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some Resemblace to its Original, whatever its particular Defeats may be ; which are the Fewer ; that so much of it is the work of

his own masterly Hand. And no doubt the * Whole will sufficiently convince :us, That

his Piety and Goodness were of a Strain very
rarely to be met with ; and that the more
we make him our Rule and Pattern, both in
Religious and Civil Life, the nearer we shall
come to Perfection.
And now to give his Character in short.

His Chare
Mr. Bonnell, like another Samuel, seems to

&ter. have been consecrated to God from the * Womb, and to have had his first Dawnings

of Reason inlightned by Grace. He made early and quick Improvements in Knowledge and Learning, greater in Religion and Piety. He began his Journey to Heaven in the Morning of Life, and remembred bis Creator in the Days of his very Childhood. He had Noble and Generous Thoughts of God,

join'd with the humbleft, lowest Thoughes T of himself; and a most inflam'd love to

our Blessed Saviour. And by these Princi* ples were bis Life and Actions influenc'd and

govern'd: For in God he plac'd his Confidence and Trust; to God he resign'd him

self, his Concerns, and very Desires. With - the lowest Humility he submitted to his ! Will, and with unparalleld Patience bore

his Corrections. In Silence he underwent Pain and Anguih, or, if he fpake, 'twas all Prayers and Praises. His Devorions had their daily Returns with the Sum; nor was it more



constant in its Course, than They : Prayer was the Entertainment of his Health, and Support of his Sickness, his greatest Delight and Joy. He saw clearly through the Vanity of Life, and wisely consider'd how shortliv'd and unsatisfying all its Pleasures are ; and therefore propos'd to himself a Nobler

and by an active Faith, look'd beyond the Grave. There he saw Joys which can never fail ; upon which he entirely fix'd his Heart, and all the Bent of his Desires; and continued constant at every Duty, which might help him forward towards the happy Mansions of Eternal Pleasures.

In his Conversation, there was an easie Cheerfulness, mix'd with a Religious Gravity, something that commanded and pleas’d! at once : And in all his Actions, in his Meen and Behaviour there appear'd an hnmble Modesty, a Natural Openness and Sincerity: Nothing that was dark or designing, assuming or vain, positive or Morose ; but all Plainness, Gentleness, Meekness. He labour'd with great Application, to bring his Passions to a ready Submission, to the Dia ¿tates of Grace and Reason ; and by the hap. py. Methods he us’d, gain'd a mighty Conquest over them. He fix'd them upon proper Objects, and kept them within narrow Bounds: Or, if he ever allowed them greater Liberty, it was when, warmed by an active Zeal, he endeavour'd the Advancement of Piety, and the Suppreslion of Vice.


With respect to the other Duties of the Christian Life, his Justice was unshaken, his Integrity unsuspected. Interest lost all Power where Duty was concern'd; and he was afsaulted by it as a Rock is by the Sea, its Waves are broken, but the Rock stands firm and uninov'd. His Hands were never fully'd with disputable Gain, nor his Heart infected with any kind of Fraud. Slander and Detraction bore no part in his Converfation, and he put the beit Constructions upon Aations they were capable of bears ing.

He had a true Christian Concern for the Souls and Bodies of Men, and did all that in him lay, to supply the Wants of Both. He was Zealous for the Church, whereof he was a Member, yet charitable to those who differ'd from him: And his very Enemies

shar'd in his Love, his Compaslion, and his | Prayers. It was his daily Study to be useful

to the World, and to do Good to Mankind; and he never rejoyced more, than when Providence gave him an Opportunity of comforting any in Distress, or relieving any in Want.

As to his Relations, there cou'd not be a more dutiful obliging Son, a more tender and indulgent Husband, a more faithful and zealous Friend ; making his Friends Concerns, in the kindest manner, his own; sharing in their Sorrows and Joys, and dea clining no Pains to do them Good in their Fortunes, their Characters and Souls. Our


Governours cou'd not desire a better Subject, nor our Church a better Member ; submitting to her Authority, waiting upon her Service, and reverencing her Laws, and adorning all by a Heavenly Example.

And tho he always study'd to be little known, yet such Excellencies cou'd not be hid; he was known and justly valu'd; he was honour'd by the Bad, and belov'd by the Good of every Perswasion. He was regarded by the Great, and consulted by the Wife. A general Love attended him in his Life, and as general Sorrow waited on him to his Grave.

And now from the preceeding Account of Mr. Bonnell's Life and Character, I leave it to all Competent judges to deterinine, if he was not a truly Great Man, according to all just Notions of Greatness, which can never be separated from Piety and Goodness? And whether many, who are reckon'd Heroes in the Records of Time, don't fall short of him, in many Instances of Substantial Virtue. For wherein did their Greatness principally conlist, but in raising a Dust, and inaking a Noise in the World ? In commanding Armies, and laying Countries waste? In committing Acts of Violence and Cruelty, and doing much Mischief to Mankind ? Whereas his Principles led him on to make . All rejoyce, but None mourn ; to do Men Good in their valuable Concerns, in their Fortunes, their Bodies, but chiefly in their Souls. He study'd to transcribe in his Life,


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all the imitable Perfections of God; and to be truly Great by resembling, as much as possible, that infinite Fountain of Greatness and Goodness.

And from the fame Account of Mr. Bonnell's Piety, and the several Instances giveni of bis Virtues, we may fee how glorious Christianity appears, wben it duły influences our Lives, and governs onr Actions: when it smooths our native Roughness, and foftens us into Love and good Nature, Humility and Meekness, Gentleness and Charity; When it enlightens the Head with exalted Thoughts of God, and warms the Heart withi his Love and Fear : When it opens our Mouths in Prayers and Praises, our Hands to the Poor, and our Doors to Strangers : When it plants a firm Faith in the Soul, which is fruitful in producing all Graces and Virtues there : When it arms us with steady Justice and Truth, unshaken Constancy, and invincible Patience: When it exalts us above the World ; gives us just Sentiments of its Vanity, and strong Désires after unseen De lights: When it enlarges our Prospect be. yond the Grave, and presents the Spiritual World to our View, and fills us with enlivening Hopes of being for ever happy there: When thefe Hopes so powerfully act upon our Souls, that we can be upconcern'd Spectators of human Greatness, and desire filently and calmly to pafs thro’this World: In a word, when Christianity makes us live, converse and act here, as this great Example



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