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DCLXVII.

April 2, 1805.

I received my dear friend's epistle, and perceive that she is uneasy because she is at ease; troubled because she has no trouble, and disquieted because she is quiet.

We must have a daily cross of some sort or other, and this seems to be yours, as ere now it has been mine. 'All prayer' is the only armour against this, and should be put up in every direction, as the case and state may require. If in darkness, we should pray with David—“Enlighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death.” If worldly minded,

My soul cleaves to the dust, quicken me according to thy word.” If under the power of Satan, “ Deliver my soul from the lion, lest he tear it in pieces.” And, if dead, “I am free among the dead;” “A dead man out of mind, whom thou rememberest no more, and they are cut off from thy hand.” To get life under such dead frames, he uses every argument--"Quicken me in thy way;"

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nacle service.-“Quicken me according to thy word;" that is, thou hast promised to bless us, and thy blessing is life for evermore. “Quicken me in thy righteousness ;” thou hast promised us life, and thou wilt appear just or righteous in fulfilling thy promises.” “Quicken me according to thy loving-kindness; I am not, cannot be, worthy of eternal life; it flowed at first from free love and undeserved tenderness and kindness; and do thou add to this life, not according to my deserts or demerits, but according to thy love. But always conclude with submission to the will of God; leave it with divine wisdom to grant or withhold ; lest, like good king Hezekiah, we feel eternal death instead of life. When God began to quicken him, he drew wretched conclusions --that he should see man no more in the world, nor God in the light of the living ; From morning till night wilt thou make an end of me; as a lion so will he break all my bones.” But, when the vision opened, and divine sensations flowed in, he changed his voice, and cried, “O Lord, by these things men live, (not die) and in all these things is the life (not death) of my spirit: the living, the living shall praise thee as I do this day: the fathers to the children shall make Read, meditate, watch and wait, and pray, but always with submission to his will, as he knows what is best for us.

Yesterday Satan laid hard at me; last night I had a good time.

W. H. S.S. DCLXVIII.

May 30, 1805.

DEAR MOTHER,

rived.

I

AM at Cricklewood with a cold in my head. Yesterday I dined with my poor old friends, James and Peg, and I do not believe that I have dined with them before for nearly two years. Old Peg was making a pigeon pie, which, with some asparagus, was the entertainment; and the outlandish folks were the subject of our conversation. Since I began this your epistle has ar

You have twice mentioned something of sharp exercise, though not a hint of what it is : but, says Peter,

“ who shall if ye

be followers of that which is good?” Nothing can ever prevail against truth, honesty, and a good conscience. Exercise thyself, therefore, in these, and the wonderful Counsellor will plead thy cause.

I would sooner that twenty persons should injure me, than that I should be permitted to injure them. God is good ;

harm you

Read, meditate, watch and wait, and pray, but always with submission to his will, as he knows what is best for us.

Yesterday Satan laid hard at me; last night I had a good time.

W. H. S.S.

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