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worthlefs foever the One or the Other might
be: He was Blessed with too discerning a
Genius, for such good natur'd Folly. Yet og
the other hand, none made greater Allow-
ances for Humane Nature; for the various
Tempers and Educations of Men; and he
was feldom fo fevere on any as himself. His
Conversation was not four'd, with Constant
and Melancholly Complaints of the Impie-
ties of the Age; and Railing at those Free-
doms of Life, which tho' he did not Pra-
&tise himself, yet he wou'd not condemn as
Crimes, in those who us’d them. And as this
is a Temper, very Excellent in it self; since
it proceeds from that Charity, which Hopeth,
Believerb, and Endureth all Things: So it is
the more to be valued, because the want of
it, has been complain'd of, in Men of very
Itriat Lives: Some Religious Severities,
perhaps, disposing Men to Melancholly, and
hard Thoughts of those, who don't deny
themselves every liberty, they have a dislike
to. But with Mr. Bonnell

, it was quite otherwise; he Rejoiced, when he cou'd speak well of any: And when he was forc'à to discommend, 'twas always done with Con

cern and Regret. His Charity.

Equal to his Justice was his Charity, which like that of Heaven, Rejoic'd in doing Good

to All. He had a true Concern for the Souls To Mens of Men: He Contemplated, so constantly, Souls. the amazing, Love of our Saviour to Man

kind, with his Bitter Sufferings to Redeem their Souls ; that he was Acted, with some

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Degree of his Infinite Love, and Burn'd
with his Heavenly Flame. No Man in his
Station, cou'd take more Pains, to give all
he convers’d with, a true Relish of Piery
and Religion. He was continually difper-
fing good Books among young People, his
Clerks, and Servants, and Poor Fainilies;
which he seconded with such constant In-
structions, npon all fitting Occasions, deli-
ver'd with such Kindness and Concern, as
cou'd not fail, of making great Impressions
upon many of them.

The same Divine Charity to the Souls of To the Af-
Men, shew'd it felf, in his great and con- flicted.
stant Endeavours, to Direct and Comfort
those, who labour'd under Troubles and
Discontents of Mind. He had a very hap-
py Way of Calming uneasy Thoughts, and
Quieting disturbid Consciences. And in no
Work did he employ himself, with greater
Readiness or Success. For some Years, his
spare Hours, especially upon the Lord's Day,
were very much given to the Scrupulous and
Disconsolate; with whom, what he said, had
very great Weight; not only because he de-
liver'd himself with great Clearness and Judg-
ment; but also because they were always
willing to be Convinc'd and Persuaded by
him, from the Opinion they had of his Sin-
cerity and Kindness; for he treated Afflicted
Persons, with great Tenderness and Com-
passion. He first felt their Pains before he
attempted their Cure; and Wept with them,
that with him they might afterwards Re-

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joice. And the same Charity often engag'd him, in Composing Quarrels and Disputes, among Relations and Friends. Most who knew, him,desir'd his Allistance in those Cases, often leaving their differences to his Determi, nation alone: The most opposite Interests and Tempers, agreeing in this, that there cou'd be no partial proceedings where he was Concern’d.

His Management of the Duty of Reproof, His manage- is another Instance of his Charity to Mens ment of the Souls. He hardly ever omitted to Reprove, Dury of Reo where he saw it necessary; which Thews, proof

considering how hard a Duty Reproof is especially to one of his great Modesty, that a Zeal for God, had gain’d the entire Ascendant of his Soul ; and Conquer'd, even his Natural Temper. But as he feldom neglected to Reprove, when 'twas fit for him to do it ; so he had a peculiar Happiness in the Way and Manner of Reproving : He did it in such a Prudent Obliging Way, as to gain more Friends by his Reproofs, than many do by their Flatteries : His Rebukes were always deliver'd with that Address and Concern that Force of Argument, and Persuasive Eloquence ; as he feldom faild of making the Man his. Convert, but was sure of his -Friendship and Efteem. And I have been allur'd by his Friends, particularly a Great Man, who had a long and intimate Acquaintance with him; that they have wondred to see Passionate and Proud Men, endure such home and cutting Reproaches;

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deliver'd with such Plainness from Him
without the least Return of Resentment:
And that his Method of Reproving, was so
Particular and Uncommon, that 'tis impossi-
ble for any, who did not see it often, and
the strange Effects it produced, to have any
just Notion of it. Such force there is in
Prudent and well manag‘d Zeal; so diffe-
rent, both in Value and Success, from the
insolent Reproofs of the Violent and Haugh-
ty ; which only Expose such foolish Refor-
mers, and Harden Sinners in their Crimes.

But His Charity was not so entirely con- His Charity
fin’d to Mens Souls, as to neglect their Bo-to the Poor.
dies; great was his Concern for both : And
by his Bounty to the One, he often made
way for Success, to his Charitable Endeavours
on the Other. By the exactest Computation
his most intimate Friends, who were best ac-
quainted both with his Fortune and Charity,
cou'd make; he gave away the Eighth part
of his Yearly Income to the Poor. And
some Years when Objects were numerous, he
sav'd nothing at all. His Private Papers
sufficiently thew, what a Christian Feeling
he had, of the Sufferings and Necessities of
the Poor ; and there are several Meditations
in them, to move us to Compassionate and
Relieve them. And in one place he Prays for
Charity in this manner,

Give me Faith, that
will make me dare to be Charitable, without
Fear of Wanting my Self, by what I Lend, or
Give away ; that will make me freely commit all

my Worldly Concerns to God, and trust him with my Fortune, my Reputation, and Life it self : That so I may see my self, His Care ; and under the Conduct of His Providence, Ordering and Over ruling, my whole Life, and every Circunsstance of it.

He never heard of any in Want, but he generously Reliev'd em; and frequently defir'd his Friends, to find out for him, poor House-keepers, and such as were asham'd to Beg; for such he Esteem'd the fittest Objects of his Charity. And to feveral, he gave yearly Pensions; that they might not only be comforted with present Relief, but the Prospect of future Supply : And left Instructions in his Will, for the Continuance of those Pensions; and order'd a considerable Sum of Money, to be laid out in Cha. rity for ever.

Nay his Bounty to the Poor was so great and built on such right Principles that neither his being of a sickly Constitution, andcon. sequently needing more to support him than if he had been healthy, nor yet the Apprehenlions of losing his Employment in the late King James's Reign were the least Restraints upon his Charity, as may appear by the following Meditation written in the Year 1688 and during a Fit of Sickness.

My God I am unworthy of the least of all thy Mercies much more of these comfortable Conveniences which thy Fatherly

Tenderness provides for my Repose, while thou thinkest fit to lay thy hand upon

me.

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