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Keep thyself awake, O my Soal, in this thy Dream, dare to look up to Heaven, and say, there is my Inheritance, my Treasure, my Home. Let neither Terrors fright thee, nor Allurements charm thee, to think this World any thing, or forgez
thy native Country. Omy dear God, « let down a Ray of Heavenly Light, a Beain
of thy Divine Glory,and enlighten the dark ? corners of my Heart, that with patience ! and forbearance, I may spend the remain« der of this mortal Dream, and tho seeing
thee but as in a Glass and darkly, I may never forget my Condition, or look upon this World as more than it is, (at least my share and span in it) till Shadows depart, and the Light of Glory arise full upon me, that so with full awakedness 1
may see thee whom my Soul loveth, even cas Thou art. And in the mean time, may
think nothing too much to do, too hard to suffer, or too dear to part with for thy fake, and the hopes of thy Love in my dear Saviour. Amen.
Thus did he Arm himself against all Covetous Suggestions, by Proper Arguments and Devout Prayers; and both had their due Effect; for he was entirely satisfi'd with his Condition, and ever firmly rely'd upon Providence for his Support : And not only was he Content with his own State, but that of Others also; unless of the Poor and Necersitous, whom he study'd to Comfort and Relieve. But the sin of Envy found no
room in his Soul; and those who knew him best, can witness, how far he was from betraying any discontent at the Prosperous Condition of others; at their Encreasing in Fortune, Honour, or Fame. For he knew that the only Happy, were the Religious and the Good: And their Graces, were the Subject of his Praises; but never the
Occasions of his Envy. His Tempe- In the Duties of Temperance and Chaftirance and Pu-ty, he was nicely strict and Religiously rity, severe, and kept the opposite Vices at the
greatest distance. He employ'd his Time too Usefully at Home, to allow any of it to those Places, which are the usual Scenes of Intemperance and Folly. He consider'd that Abstinence was one of the most effectual Instruments of Divine Grače, to Restrain and Subdue our Passions and Desires; and that it ought to be a Christian's great study and care, to Govern and Calm, not Exarperate and Inflame them. His Conversation was nicely. Pure and Modest, and never fully'd with an Expression, which could raise a foolish Thought; but all was Transacted, according to the Severest Rules of Decency and Religion.
But that we may have as Full and Right How he perea View of Mr. Bonnell as I can give, I shall form'd the du- now consider him with Respect to Others, ties we owe to and Thew what an Example he was, in the our Neighbours.
great Duties of Justice and Charity, and other Social Virtues. For 'tis the Property of true Religion, not only to make us Pious
towards God, Sober and Temperate our selves, but useful to the World. It secures our Hands from Violence, and Blood; our Tongues from Falshood and Slander, and our Hearts from Fraud and Cruelty ; it renders us Faithful in every Trust; Firm to every Promise : Sincere in all our Professions ; Peaceable in our Stations; Charitable to the Needy, and the most valuable Members of Society. Without these happy Effects of Religion, 'tis Superstitious and False, Hypocritical and Vain. But Mr. Bonnell's Piety, when examin'd by this, or any other Test, will appear to be True, Genuine, and sincere.
None cou'd be more Exact in every part of Justice. He had many Opportunities of and Integrity.
His Fustice Improving his Fortune, and met with Temptations, which few, but himself, wou'd have resisted. But tho' he dispatch'd all, who had Business with him, in the most obliging manner, and with great readiness; yet he never knew, what Gratuity or Reward meant ; confining his Gains entirely to his Salary, and never allowing the Importunity or Gratitude of any, to force Pecuniary ACknowledgments upon him. And when at one time, Three Pieces of Broad Gold, and a Guinea or Two at another, were left upon his Table, by Persons whom he had highly Oblig'd; he gave the Money all away, among those who had formerly been Officers in the Custom-t'ouse, and were then in Want; and acquainted his Friends with his Reasons
for being so Scrupulous. ( He own'd he had
done Services to many, in getting their Bufiness Dispatch'd, which strictly deserv'd considerable Rewards; but shou'd he allow bimself to take them, he did not know how far such a Practice might prove a Snare to him; might Tempt him to be Unfaithful in his Office; and Biass him
from his Duty: And that therefore the ' surest way to be Protected from all Bri
bery, was to keep it at a distance ; and ' never allow himself to take any thing, but
just what the King allow'd him; lest
any approaches to that Sin, however co'ver'd with Specious Pretences, might give
an Advantage to Satan, to Betray him in. 'to it. And he told his Friends farther,
that the reason of this Declaration was, that his Principle might be in some mea
fure known ; that so he might be better ' arm'd against Gifts, and Presents; and. ' neither Tempted to accept, nor put to the 'Trouble of Denying them.
These were his Principles and Practices built upon the solid Foundations of Justice and Piety, and that noble Faith which overcometh the World. None ever complain'd who had Business with him that Money was necessary to procure Dispatch, or that Difficulties were Impos'd upon them, which Presents (another name for Bribes) remov'd.
How different was his Behaviour from that which is complain'd of as too common in the World, and how few are proof against
Temptations, which he not only conquer'd
And so well was Mr. Bonnell's Character, Orphans frea for Justice and Integrity, Establish'd, that qnently coma
mitted to the Fortunes of Orphans, were frequently committed to his Management and Care: him. A Trust which he never declin'd, and always Discharg'd with a nost Conscientious Tenderness; which is a great Instance of his Charity,as well as Justice.
Nor was his Justice to Mens Fortunes, stricter than to their Character, and Fame. He rarely touch'd so nice a Thing as Reputation; and did it always with a Christian Temper and Tender Hand. But nothing like Detraction, was observ'd in his free it Conversation. He excus’d Mens Failings, as fat as was Reconcilable with Christian Pru. dence and Sincerity; and put the best Comment upon every Action it cou'd bear: And what he cou'd not Justifie, he wou'd pass lightly over. Not but that he was above thar Ridiculous Complaisance of Applauding every Perfon, and every Action, how