he only trusted to for his Acceptance with the Father: Which having before by Faith apply'd to himself; and by Uno feign'd Repent ance laid hold on; he told those that were standing over him His Work was done ; and he thanked God He had not then to prepare to Die. He expressed a great deal of pleasure in thinking of the Time he had spent in the Service of God: He would frequently be speaking of God's Goodness and Mercy towards him.
HE had also a settled peace in looking to the Life to come. When a Friend, with whom he used to talk freely about his FutureState,ask'd him what he thought then of an Eternal World ? He told him, That it seemed more awful at the near views he then had of it, than ever it did in a time of Hieabéh ; but he was fo well satisfied of bis ena tring into a safe and happy State : and that he trusted the God whom he had found so gracious before, would not then leave him,
: He had a remarkable Composedness, and easiness in the frame of his Mind under his Diftemper, the
ho' very uneasy, and reft. less in his Body: and was intirely resign'd to the Pleasure of God; and if at any time Nature seem'd to reluctare, and grow fretful, he would presently suppress its ri: sings in the Words of an Agonizing Savi. our, Father thy Will be done.
He could look to every thing about him with Peace too. As for the Pleasures and Enjoyments of the World, he was so far from being disturbed at the parting with these, that he declared He sav nothing desirable here. He sent for his Bed- Fellow, and Fellow-Apprentices, when he thought himself near his Departure, and thus took his leave of them. The first (with whom he was more peculiarly Intimate, and to whom he had rendred himself very valuable) he spoke to in such Words as these, I am just a going, O endeavour to improve the Opportunities which you may ftill Enjoy : And think of the Pious Conversation we have had together. When this person was before speaking how Melancholy he should