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thy health shall spring forth speedily; beams of hope and flames of love will rise within, and thy hard heart will melt like wax, when salvation comes to thy heart like a lamp that burneth. God knows that I lie not; for he daily sets thee before me in prayer; nor do I or can I, forget thee; indeed thou art generally the first in my mind, and I tell thee ihat thou wilt bless him for ever for these trials; for it is in faithfulness that he afflicteth thee, which keeps thee from going astray.

God tells us in such trials to be still, and know that he is God; he bids us watch his hand, wait for his counsel, and trust in his name; for “ it is God who worketh in us both to will and to do.” Faith is God's work; “ This is the work of God, that ye believe in him whom he hath sent.” And God tells us that “it is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.” Those who are bowed down under the yoke of their transgressions are invited by Christ to take his yoke and his burden, one being easy and the other lights and so the wearied soul finds it.

1 have of late been poorly, and am sure

race is run. Farewell. Be of good cheer, for he that shall come will come, and deliver thee. Dear sister, adieu.

Your affectionate friend and brother in Christ, and in the path of tribulation,

W. H. S. S.

My best respects to your spouse, mother and brother. Trouble not yourself about paying the post; your letters are always welcome to me; for many worse cases, and of longer standing, than yours have come under my inspection; and, though I could not help them, my Lord hath healed them all. Once more I say, God Almighty bless thee. Amen and Amen. So says–S.S.

DCXXXV.

June 23, 1800.

Dear Sister in the Lord Jesus Christ, grace and peace

be with you.

Having for some time been very weak and poorly, and at my recovery being obliged to go for a fortnight into the country, is the reason why my dear sister has not heard from me; and I doubt not but Satan and unbelief have made a great hand of this, as if I had done with you; suggesting that I found no encouragement to pray for you, &c. But this is all false; for my soul travails for you: nor has my confidence of your future deliverance ever staggered, or been moved, or in any sense abated. God will never be unfaithful to his word of promise to poor and needy sinners; nor unrighteous in withholding the atonement and satisfaction Christ has made for those who feel and faint under the plague of their own heart.

No, dear sister, my hope of your future happiness is steadfast: and I find a sincere love to you, and union with you; and am fully persuaded that the Lord God of Israel

Isa. xxv.

chosen us in the furnace of affliction, and it is the furnace which makes us long to choose and embrace him; and this furnace is sometimes attended with all sorts of fire except the fire of love in us to God; such as fiery wrath from a fiery law, the fiery darts of Satan, the fire of evil; and, as Paul saith, “all manner of concupiscence;” the fire of anger, malice, and rage, and the scorching sun of persecution.

Again, this furnace sometimes rages, and then again abates of its force; sometimes it makes the filth and scum, dross and tin, work up, and run over; Ezek. xxiv. 6; and

The fire discovers this; and God will parge it out of us by the love and enjoyment of Christ, when we are made heartily sick of the sight and sense of it. But still the dear Redeemer attends this furnace: “ He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.” And he promises that, when we pass through the fire, he will be with us, and through the water, it shall not overflow us; which has been true both of you and me; notwithstanding all that Satan, and an unbelieving and misgiving heart, could devise and suggest. Nay, this fire shall burn till all our dross and tin are discovered and consumed; which dross is not our natural

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Dear Sister in the Lord Jesus Christ, grace and peace

be with you.

Having for some time been very weak and poorly, and at my recovery being obliged to go for a fortnight into the country, is the reason why my dear sister has not heard from me, and I doubt not but Satan and unbelief have made a great hand of this, as if I had done with you; suggesting that I found no encouragement to pray for you, &c. But this is all false; for my soul travails for you: nor has my confidence of your future deliverance ever staggered, or been moved, or in any sense abated. God will never be unfaithful to his word of promise to poor and needy sinners; nor unrighteous in withholding the atonement and satisfaction Christ has made for those who feel and faint under the plague of their own heart.

No, dear sister, my hope of your future happiness is steadfast: and I find a sincere love to you, and union with you; and am fully persuaded that the Lord God of Israel

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