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solution, Sincerity and Openness, Prudence and Candour, Generosity and Love. He declin'd no Trouble, nor Hazards to serve his Friends. He Allisted, he Advis’d them in all their Difficulties and Doubts, and conftantly pray'd for them. And he had one property of a true Friend, very rarely to be met with, (because true Friendship is fo) which was always to deal plainly with his Friends, and tell them what he dislik'd in their Conduct : But this he did not in a haughty, imperious way, but with the prudent Endearments and Tenderness, as well as Sincerity of a Friend ; in such a manner as by his Reproofs to oblige them, and fix them faster to his Friendship.

He was not long in this Kingdom before his Friendship was very much coveted ; and still as he became more known, it was desir'd the more. He was intimately acquainted with many of our Bihops; but his chief Friends among them, were, Doctor Dopping, late Lord Bishop of Meath, and Doctor Foley, late Lord Bishop of Down and Connor, who made Mr. Bonnell one of his Executors : The Deaths of these Eminent Prelates he truly lamented, but much more for the Church's sake, than his own. Such were likewise Doctor Wetenhall, the present Lord Bishop of K Imore and Ardagh, and Doctor King, Lord Bimop of Derry : Their Lordships maintain'd a constant and most Intimate Correspondence with him ; they consulted him in most of their Affairs, and

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paid a very great Deference to his Judgment; and still speak of his Virtues with a particular Pleasure.

Among the Gentry, his Friendship was courted by most who were so happy, as to

have any opportunity of doing it, and had i a right Relish of Learning, or Piety: Buc Ì with some, he contracted a great Intimacy ; 5 particularly the Honourable Sir Robert King

Barronet; who has a particular Veneration for Mr. Bonnell's Memory, speaks of him with the greatest delight, and ever since his Death, has express'd longing desires of seeing his Life Publish'd. To whom I shall only add, John Bulkely, and John Reading, Esqs; late of the City of Dublin; who, as with Mr. Bonnell, they were comely in their Lives, so in their Deaths, they were very little Divided; it having pleasd God to take them both to himself, in a short time after Mr. Bonnell: So that, in less than Three Months, the City of Dublin was depriv'd of Three Gentlemen who were Eminent Patterns of Pi. ety and Goodness.

Many of the Physicians of Dublin were likewise his intimate Friends, which they wou'd never have been, had they not been as Eminent for their Piety, as their Abili. ties in their own profesion, and his Ac. quaintance was desir'd, and Friendship courted by the most considerable of the Clergy, for Piety and Learning ; several of whom, ad. visd with him in their Difficulties and Doubts: particularly where any Mans Con


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fcience was concern'd, and always paid a great Regard to his Judgment.

And indeed so well was the Character of his Excellencies confirm'd among us, so generally was he Known, Esteemid, and Lov’d in Ireland; so Inoffensive was his Life, so free from Censure, or Blame; that I believe no Private Man was ever more Lamented. All Professions joyn’d in Testifying their Concern at his Death.

It was look'd upon as a general Loss; and many who had never

Personally known him, Bewail'd it. His Behavi. If we consider Mr. Bonnell with respect to our to his fe-his several Relations, we shall find him an veral Relatio excellent Pattern in every Duty, arising from

them. As he had been blessed with Reli

gious Parents, so he ever acknowledg'd his Parents.

Obligations to their Pious Care. They began betimes to form his Mind to Religion : And as their Endeavours were so Bless'd from Above, that they made him a sincere Servant to God; fo of Consequence, a Dutiful Son to themselves. Thus in one place he speaks of his Parents, some Years before his Marriage.

'My Chiefest Benefactress on Earth, is my 'Mother ; She hath brought me to Heaven:

And Blefied be the Memory of my Father, which hath Influenc'd my Life, I have no

Children to Bequeath these Blessings to, let "them Descend upon all the Faithful Chil'dren of Abraham; and diffuse themselves

the more, for not being confin'd to a Single Line, till after many Descents, they shall


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come at last, to meet themselves at the
great Day of Jubilee. O all ye that love
God this is iny Legacy! The Blessing De-
scended on me from my Father and Mother,
I leave among you.

If we consider Mr. Bonnell either as a Son Governors, of the Church, or a Subject of the State ; he had all those Qualities, which, were they Universal, wou'd render our Church and Countrey Flourishing and Happy. He pur- . fu'd no Private Designs, had no Ambition to Gratifie, fell in with none of our Parties; and was not only free from Faction, but all Suspition of it. He offer'd up his daily Prayers for all our Governours both Spiritual and Temporal'; and was very rarely known to Condemn their Actions, or Censure their very Faults. And in all Cases of Difficulty and Doubt, wich Relation to Government, he still begʻd Direction from Above, That his Mind might be Inlighten'd, and his Conscience guided by the Divine Spirit ; and that God wou'd Instruct him, and all bis true Servants to fudge Righteous Judgment.

If we consider him as a Husband, no Man wife:
ever express’d more Tenderness and real
Love. He ever found some New Way to
shew his Kindness, fome Peculiar Methods of
Obliging. In every illness of his Wife's,
he sensibly fuffer'd with her; and when ever,
in his Sickness, she gave him any Alistance,
he always made Fresh and Kind Acknow-
ledgments of her Care : And what was more,
he Instructed, he Allisted her for Heaven,


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calling daily upon her, to join in Prayers and Praises to God with him

His Servants he treated with the same Civility, as if they had serv'd Him out of Good Will, and not for Maintenance and Reward. And when they were Sick, he behav'd himself to them, rather as a Father, than a Master; omitting no Expence, nor Care which were necessary for their Recovery; And not only providing for their Bodies both in Health and Sickness, but being a Faithful Instructor and Monitor to their Souls. And those who had been his Parents Servants, or Attended him in his childhood, and at School, were ever after the Objects of his Charitable Kindness: He Supported them when in Want, and took care of their Children, when they cou'd do nothing for them.

In a Word, all his Friends and Relations, all who desired, or any way needed his Help, he study'd to Allist and Relieve ; Treating them with the most obliging Civility ; Comforting them, when in A Miction or Trouble; Reproving them, when in Sin ; and Supplying them, when in Want : And all this without any other View or Design, than the conscientious Discharge of his own Duty, and that by all the Services he was able to do them, he might engage them in the Service of his Great Master, and make thein his Fellow-Candidates for Heaven.

I have thus given a Faithful, tho' Imperfeet Representation of Mr. Bonnell's Virtues, and am perswaded that the Picture bears


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