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, 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
Degree of his Infinite Love, and Burn'd
The same Divine Charity to the Souls of To the Af-
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;
deliver'd with such Plainness from Him
But His Charity was not so entirely con- His Charity
Give me Faith, that
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