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I N "T H E
Eminently pious Persons lately deceased;
Mr. HUGH BRYAN,
Mrs. MARY HUTSON,
Both of SOUT H-C A R 0 L I N A.
With a P R E F A C E by the
Reverend Mr. THOMAS GIBBONS.
Sunt enim Virtutes Sanctorum quasi Testimonia qu/e
Cal<vin. in Epist. ad Heb. cap. xii. ver. I.
Printed for J. Buckland, at the Buck, in Pattr-
P R E F ACE.
TH E papers relating to Mr. Hugh Bryan were communicated some considerable time since by that excellent and amiable man the Reverend Mr. William Hutson of South Carolina to Mr. Dennis Be Berd, Merchant in London, with a design that they should bs laid before the world. The memoirs of Mrs. Hut/en were published some little ti fie since in South Carolina by her mournful survivor the above mentioned Mr. Hut/en, and from thence have been transmitted into the hands of a few friends of the Editor's in England.
The accounts of both these persons are such as, in our opinion, well deserve the publick view, and admirably delineate, and may therefore powerfully recommend, the true manner of life, which is at once the.characteristic and the ornament of a christian. . Blessed be God that, while such multitudes of mankind are abandoned to their vices, dissipated in vanity and trifling amusement, or immersed in the love and pursuit of richA z es» es, and the cares of the present life, ther4 are a divine few (may the Lord increase their numbers, and make them a thouTahd times more than they are) who, under-adtep and distressing fense of their guilt ''and pollution, have cordially embraced'an' all-sufficient Saviour, and felt the' influences of renewing and sanctifying grace upon, their hearts, and thus are enabled to live to the Lord, and under' the delightful constraint of omnipotent power and love, present their < bedhs and sprits to him, as holy and acceptable sacrifices, and their reasonable service *.
How rational the choice and conduct of such persons! What is a life of fin but a life subject to unknown terror and anguish, and a life that will surely end at last in total and irretrievable wretchedness and ruin! What miserable comforters are the bubbles of ambition, the dirt of avarice, or the vapours of sensual and forbidden pleasures, when the foul, as it shortly will, is ordered to decamp from earth, and take up its final abode in the everlasting state! Then may the spirit justly and bitterly cry our, My gods are taken away, and what have I more -f? And however hard the sinner
* Rom. xii. i. f Judg. xviii. 24.
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