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der hearted Parent, (many Husbands and Wives, many Pious Souls in other Relations) would give a World if they had it at present to be sure of. This is the First Point.

II. In as much as Charity will be there most perfect, the Society of that Holy Multitude

must vastly enlarge our otherwise private Joys. It is the nature of Charity says the Apostle (1 Cor. 13. 4.) That it is kind, that it envyeth not, that it seeketh not its own, that it rejoiceth not in Evil, but certainly therefore rejoiceth in others Good. When therefore we shall see the whole Body of the Faithful all blessed about us, in that Immense Circle of Light, their Bliss, will as by Sympathy encrease our own, and we shall shine the Brighter by the vicinity of their Glories.

lii. For as much as according to Humane Speaking and even Understanding, the more there are in Heaven of the Spirits of Just Men made perfect, the greater must be the Glory of the most high God, it will prove on this account, an encrease of our Joys in Heaven, that by their Society the Glory of God is encreased. To raise the Glory of God to the greatest pitch, to set forth his Name, and bring Credit to our holy Religion, ever has been, is, and will be the grand design and endeavour of all holy Men on Earth.

When therefore their Souls shall be receiy. ed into their Fathers House, and shall there join with the vast Fraternity and Assembly of Saints and Angels, whose incessant Busi

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ness it is to give Glory unto God, this Blessed Company must needs inhance their

Joys. It has been sweet to them many a time E to give God Praise, even by themselves, on

their Knees in their Closets; yet much a greater Joy, to praise him with their Chriftian Brethren, in the great Congregation :

But when they shall be taken into the hea" venly Quire, and be taught by Saints, as 5 well as Angels, to Sing his Praise, here will * be a Congregation and Harmony indeed ! Who can express what Joy this must fill such

Souls with? This is matter of Joy to the *very Angels in Heaven : They (says our Lord in the Gospel) Rejoice at the Converfion of a Sinner, and much more then must we,

at the Salvation of so many Sinners (that have *been but in that State happily chang'd) and % at their mutual glorifying God with us.

I have thus endeavoured (according to what 3 of time I have had to consider, and what I

have of Ability to comprehend, I have, I say, si endeavoured) faithfully to represent the Pera

fečtions of Separate Holy Souls, and how the so

ciety of one another, adds to each others Bliss. I - am sensible I have come much short of so great

a Subject. Words cannot express it, no nor | Thoughts reach it. Eye has not seen, nor Eær heard, neither has it entred into the Heart of Man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. I Cor. 2. 9.

If our dear Brother (whose Earthly Part lies here before us) could hear, how I have spoken of these things, though I have endeatoured to take the highest and boldest Flights, which with Sobriety I could, yet could he, I say now, after his short experience of that blessed Perfection, hear what I have said, and together conceive what Notions you have framed thereof, how would he Pity us all, groping thus in the Dark, discoursing and thinking of heavenly perfection, just as Men born Blind do of Lights, or as those who never faw any thing but Midnight would do of the Sun walking in his Noon-Days brightness. How would he, if not reprove our Mistake, yet help our Errors - Eia sequor – I trust we shall all follow him into like perfection, and then see also.

Would here willingly stop or draw a Curtain, for that I am not able to Delineate to the Life,so much of real Worthand true Christianity, such Prudence and Temper, such heavenly mindedness,and serious Sense of Religion as well as exactness in the outward Offices ofitas dwelt in our Deceased Brother. Verilyhe was rather a Subject for Admiration and Wonder, than for Commendations. I had almost said he was above Praise. . Such Charity to the Bodies, such Care and Compaffion to the Souls of Men, such Integrity and Uprightness in his Dealing, and yet such strange Abilities for the Dispatch of Business ; such a self-denying Spirit and strict Retiredness, yet such constancy in doing Publick Good

3 such Readiness to oblige all, yet such Sincerity in his Friendship, it is not easie to find :

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present Age to meet with, every way, the like Man. In a word, a Perfon so accomplisht for the Publick Employments he sustained, yet no less Accurate in his Duties to God, to his Neighbonr, and Himself, I fear scarce an Age may shew. This be spoken ik general as to the Bulk of his Excellencies and whole Conversation.

As to some particulars of his Life, (for to all I cannot speak,) there are Two, which I shall take Notice of. The First of them is indeed such, in which (according to the Judg

ments of some fierce Men,) he needs to be 3. Vindicated. He held (or rather, he was in a

fort by force kept in) bis Place at the Cuftom-House, during the worst part of the last Reign. Touching this, I will only Read to you part of a Letter, which I this Dayreceived, from a Person of known Worth and Integrity. I can speak nothing therein of my own Knowledge, for all Correspondency, even by Letters, was then cut off between my dear friend and Me. The Letter, after a modest Excuse, which indeed it needed not, relates, “ That he happened to be continu" ed in his Employment at the Custom-House " because (at that time) they could not be « without his Knowledge in the Revenue ; “ but how he did employ his time, and tbe 6C Interest be had amongst that sort then in

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Opprest Protestants ; both those who had " liv'd in the City, and others who o fled for Refuge; and made so great use " of the Opportunities he had to Relieve " and Asit them, that it was more than " one half of his Business to run about and "Act in their behalf. What Income he " had, by his Enıployment, he scattered a« broad amongit them, and fought out oc66 casions for To doing; and very often ran “ Hazards, in Pressing their Sufferings, to 86 the Reproach of a Malicious and Revenge6. ful People, who had Rob'd and Abus'd

We were daily together in one u Corner or other, as we durft without u observance) and I am sure he valued no6: thing more than the good he could do " (in that fad time) to all that wanted his

help. I might enlarge upon this Subject, "s but it may be neediefs : He is gone to his " Reward in that Heavenly Kingdom.

Thus my Voucher. I have all the reason in the World to be., lieve this Relation; and I here folemnly declare I do: It holds such proportion with the Temper of his Life, known to me. And this both sufficiently vindicates and together bigbly commend's our Deceased Friend in that difinaljundure.

The other Particular relates to God's Espe. cial Providence to him on his Death-bed. It so came to pass that from his first taking his Bed, his Head of all parts was imostly seized, and though he had frequent and long

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